This interview is a part of the World Environment Day 2020 Interview Series. We welcome views from environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on present environmental challenges and request their innovative ideas to find sustainable solutions to solve them.
According to you what is the biggest environmental threat in the world at
Jain: According to my perceptive the biggest environmental
threat in the world at present is Air pollution and Climate Change. Our
resource-intensive lifestyles have contributed to air pollution and global warming.
We produce and consume more than ever before, and as a result, we create more
greenhouse gases, as well as air contaminants in the form of chemicals and
particulates, like black carbon.
What do you think a common person can do to help the environment?
Jain: When it comes to the environment, every little thing you
do counts. As it is said, charity begins at home so there are plenty of little
things one can adopt that can make a difference in their everyday lifestyles.
using plastic, polythene and non-biodegradable things. Carry your own shopping
and grocery bags, rather than buying a new polybag every time.
off the lights when they are no longer needed. Use energy-efficient light
sources like CFLs.
should use only as much water as you need, avoid wasting the water used, and
strive to protect water supplies.
taking cars or carpool whenever possible.
What message do you have to the present and future generations?
Jain: It is difficult to realize that instead of being
controlled by wealth, economic growth and the bottom line, we must live within
the limits of the natural world and substitute our growing economy with a
stable state economy – a structure that allows for qualitative development but
not quantitative growth overall. To be an effective model for the future
generation means we must be knowledgeable about the world, not the world of
entertainment and excess, but about the environment and how it is changing. We
need to learn about things we can do to reduce our impact on the earth and then
act on our learning.
What is the significance of ‘World Environment Day’ at the present time?
Jain: Every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is observed
and it is the largest global celebration for meaningful environmental action.
The day is not just a day to read about the issues that affect the countryside;
it is all about practice and getting off your chair physically to do something
to help protect nature. Every year on World Environment Day, there are new
themes about the causes of environmental pollution. It is very difficult to say
how much environmental pollution is free on this day only in the whole year. To
prevent water pollution, air pollution, global warming, plastic pollution,
every year some work is done with the common people on this day.