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Man, not only survives and functions in his environment, he shapes it and he is shaped by it——- René Dubos, French-American microbiologist
At the end of a surprisingly warm year, a record high annual average temperature has already been confirmed. Some scientists and researchers are already speculating the year 2024 could even be hotter. After all, earth`s oceans were record warm for most of 2023, and it would take the same number of months to clear them. A powerful episode of the planet-warming climate pattern El Niño is nearing its peak and last hit the planet in 2016.
In all these, the environment would wholistically shape up in different forms in 2024 and beyond. A lot need to be done to ensure we shape the environment well in order to be shaped on equal terms by the environment.
Here are some potential ways the environment could shape up by 2024:
- Increased emphasis on renewable energy:
As concerns about climate change and air pollution continue to grow, there is likely to be a significant push towards renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric power. Governments and businesses may invest more in these technologies, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a shift away from fossil fuels.
- Expansion of electric vehicles (EVs):
With ongoing improvements in battery technology and a greater focus on sustainable transportation, the market for electric vehicles is expected to expand. By 2024, more affordable and efficient electric vehicles may become increasingly common, leading to a decrease in reliance on traditional gasoline-powered cars and a reduction in air pollution.
- Continued efforts to combat plastic pollution:
The global movement to reduce plastic waste and pollution is likely to gain momentum, with increased focus on recycling, biodegradable alternatives, and stricter regulations on single-use plastics. By 2024, we may see significant progress in reducing the production and consumption of non-biodegradable plastics, thereby improving the health of oceans and ecosystems.
- Heightened awareness and action on biodiversity conservation:
The rapid loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems are urgent global concerns. By 2024, there may be increased international efforts to protect and restore habitats, conserve endangered species, and promote sustainable land use practices. This heightened awareness may lead to more comprehensive measures to safeguard the planet’s natural diversity.
- Adaptation to climate change impacts:
As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, communities and governments will likely focus on adaptation strategies to address rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and other environmental challenges. By 2024, we may see increased investment in infrastructure resilience, improved water management systems, and the implementation of policies to protect vulnerable populations from the impacts of a changing climate.
These potential developments reflect the increasing recognition of the urgent need to address environmental issues and work towards a more sustainable future. However, it’s important to note that the actual outcomes will depend on the collective actions of governments, businesses, and individuals in the years leading up to 2024.
Ebenezer specialises in Development Communication, International Development, Innovative Finance for SMEs and Sustainability.