Net Zero Future
By Anil Rawal, MD & CEO, IntelliSmart Infrastructure
The Bhasmasura, a great devotee, pleased Lord Shiva through penance and Shiva granted him the boon that on whomsoever’s head he would place his hand would immediately turn to ashes. Bhasmasura used the boon indiscriminately and caused wide destruction. Mischievously, he one day decided to place his hand on Lord Shiva, who ran to Vishnu for help. Vishnu managed to place Bhasmasura’s hand on his own head by trapping him in dance moves, thus causing his destruction. These stories carry subtle but vital messages for generations. The journey of the human race is closely analogous to Bhasmasura and we are trying to destroy the very source of our creation, mother nature. There is a possibility of us being trapped in an imminent and irreversible catastrophic situation of global climate change within this century, causing wide-scale destruction of liveable resources. The Paris Agreement committed to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius within this century; if serious and concerted actions are not taken, this could cross 3 degrees Celsius. It is critical because every fraction of a degree of warming will result in many more lives lost and livelihoods damaged.
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