You might have heard the famous environmental activist Greta Thunberg saying, “We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases.”
Industrial activities play an important role in the economic well-being of a country. With a lot of positive economic aspects, industrial activities also have negative impacts on our environment. The main concern is the emission of toxic gases resulting from various industrial processes.
Air is very important for the survival of all living organisms. Greenhouse gases coming from industries is directly impacting the quality of our air. These GHGs are polluting the very air you and I breathe; and for this very reason if nothing else, we must be concerned about their negative impacts. It is affecting the world without any geographical boundaries.
What can be done?
It is estimated that about one-fifth of GHG come from industrial sources. Industries also generate indirect emissions, and are responsible for 29.3% of total toxic discharge. It is the ethical duty of all industries to reduce their release of atmospheric pollution. With different local and international laws forcing many industries to decrease their own emission rate.
Instituting a carbon tax, many considered this to be the best solution, and now it’s time for the industry to sit together at the table and bring some solutions of their own. Like inventing efficient energy systems and cross collaborating with various industry partners to come up with emission free technology solutions. New discoveries will save them additional operational cost and possibly even eliminate their future carbon tax.
Let’s improve public health and create more local jobs!
Michael T. Thomas