By Madhukar Swayambhu
Today, our cities are full of problems and taxes. There is a property tax, municipal tax, sewer tax, water tax, and whatnot. On the other hand, we have water scarcity, sewage problems, depleting underground aquifers, drinking water problems, polluted air, polluted water bodies, and water bodies turning into sewage dumps, and so on.
But is this all-natural? Or a man-made disaster? Can this be reversed?
Let’s try solving this jigsaw puzzle for the benefit of society.
Spoiling the Ecosystem with Waste
In nature, birth, rearing, end, and rebirth of all, happens in a cyclic way. From metal to minerals, soil to water to air, mountains to rivers, plants to animals to humans. Everything and everyone has to go through this cycle. That is why nature is renewable, regenerative, and sustainable for the last 4.2 billion years.
When we break this cycle of nature, that the substance is not returned to its origin, we create waste. For all our activities or creations or production – the basic raw material comes in from nature, be it C8 for Teflon, be it plastic, be it benzene, PFOS or PFAS molecule or any other human creation in laboratories, those non-biodegradable molecules that we are very proud of – all are created from the raw material that exists naturally on earth. No raw material comes in from outer space.
For example, there are metals and minerals ions or atoms which are created because of the various earth activities like microbial metabolic activities, or earthly occurrences like the movement of tectonic plates or volcanic eruptions, etc. And then it gets converted into ores that are then originally extracted by the mining companies. In turn, a specific metal or a mineral is extracted from the ore and then it is converted into some other form wherein it is usable by mankind, and then finally it is consumed for making a finished product.
This product will be useful for the human race, but eventually, its life cycle will get over and it will become the end of life and then we call it a scrap. So, this is the concept of waste, which has been created by human beings. And the same is happening across the soil, water, and air.
If we just resuscitate the native ecology in soil, water, and air, not just the problems will get solved, but a lot of revenue shall get generated for the cities.
The Economy of Ecology – Carbon Credits
By and large, environmental restoration work is considered to be an expense, but if done properly it would be such huge revenue that it can run a parallel economy and cities can literally go tax-free.
That’s merely a lack of knowledge, not just about nature, but also about the man-made world our own created economy and market. Like many people wouldn’t be aware of some exchanges like, Carbon Trade Exchange, or EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) – The world’s largest carbon market, or the Western Climate Initiative and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – The two regional carbon markets in North America, or National CDM Authority in India that regularly organizes Carbon Bazar for buying and selling carbon credits.
Just to give you a glimpse of only the Indian market, let’s talk about National Clean Energy & Environment Fund (NCEEF) which was created in the year 2011 based on the “Polluter Pays” principle. You can take it as a pollution cess, which is paid by the polluter so that the same could be utilized for developing technologies for carbon sequestration or renewable energy resources. The amount of funds collected by them in FY2019-20 happens to be upwards of a whopping ₹25,000 crores. That’s the size of the addressable market for the agencies and companies working in the carbon sequestration and sink sectors.
All those parched cities, villages, rural and urban clusters that are struggling for water due to the acute water crisis in India, because we are 54% under stress and 22% of aquifer has been depleted – can be the beneficiaries. God made India a water abundant country and man has made it a water parched country. Fortunately, we have good numbers of water bodies across the country, spread over the states.
We have just polluted them to the extent that the native ecology is abolished today. If they are ecologically rejuvenated, all these water bodies will become natural carbon sinks.
Carbon credits will be generated which could be sold domestically in Carbon Bazars organized by MoEFCC or could be sold internationally in the Carbon Trading Exchanges across the globe.
Therefore, if done properly and ecologically using Cownomics© Technology, maintaining a water body is not just solving the problems, but also generating huge revenue to make the entire administration self-sufficient and tax-free for all citizens.
About the Author
Madhukar Swayambhu has been an IT professional for 25 years in the industry. The Environment, Ecology, Vedic Sciences, Sanskrit, and Indic knowledge has been his passion for all these years.
Vedic Cownomics Private Limited is a result of this journey in which “They make ecology alive”.
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