Why is it time to be Karmic now?
Climate change is real and India is not left out of this global crisis. In India, we are already facing more floods and severe heat waves. According to the report Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region prepared by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) warned that the rapid changes in the temperature would increase stress on India’s natural ecosystems which will ultimately impact on India’s biodiversity, food, water, and energy security, and public health.
As per the report:
- India’s average temperature has already increased by around 0.7 degree Celsius during the 1901–2018 period due to greenhouse gas emissions and by the end of 2100, it is expected to rise by approximately 4.4 degree Celsius, according to the report by researchers from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune.
- The rise in temperature is likely to increase the frequency of killer heat waves over the country’s plains.
- This increase in surface temperatures will result in droughts for some regions. It will also intensify rainfall and severe cyclones in others — causing large parts of India to experience floods.
- “India is the most densely populated region in the world, with relatively high sensitivity and low resilience to changes in its climate, all of which makes it very exposed and vulnerable to any changes that may occur during the rest of the 21st century,” Mr. Almazroui told news agency Press Trust of India.
- The models project higher warming over the Indian subcontinent in the winter season than in the summer, which may disrupt snow or ice accumulations and affect winter cropping patterns.
Causes of Climate Change
Earth’s atmosphere has always been changing through a natural cycle but the changes we see today are rapid and drastic because of human activities. This is a matter of worry.
The causes of climate change can be divided into two categories —
- Continental Drift
- Volcanic Activity
- Ocean Currents
- Solar Output
- Earth’s orbit around the Sun
- Burning of Fossil Fuels
- Overuse of Electricity
- Travel & Transportation
- Livestock Production
- Factory Farming
- Use of Aerosols
- Generating a large quantity of waste
- Growing Population
How an individual can fight Climate Change
1. Trust in Science & Scientists
Climate change is happening. It’s up to us how soon we are ready to take action towards it. Since scientists have been constantly warning us so it is high time we better listen to them and start taking action on an individual level, instead of just cribbing about the government and others to take action. Change starts with you.
2. Go Vegan/Vegetarian
Food accounts for a sizable portion of our emissions. If you want to make a difference this might be your best option. Turn vegetarian or vegan or at least reduce your consumption of meat, especially beef. It is because emissions from animal agriculture account for around 15% of all human emissions, and beef is responsible for 41% of that, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
Beef production requires 28x more land, 6x more fertilizer, and 11x more water than these other proteins than the calorie-equivalent of pork or chicken, according to a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And if you factor in deforestation to make way for livestock, along with methane emissions from cows and fertilizer use, beef production creates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the world’s cars, trucks, and airplanes combined, according to The Guardian.
3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce waste by choosing reusable products instead of disposables. Always carry a reusable water bottle, reusable straws, reusable cutlery and reusable bag. Buying products with minimal packaging, and try to recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass, and aluminum cans. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
4. Choose Sustainable & Eco-friendly products
Shop wisely. Buy less plastic and carry a reusable shopping bag with you. The best thing for the environment would be for us to consume less overall but when we have to buy something then we must try to buy products that are not harming the earth, which is Eco-friendly, ethically sourced, cruelty-free, vegan, sustainable and has a low carbon footprint.
We all must try to buy local, support small scale industries, promote your local artisans. Promote brands that are trying to make a difference.
5. Convince your friends & family to go sustainable & choose a zero-waste lifestyle
At the beginning of your Eco-warrior journey, you might be the only one in your family and friends to care about nature and mother earth but that shouldn’t stop you from what you want to achieve. Instead, make some impactful actions and educate the people around you about the climate emergency. Initially, people might not take you seriously but your goal must be to lead a zero-waste lifestyle and lead by example.
Where does BeKarmic Fit?
I am sure, we all are aware of climate emergencies and we do care about the environment and want to make changes in lifestyle for a better world but we don’t know how to start this journey.
As per Forbes, Virtually all consumers are worried about at least one environmental issue. But while more than half boycott companies with unsustainable practices or products, Eco-friendly concerns do not always translate to shopping behavior. “Consumers want to make responsible ‘green’ purchases, but do not always have the means to do so,” the report says. The survey revealed that a third of consumers want recycling and composting information to be clear on product packaging, and more information on sustainability to help them make Eco-friendly purchases.
According to the Mahindra “Alternativism” Report 2019, as much as 88% of people in the country believe “eco-friendly alternatives (to plastic or automobiles, for instance) are either too expensive or not effective”.
This is exactly what BeKarmic is all about. BeKarmic is building a community of Eco-lovers where knowledge will be shared and innovative ideas to save the planet will be welcomed. Eco-heroes & warriors must get excited because all their Eco needs will be fulfilled at a dedicated single platform. BeKarmic will be curating handpicked products that are locally sourced, have a minimum carbon impact, are sustainable, natural, chemical-free, and which have a story to tell. BeKarmic wants to support, empower, and promote such brands and the local artisans who make each product with love, passion, care, and purpose.
In the end, we know that we all have only one planet and we must protect it. There are many companies whose focus is only towards making more and more profits but what we need is companies to go sustainable, make a profit but at the same time care about people and the environment too. BeKarmic is an Eco-friendly company, whose focus is on raising the awareness of the importance of protecting the Earth, choosing environment-friendly materials, choosing Eco-friendly packaging, making a completely paperless office, encouraging recycling, and last but not the least creating one-stop-shop for your environment friendly products.
- Basu, M. et al., 2020. More floods, severe heat waves: Govt predicts climate change impact on India this century. ThePrint. Available at: https://theprint.in/environment/more-floods-severe-heatwaves-govt-predicts-climate-change-impact-on-india-this-century/443747/
- 2020. Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region. Available at https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-981-15-4327-2.pdf
- Causes of climate change. Available at: http://edugreen.teri.res.in/explore/climate/causes.htm
- Parletta, Natalie. “Going Green — What’s Good For The Planet Is Good For Business.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 14 May 2019, Available at www.forbes.com/sites/natalieparletta/2019/05/14/going-green-whats-good-for-the-planet-is-good-for-business/#5842e6703201
- Chandar, S., 2019. Most Indians want to do something for the planet but simply can’t afford it. Quartz India. Available at: https://qz.com/india/1746109/indians-want-to-live-eco-friendly-but-evs-organic-food-costly/