Eco-Friendliness.. Making the Future

9 October 2018

Inspired by "Natsai Audrey Chieza" part of "TANWEEN" Talks.

What are clean industries? And what is their importance in saving our future on earth?

The environment has a spectacular structure; it relies on an intelligent, hierarchical balance that includes all creatures.. a system that self-recovers to preserve life on the planet. But human intervention affected this balance. What is even worse is that he did this for the most absurd reasons. Humans filled-in rivers and destroying forests for urbanization. They cut trees for the sake of more industries. They threatened the existence of other creatures through their excessive consumption. The industrial revolution and its accelerating progress made a number of impacts on the environment due to the factories’ smoke discharge and city air pollution and toxins originating from waste dumping sites. The results are seen in the yearly increase in environmental pollution, global warming and climate changes. This, in turn, affects the earth’s ability to heal whether directly or in the long run. Even product lines that previously helped in environment improvement such as agriculture and cattle breeding, are now made in ways that produce more negative, than positive, impacts. For example, plants are sprayed with pesticides, and animals are injected with hormones as well as raised in the worst of environments for the sake of production surplus.

As a reaction, many studies and projects that seek to accommodate both the economical growth and environment protection took place, and hence the “clean industries” came about. This term is used for industries that consider the environment through decreasing the industrial damages while also accomplishing economical profits. Those aim to accomplish sustainable development, which is the current generation’s right to benefit from nature’s resources without depriving the next generations of their share, and without draining these resources or using them negatively in a cumulative participation in destroying environmental security.

Examples of these industries are numerous, from replacing plastic industry with biodegradable materials without toxic side effects, to architectural city layouts that include green spaces for vegetation cover. They also include starting recycling factories for waste and other materials and replacing chemical cleaners with natural and eco-friendly ones. Also, it became common to use energy sources that fall under “clean technologies” like solar energy, wind energy and biofuel, which surpasses fossil-fuel in terms of environmental cleanliness. Green chemistry has also manifested its role as a medium of decreasing emissions that result from chemical manufacturing such as pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing and replacing them with industries that depend on renewable resources such as the essence extracted from plants not in danger of extinction.

As awareness increases in environmental organizations and large institutions and in the ordinary consumer, the modern man is now required to be responsible in his consumption, and ignorance is no longer an acceptable excuse. There are now many active groups in the field of environment and its preservation, that advocate for reinforcing individual and daily choices that lessens the process of the unjust draining of nature’s resources. These options include minimizing plastic usage and unnecessary energy and electricity consumption. Small, eco-friendly, commercial projects that advocate for clean consumption are arising as well. The increasing awareness has resulted in increasing the pressure on governments and international corporations to implement environmental standards in their industries. The matter became an important international affair, and regional and international conventions were held to find immediate solutions. Investing in clean technology is growing and the sector is expanding. Everyday witnesses a new collaboration between companies that have the same values. This confirms that clean industries are the future, and that change is coming. The question is whether it will come fast enough? As we have so much to improve for the sake of future generations.