The question which is more important to be answered is that why we are not successful in fighting against environmental problem although the government is spending a huge amount of money, and numerous advisory bodies are also present?
One of the main reasons for this is that to estimate the damages associated with the environment in developing countries, policy makers are often forced to extrapolate the results from studies conducted in industrialized countries. These extrapolations may be inappropriate for the two reasons: -
First, it is not clear that the relationship found between society and Environment is same everywhere. At the relatively low levels of pollution experienced in industrialized countries, the condition differs from developing countries which face extremely high levels of pollution.
Second, in developing countries, cultural practice is extremely different from industrialized countries, so the same action plan may not work at both places. For example, people die at younger ages due to different causes than in industrialized countries, implying that extrapolations of the impacts of air pollution on mortality may be highly misleading.
Important point to be noted in this area is that, if any research is done by the Indian scientist, it is done in a LAB. They have frozen idea that the Indian society in scientifically illiterate. This is not good. Science is about everyday policy. It needs to be understood and for this it needs to be deliberated openly and strenuously.
Issues of conflict of interest will be brushed aside as integrity cannot be questioned behind closed doors. Silence is the best insurance. This is what happened inside a stuffy committee room, where scientist sat to permit Mahyco-Monsanto to grow Bt Brinjal.
A well-planned city is welcomed by all of us, but who will advocate for the loss of greenery or deforestation caused for the construction of the same?
We want from all of us to come forward and face the challenges, and situations of the environment. Government and policy makers always have a fear of saving their government and always have an eye on next election.
We all know there are infinite books and sites which can give us the knowledge about environment and related issues. But knowing the problem and delaying with it is the two different things.
Former is being studied for years and will continue to be, we all need to take the responsibility of the latter.
There are many groups who are trying to fight for the Environment at grass-root level, and they deserve standing – ovation, but there is a further need to step in policy-making. We will have to take action before it is too late, because no one will be willing to get cursed from the coming generation, who would be deprived of the basic needs because of greed.