Every year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) celebrates June 5 as the World Environment Day (WED). It is used as a platform to raise awareness about environmental issues such as pollution, overpopulation, global warming, and wildlife crime. Through WED, the UNEP intends to drive change in the consumption patterns of the global population and review international environmental policies. Like last year, this year’s event will also be held virtually. Let us see what’s on the agenda.
Countering climate change is the need of the hour. The concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is at a record high and it continues to rise. While emissions saw a slight decline during the pandemic, they are on their way back to pre-pandemic levels. According to a United Nations report, the world is set to see its warmest five years on record, and this trend is likely to continue in the future. There’s a lot of work that remains to be done to reach our goal of keeping the global temperature increase below 2°C or at 1.5°C. We need rapid and impactful changes in tandem with economic or industrial development. This makes sustainable infrastructure crucial.
The Earth needs saving and it’s high time we get serious about that. The effects of global warming have become apparent already and are affecting our daily lives. According to NASA, 2016 and 2020 were the warmest years on record, as the global average temperature was 1.02°C warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean. Extreme events like cyclones, draughts, and forest fires are becoming more frequent. Polar ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is melting, and could cause severe flooding events in the near future. While all this is happening, most of us are making small changes to our lives like using organic products and recyclable goods, but the fact that our vehicles are still actively polluting the environment can be hard to live with. EVs can be the most practical solution to this problem.
E-bikes are emerging as a highly efficient solution for individual as well as fleet use. They are budget-friendly and help save on fuel costs too. And then of course, they are eco-friendly vehicles which emit zero harmful gases. In India, where the demand for two-wheelers is high right now and analysts predict two-wheeler sales to grow by 6-8% over the next 5 years, the availability of e-bike solutions can definitely contribute to a cleaner and greener tomorrow.