We’re all subtly aware of what climate change is, why it happens and it’s repercussions.
After all, we’ve spent our most of the school days discussing them. Be it writing essays, listening to speeches, competing in debates or advocating the rising global temperature in some way.
But could all these discussions actually instil some sensitivity in us? Or just got spoken about and moved on with?
India is a huge country, with more than a billion people currently, they say. Every sixth person in the world is an Indian. With such a vast representation and power, comes the need of being responsible.
Because we’re not only one of the most populated nations, but also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Believe it or not, climate change is personally affecting us.
How? Rising sea level and extreme weather events lead to like population displacement and pollution around you.
Also, increasing local temperatures can cause heat-related cardiopulmonary illnesses, stress and something as severe as mental health consequences.
And we don’t always see that coming. What can be a better example than Kerala floods?
But after reading and already knowing most of this, what should we actually do? Go ahead to see some options.
All the levels of the government consist of people who make significant decisions for the nation, all of which conclusively come down to climate and Earth.
It’s pivotal for any individual to realise the need to vote, and why they shouldn’t refrain from it.
The youth of the nation are observed to keep the privilege of voting rights as an option. We need to understand that the future generations would look upon our actions to take theirs.
The authority that lies in the hands of the government is surprisingly unparalleled and we need a voice that takes ownership of its people.
One less vote gives one more chance to the wrong leader, remember that.
2. Choose one cause and go for it
“In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.”
– David Suzuki
The statement says it all. To begin with being a good leader, we need to become good enough in the beginning.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals enlist all the major world issues, where we stand against them and what we can do about it.
Just sitting and thinking never helps, but educating yourself about them may bring forward something that relates to you. Something that nerves you to do something about the cause you relate to.
Be it freedom from pollution or conservation of nature, empathise with one goal and go for it!
3. Study, advocate climate and spread some sense
Yes, this can be considered an unusual action, since it’s rare to find people who’re generously thinking about climate change and doing something about it.
Be one of those rare people.
By advocating we mean becoming a story and sharing it. Leading by example.
Having information is never bad. Connect to people with different notions and evaluate yourself.
Challenge and dream big for a safer India, healthier India.
India is in a serious state of climatic depression and one part of the country has already begun to face the consequences.
Let’s become accountable and showcase the responsible citizenship within us.
If this article made sense to you, you can know more about how you can contribute to global climate change with AIESEC here.
Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s traveling!