How can India and Africa collaborate to co-create a brighter future?
Regal and captivating in their own harmony, India and Africa vary in a lot of ways. India with its changing scenery and a huge diversity of people and environment can be associated to the entire land mass of Africa. India being a rising nation itself along with comparable and lower paced African nations faces colossal hurdles in the path of preserving the environment. But the cumulative need have urged the focus in the direction of the shared goal and teamwork with healthy competition can go a long way in making sure that the forthcoming generations are not dispossessed of the wealth of Mother Nature.
India and Africa have together industrialized and continued a long standing ancient connection. These resemblances were a consequence of having communal lands, climate and environs and they exist till date. There are indications of racial likenesses between Dravidians of India and African races. There are animal classes- both land-dwelling and deep-sea that are found wholly in and round these lands and there are landforms in the two regions that share comparisons that are hard to disregard. The two traditionally rich land masses have been cooperating since thousands of years through trade roads that occurred long ago and have once diversified up to a degree that the group if invigorated now can lead to very industrious accomplishments in expansion. The two countries have been allies in the fight against colonialism. Africa at the present shares developmental targets with India, as the two share difficulties and concerns as a product of vast resemblances. The two lively democracies own an intercontinental standing and there is massive potential if a shared future is directed.
The world currently is provoked with host of ecological matters which desires a critical reflection. Ecological issues cut across landmasses and do not only touch parts of the world where they are instigated but have a multiplier effects across the globe. There is consequently the superseding necessity to preserve the environment to defend humankind and other living creatures.
The following are present conservational issues and possible intercession that India and African states can institute to help address ecological issues.
The ever more revolutionizing and scientifically emerging world devours more and more energy. Energy has continuously been the major prerequisite driving the populace and the businesses. Non-renewable energy still subsidizes majorly to the energy requirements. But then again the ever reducing source with augmented need for energy has advised us in the direction of looking for non-conventional sources of energy.
Though India and Africa have been combatting this issue for a long time, it has yet to be addressed in a way that could have a good overall effect for the long term. In this instance, they can use their natural surroundings as potential sources.
A good source of energy for both regions is the sun. Africa and India lie in the humid expanse with plenty of sunlight during the course of the year. To explore the promises of solar power, though, science has to progress. Our emerging group of countries must commence endeavours to expand the effectiveness of solar power. Besides not producing pollution and being a non-depleting supply, solar energy has rewards of devolved plants: every household can possess its own power source, therefore shifting the necessity to achieve and fund centralized power plants.
By means of long littoral borders, both India and Africa have enormous potential to exploit wind power, which is an endless, non-polluting and encouraging way out of the energy calamity. A fast growth in wind power has been foretold by the scientists and the time is right that substructure associated to windmills be prearranged earlier. Developing group intelligence has also assured new technology comprising vertical windmills to exploit trapping wind power. They are inexpensive and have been installed in numerous sites in India.
Hot areas of Africa and India have enormous capability of rainwater reaping and distribution. As it is one of the cleanest forms of water, it forms a cherished supply. With diminishing and degrading groundwater resources in India, rainfall collected from Africa can be shared to meet demands appropriately. On the other hand, India is also gifted with torrential rain seasons with huge rains. Rainwater collecting is a means of localized water preservation and aids in evading disasters of floods.
While the unsurpassed way to save water is to use it frugally, there are choices of treating wastewater and sewage and recycle it for numerous purposes.
Forests and Wildlife
Deforestation has remained a chief concern in both India and Africa. Progress has led to repossessing lands for suburbanization apart from an important portion of forestry used for crop growing and domestic drives. But the main danger comes from illegal logging and quarrying causing in loss of flora. This has led to a fast decline in the green cover leading to vicissitudes in the general meteorological conditions.
Hunting of beasts is a practice that has been recognized to man for millions of years. Animals were hunted for leisure and other plunders motivating countless of them to extermination such as the Cheetah in India. India and Africa, with some of their inimitable flora and fauna and diverse undergrowth, have confronted the utmost difficulties of poaching.
The regime of India and Africa should inaugurate a continued agenda of afforestation and inspire private persons to plant trees in their area. Government’s programme on logging should be fortified and applied to counter the undertakings of illegal loggers.
The same should be done with regards to the preservation of wildlife. A law is not a law if it’s not known and obeyed by all. The government should fortify their laws on poaching and perhaps even reduce the trade to a non-profit activity; an activity in which no one will gain monetary benefits from.
An increase in funding specially to safeguard these wonders in nature is a must. Help from the government, as well as being a vigilant citizen, is a good start. Between the two, India has progressed better due to their much more stable economy and, of course, smaller area of land to cover.
The endurance of our world significantly depends on our activities and procrastinations. The sustenance and gifts of Mother Nature should be well provided for to certify ecological sustainability. Endorsing alertness to our people is vital and can be very operational if followed right by both African people and India.
Exact targets can be setup and groups can be formed for diverse sectors in dissimilar regions which can have a strong competition headed for getting the objective. The targets can be connected with grander resources and additional enticements to inspire the regions to realize the goal.
Nelson Mandela formerly believed that “It always seems impossible until it is done” and it is by that mind-set we must trust that India and Africa can contend with other segments of the world and positively collaborate and co-create the future on ecological issues; reversing the harm that has affected both expanses and their individual bionetworks. This would not only work as a message to our children and our children’s children but would serve as a beacon of intent, resolution and hope to the entire world. People need to comprehend their bad activities today are going to make things worse for the forthcoming generations.