The planet is getting hotter and one of the biggest causes for it is the rise in the emission of greenhouse gases like CO2. Where do these gases come from? Well, from burning fossil fuels like coal. India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the world’s second largest coal consumer. The biggest source of emissions in India is the energy sector which heavily relies on coal to create extremely cheap electricity.
Greenhouse gases have far-ranging environmental and health effects. They contribute to respiratory disease from smog and air pollution. Extreme weather, food supply disruptions, and increased wildfires are other effects of climate change caused by greenhouse gases. Apart from this, CO2 emissions in India cost our economy 15 trillion every year.
A change in climate triggered by high emissions impacts everything from health and well-being, employment and education, to the economy and your personal life. Speak up and start publishing stories on pressing issues and what policy actions you think are critical for India to meet its 2030 targets.