It has been three decades since scientists discovered just how much punishment the Earth’s atmosphere had taken. We had previously been oblivious to the fragility of the ozone layer, until a hole the size of the continental United States was identified above Antarctica in 1985.
Our innovation of incredible technologies to enhance our lives has come at a price. Progression at the planet’s expense.
Identification of the problem was one thing; implementing change has been harder to execute. You see, when billions of people become reliant on a certain way of life, reversing unhealthy habits – in a planetary sense – becomes a colossal endeavour.
But for all the naysayers of political effectiveness, we’ve proven that when the severity of the circumstances are communicated to the masses, we can indeed make a change.
When it was discovered just how much chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were depleting the ozone layer, policymakers united to phase out CFC output as part of products and industrial practices. The widespread implementation of the Montreal Protocol of 1987 is a shining example of international cooperation.
Initiatives like this have slowly helped to reverse ozone depletion, but when one pollutant is contained, other environmental threats come to the fore. CO2; emissions and their impact in global warming should now be at the forefront of our minds.
Unfortunately, change isn’t without its challenges. Organisations can be powerful enough to repel the ambitions of politicians for the sake of their own business interests, and it is perhaps here that the biggest problems lie. Policymakers shouldn’t have to force any hands when it comes to environmental legislation. All organisations should actively encourage saving the planet – be it manufacturers, multinational corporations or small independent businesses. It’s time to think long term.
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