Covid19? Remember? “Think Globally, Act Locally”?

Published by Balraj Arpit on

In 2011 and 2012, I was in my 18s and International Youth Representative of India at UNFPA, UNEP, TUNZA Eco Generation and SAMSUNG Engineering. At that age we were speaking about Think Gloabally, Act Locally during national and international conferences.

If you still don’t know what it means then here’s the definition. “Think globally, act locally” urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. Long before governments began enforcing environmental laws, individuals were coming together to protect habitats and the organisms that live within them. These efforts are referred to as grassroots efforts. They occur on a local level and are primarily run by volunteers and helpers.

“Think Globally, Act Locally” originally began at the grassroots level, however, it is now a global concept with high importance. It is not just volunteers who take the environment into consideration. It is corporations, government officials, education system, and local communities.

Warren Heaps states, “It’s really important to recognize that markets are different around the world, and company compensation programs should reflect a balance between global corporate philosophy and local practice and culture”.

I hope you understood something about Think Globally, Act Locally.

Now, look at the data below which shows the confirmed cases of COVID19. Something which started as Coronovirus from Wuhan, China is spreading all the World and has become from Epidemic to Pandemic.

If, “Think Globally, Act Locally” was practiced from 1971 when it was first coined by David Brower, Founder of Friends of the Earth then probably it would not have become pandemic from epidemic. The world needs a new lifestyle and culture for sustainable future else nothing gonna save our mother Earth. We are required to decrease traveling and connect remotely using technologies. Even our traveling is not spreading any Viruses then still it’s creating carbon footprint. One or the other way, our carbon footprint is increasing, see graph below.

Statistic: Historical carbon dioxide emissions from global fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes from 1758 to 2018 (in million metric tons)* | Statista
Find more statistics at Statista

Biodiversity and ecosystems contribute to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals; 17 goals designed to contribute directly to improving human well-being and attaining our collectively agreed upon development priorities. Biodiversity is at the centre of many economic activities, especially agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Almost half of the planet’s population are directly dependent on natural resources for livelihoods and basic subsistence needs. If our natural resources will keep affected by viruses like COVID19 due to our lifestyle then always remember that there’s no Planet B for us with natural resources. We, humans are contaminating our planet.

By 2050, the world population is expected to cross 10 billion. The more human population, the more vulnerability. Think Globally, Act Locally before it become too late to act.

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