The world is changing and it is already old news. We can see it all around us. Gone were simpler times because the digital world has finally come for real and taken over everything. Mankind did not hesitate in embracing all the new tech innovations because they not only looked cool but made life so much easier and more comfortable despite the high price tag attached to them. As a result, the environment deteriorated because of our dependence and increased consumption of digital things and non-renewable resources like fossil fuel.
We are now experiencing the wrath of Mother Nature. Natural calamities have significantly worsened and they hit us with a force so deadly. Both lives and properties are lost and recovery and rehabilitation become harder and harder each year because of the magnitude of the damage regardless of the technologies we now use today. Many environmentalists are asking for everyone’s support to change our ways and support a sustainable environment in an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint, thereby slow down climate change.
This includes ensuring a reliable power supply at an affordable price for the country’s continued socio-economic development, optimising the efficient use of energy sources and promoting the use of clean and renewable energy, they said.
Speaking at the conference on sustainable energy and a low emission economy in Viet Nam yesterday, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong said that energy security has always been regarded as a top priority in policy and strategy development for Viet Nam’s energy sector
The nation’s energy demands have increased at a remarkable rate over the last 15 years, with a commercial energy growth rate of about 9.5 per cent per year. Power consumption has been increasing at about 11 per cent per year between 2011-2016.
Viet Nam faces challenges with its increasing energy demands, which put pressure on energy security and the national economy. Thus, the country has switched from being an energy exporter to an energy importer, and plans to import 17 millions of tonnes of coal in 2020.
Various countries all over the world are doing their part to hopefully put a brake on how climate change is quickly progressing because it will be our loss if we don’t. While not all countries have the same energy demands and consumption, other less progressive nations often take all the casualties because of their geographical location. But if we all try to adopt a sustainable environment and take it to the next level by ensuring that as many countries participate in this initiative, it may actually work in saving the planet for real.
The discourse of sustainable development, has been substantially influenced by Johann Rockstrom’s article in 2009 called ‘A safe operating space for humanity’. Rockstrom and his colleagues enlist nine ‘planetary thresholds’ which are nine ecological balances, whose resilience and ‘carrying capacity’ should not be tampered with.
Addressing the outer planetary thresholds has often been the main focus of environmentalists and advocates of sustainable development. Very often in the discourse of sustainable development, especially since the Brundtland Report of 1987 which catalyzed the use of the word Sustainable Development, the published and online material dealing with the subject often use these words interchangeably with ‘environmental sustainability’ or ‘environmentally sustainable development’. As Agyeman elucidates in ‘Introducing Just Sustainabilities’,“Sustainability cannot be simply a ‘green’, or ‘environmental’ concern, important though ‘environmental’, aspects of sustainability are. A truly sustainable society is one where wider questions of social needs and welfare, and economic opportunity are integrally related to environmental limits imposed by supporting ecosystems”.
In reality, building and supporting a sustainable environment isn’t an easy one but it is a must if we want our entire species to keep on living. There are different facets that must be addressed and considered. Not only are you expected to do your part in reducing your waste and energy needs and using more environment-friendly products and services but the society as a whole should embrace this concept and integrate it into the very core of living.
Everything in this world is interdependent with one another even if this relationship is not visible to our naked eye. We may not really understand how sustainable living can impact the progression of climate change but at least we know we are doing something about it and not just letting nature take its course. After all, it is mainly our fault why climate change and global warming has come this early and wreaked this much havoc to our surroundings. It is but a must for us to find a way to solve this problem before it eventually wipes out everyone on the planet and it starts by taking care of the environment.