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Development is not something that can, or should, be stopped. However it is now clear that we must follow an approach to development that provides answers to any type of economic, social and environmental issues that are faced by us. Development for the sake of it is not the answer to any problems that are persistent in any country.

What paths to follow

The steps taken by us and our governments towards this so called “development” must no longer involve destroyable pathways to the surroundings. There must be new indicators that can guide us to measure progress. Development must now be, sustainable; meaning it must be done now for the betterment of the present generation but it must also leave space to breath for our next generations as well. It must be socially equitable and ecologically protective. Growing today to clean up tomorrow must now be left out; we must look at cities in Asia such as Hong Kong and learn to limit everything that is done in the name of development, for the sake of it. Everyone can do their part; use biodegradable materials – paper bags instead of plastic-, use water with care, rubbish removal Parramatta done wisely – reduce-reuse-recycle, if cannot, throw away, and so much more.

Running out of options

There are no further shortcuts. Green economies and societies are a must; they must be built by investment in human and social capital. Whilst doing this, we will face new challenges, for which innovative solutions must be found. Green buildings in Singapore are a good example. Using waste to produce methane for power generation could be another. Truly, if the human really wanted to, they can make a huge difference in this world by being good and doing good, as a result making the world a better place. Another thing now arising as a big issue is climate change. We must address that in our development plans too. Climate change is mainly due to careless conduct of man; therefore it is our responsibility to avert it as well.

Educating others

Something everyone can do, apart from supporting green living, is spreading the message. If you tell one more person to engage in proper rubbish removal, to sort your garbage, reuse what can be reused, prevent from burning chemical waste etc. that person can tell another and the message will reach more. This in itself is a support to building green societies. Media can do a lot here. Even it doesn’t bring in a lot of money, it is one of their corporate social responsibilities to make the society aware of the new initiatives and encourage them to follow it. What we see forecasted for the future of earth is not a consolation. If we do not act now itself there won’t be a planet which our kids can live in.