Sustainability highlights of 2021

In this article, we have highlighted 2021 sustainably.

1. The link between coronavirus and climate change

The spread of coronavirus in 2020 left the world speechless, helpless, and devastating. We cannot forget the loss and pain we have all suffered whether it’s emotional or financial. 

However, there is only one thing that is positive amid all the negatives that are its effect on nature across the planet. 

Few of the most polluted cities breathed fresh air in decades. The air quality upgraded due to the lockdown imposed in many countries due to coronavirus. This would have been hard to imagine a few years back. 

We must learn from the coronavirus outbreak, understand the way the world reacted and what it did to tackle the outbreak. We should let the world take this as a classic example to come up with ways to tackle climate change.  

2. The Green Recovery

The problems arousing due to climate change and coronavirus both overlap. But did you know so do their solutions? 

The institutions, companies, and government have started to work on a shared roadmap in response to the pandemic. They understand that the actions we take due to the coronavirus will decide the present and future of our planet. Hence, they have introduced a Green Recovery roadmap according to which both the disastrous effects of climate change and the aftermath of covid-19 on our economy would be dealt with. 

3. Renewable sources of energy

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has not only affected our lives at a personal level but has also had a tragic effect on our economy.

The only way to recover is to drive the Green Recovery roadmap by the use of these renewable sources of energy. This will enable the planet to fight both the climate crisis as well as the global economic crisis.

4. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

One of the few ways to ensure that companies and business organizations use clean energy is through PPAs. 

PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is a contract between producers( that generate electricity) and corporate consumers(that purchase electricity) for the purchase of renewable energy. There are many forms of PPA at the current time and they vary according to the needs of producers, consumers, and other third parties involved.

5. Carbon Neutrality

The goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, but how do we do it? Well, there are many ways including decreasing energy consumption, upgrading energy efficiency, and shifting to a renewable energy consumption norm that also has financial means that could change our way of production and consumption of our resources.

6. Reduce CO2 in the atmosphere

You must be wondering is it possible to capture carbon from the atmosphere? 

The answer is Yes, it is possible. There are both natural and artificial ways to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The most basic one is planting more trees whereas others involve using technology to filter CO2 from the air. 

7. The European Taxonomy

First of all, it’s an essential tool for decarbonizing the global economy. It could also become the key to a resilient and sustainable global economy.

The EU Taxonomy is a classification system that classifies sustainable economic activities. It allows investors to know whether their investment is sustainable and contributes to Europe’s sustainability goals. It also plays a crucial role in scaling up the European sustainable investment and enforcing the European Greed Deal.

8. Healthful Seas and Oceans

Oceans cover two-thirds of our planet hence we must consider our seas and oceans too. The health of both our people and our planet depends on the blue source of life that is oceans.

Seas and oceans regulate a lot of crucial parts of our life such as the rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, most of our food including the oxygen we breathe are all provided by them.

Hence, it’s very important that we take care of them and always maintain their condition to safeguard our environment and help develop a sustainable development model.

9. Climate inequality

By July 29 2021 we have consumed all the resources that could have been generated in a year. If we continue consuming resources at this rate we may need two planets to sustain our existing way of life and economic system.

The sad part is that these resources are neither produced nor consumed equally around the world. Moreover, there is inequality even among those who contribute most and those who are affected most by it. 

It is our responsibility to create a sustainable and resilient planet by putting an end to inequalities between countries. Hence, we can prevent climate inequality and its effects. 

10. Our new society

We hope to finish this year with the idea of a new society that works on three pillars that include the protection of the environment, the socially developed, and the green economy. 

Let’s innovate and try to be more sustainable by building energy sufficient buildings, reconstructing islands, plastic recycling, public electric transport, accessible solar power, and many more ways could also be introduced.

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