Blue skies, beautiful sunsets, elegant beaches. All of us want to live in a beautiful world, just clean and pleasurable but that might not be the case, not too long in to the future. Each and every day the world is stepping towards the brink of an ecological disaster and the main culprit for that has been the adverse energy sources we have been using for a long time. Although being beneficial, the benefits of them don’t counter the costs we have to pay. “What can us as the youth do about it?” you might ask. There’s more than you think.
Where are we at?
Not in a good position to be honest. Already we are seeing the signs of a dark future, quite literarily. While one of our main energy sources, fossil fuel is running out, the drastic effects of over the limit consumption has set the world on a dark path. Day by day the news of people dying due to the adverse effect of the increased global temperature has been on the rise. The animals who have lost their habitats have increased. The sea level is on the rise, setting the lives of a large percentage of the global population at risk.
Level of wildfires is at a record height. The vegetation cover is rapidly depleting. The list goes on and on. The massive ecological disaster that we are leading to is quite frightening. What’s more frightening is we are yet to take measures that will make maximum impact and some of us are still in denial of the global catastrophe we are in.
Who else but humans. Since the days of the industrial revolution with the use of fossil fuel based energy sources, the world has been on a dark path unbeknownst to the general population but now it’s not the case anymore. We all can see it with our own eyes. We can’t just shrug it off with a “We don’t feel it, let it be others’ problem” attitude.
While us humans are the one’s responsible, we are the same ones who have to do something about it. That’s where we as the youth of the society could do a massive contribution to make this right. At the end of the day, who better than the youth to lead the charge for a better future. We have the strength and the mindset to make that happen. Otherwise we ourselves are the ones who will have to face the dire consequences.
What can we do?
A move to sustainable energy. As dramatic as it sounds, it doesn’t have to be that way. While many countries around the world have changed their energy policies to a more sustainable way, there’s still more to do and we as the youth could raise our voices to make that happen.
We could educate ourselves on sustainable energy and spread the message to the society on why should we make the move and what we will gain for a better tomorrow. Initiatives can be planned and executed to make the community aware about what’s going in the world and why we need a change in our energy policies. There are already a vast community of youth stepping up and driving a massive campaign to make our future a better place. It’s time for us to join hands with them.
“We live in a strange world where children must sacrifice their own education in order to protest against the destruction of their future. Where the people who have contributed the least to this crisis are the ones who are going to be affected the most.”
Let’s not pass this along to our future generations. Ultimately what I believe is we are the ones who could make the most impact to promote this topic. Let’s make it happen one day at a time.
We as AIESEC in University of Moratuwa are ready to lead the charge and embark on a journey of making the nation’s youth step up towards that goal. It will be here sooner than you think.