The climate crisis is a major concern, particularly in light of increased episodes of natural disasters, from city-leveling hurricanes and floods to droughts and ultimately global warming, that are linked to environmental toxins or pollution.
A wholesome plan of action for healing the environment must address and rectify all sources of environmental toxins, including carbon emissions, fossil fuels, aerosol sprays, chemical and landfill dumping, smog, etc.
Mainstreaming Solar Energy, Hybrid Technology, and Other Clean Energy Sources & Minoring Unclean Energy Sources for Charging and Emergency Backup Purposes
Mainstreaming solar energy, hybrid technology, and other clean energy sources, while making oil, fossil fuels, and other unclean energy sources the minor/backup plan would be a major stride towards addressing the climate crisis.
Deadlines aligning with these goals should be placed on discontinuance of use of fossil fuels and other unclean energy as primary energy sources, and such as would coincide with incremental sales promotion and gradual installment of solar panels and/or other clean energy equipment on all homes, businesses, apartments, etc.; deadlines should also be placed on discontinuing production of non-hybrid vehicles to align with incremental sales promotion of especially non-plug-in hybrids that would not require special accommodations for charging purposes, in light of the shortage of charging outlets in especially apartment communities, where a significant sect of potential buyers reside.
Oil and fossil fuel companies could significantly become the energy suppliers that would manage both mainstream solar and other clean energy sources as well as oil and fossil fuels as minor/backup energy sources.
Proliferation of other solar and clean energy companies would help to resolve the challenge of powering developing communities and nations.
Banning & Discontinuance of Aerosol Sprays & Implementation of Aerosol Alternatives
The truth of the matter is that aerosol sprays, which pose considerable harm to the environment and the ozone layer, are not indispensable, and all products that are marketed as aerosol sprays can be packaged and sold in safer non-aerosol spray containers, which should be mandated by law, and too within specified deadlines.
Global Water Regulation
Many if not most floods can be prevented by routine checking and cleaning of water drains, which is something that everyone can and should do, and not necessarily wait for a city or a property manager to do it. This could mean saving YOUR life and/or the lives of your family, etc.
Mending Flood/Drought Imbalances
It is very practical that excessive rain can and should be routed to droughty communities rather than flooding and causing destruction in regions immediately affected by it. This can be achieved both locally and internationally via a system of water exchange and control that would regulate water flow between areas that are prone to flooding and those that are prone to drought. A series of underground pipes and valves that would open and shut at water entry points would be put into place to deliver water to regions, locally, nationally, and globally, as needed. The proposed system would be operable at the discretion and command of local water authorities.
Such an initiative would require substantial effort, but effort that would be divided amongst each city or local water authority that would employ technicians for the purpose of laying and connecting pipes that would deliver water from city to city and nation to nation.
Drought is a major cause of poverty/starvation in the world due to lack of water for consumption, and the inability to grow crops in regions affected by it, and while floods have devastated other regions. What better way to mend one problem than to mend the other.
The proposed initiative would provide immediate relief of both flooding and droughts while other efforts would work to heal and restore natural ecological balance to the environment.
Addressing Chemical/Landfill Dumping and Smog
Chemical and landfill dumping has wreaked environmental hazards that have resulted in illness and even deaths in communities near dumping sites. It is very practical, however, to curtail emission of smog into the environment and to completely eliminate landfill dumping sites via systems of sanitation treatment where all refuse, including chemicals and smog particles, would be appropriately routed to synonymous sanitation treatment/recycling facilities rather than released into populated communities or other areas.
Automated Collection and Routing of All Refuse Waste to Recycling Plants
Seeing that everything that we use is recyclable—even our discarded foods—sanitation treatment should consist of recycling all refuse, preferably, via automated collection, which is actually not a foreign concept.
Envac Automated Waste Collection Systems are in use in thirty countries in major cities around the world, i.e. in Barcelona, London, Stockholm, and Montreal. http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/06/st_trashsucker_canada/. In this system waste is distributed to a centralized processing facility via pneumatic underground suction tubes.
Envac and other automated waste collection systems as may and should further proliferate around the world, and which should all be powered with solar and/or other clean energy, should deliver all refuse to city recycling centers for treatment/processing.
Residential Refuse Centers
Residential refuse centers that would connect to port holes via trash chutes could optionally be placed in homes and commercial buildings, and in kitchens, for the most part, in private residences.
Residential refuse centers could also facilitate separation of the varied types of rubbish waste via features that could be operable by the depressing of buttons that would open the chute compartments for the disposal of paper, plastic, aluminum and other metals, glass, and food, and for suction and delivery to relevant treatment/recycling centers through distinct tubes for each item type.
Recycling of Chemicals and Smog
Chemical dumping and smog emission into the air should be unlawful and stiffly policed. Chemicals should be delivered, retrieved by proper city sanitation authorities, or transported via automated waste collection to chemical recycling plants.
All smog-producing factories should be required to utilize smog catchers, smog being essentially small particles that are in fact collectible. All smog-producing vehicles should as well be required to have smog catchers.
Residential and commercial refuse centers could also be assigned Internet Protocol addresses that would be utilized to identify the source of discarded material for the purpose of determining customer credit and penalties. This would also facilitate tracking of accidentally discarded items and those as may evidence foul play.
Customer Credit & Penalties
Refuse centers could also, as an option, credit customers for a determined percentage of the worth of their discarded rubbish, which would be itemized in reflection on their bills; for example, a nickel for each discarded plastic bottle, a determined amount for each discarded aluminum can, determined amounts for glass, paper, etc. Customers would be penalized and charged service fees for not properly separating and placing their rubbish in the proper compartments of the refuse chutes, which would connect to relevant underground suction tubes that would deliver each categorized item to its appropriate destination.
Traditional Sanitation Pickup and Delivery to Refuse Recycling Centers
Whether sanitation disposal processes are automated or via traditional pickup, all refuse should be delivered to recycling plants, where the material would be properly sorted, treated, and transformed into usable products, in lieu of delivery to dumping sites, which should be unlawful.
All dumping sites should be cleared, in fact; and refuse from those sites should be delivered and treated likewise at recycling centers.
City-Owned Recycling Centers
Each city would have its own recycling center, which would comprise the paper, plastic, aluminum and other metals, glass, and food recycling facilities to which citywide refuse would be respectively routed.
The recycled material would be sold wholesale and/or to wholesalers for product containment and reintroduction to consumer markets.
Reorganization of Duties
While there would be far less and perhaps eventually no truck riding sanitation workers, there would be ample synonymous and other jobs for which they could be trained and to which they could be reassigned.
The recycling of all refuse, preferably via automated collection, would transform our rubbish into fortunes that would otherwise lie in useless and environmentally hazardous heaps.
Healing the environment via elimination of pollution, and implementing global water routing strategies and/or delivering water via irrigation to drought-stricken regions would subsequently translate to reductions in episodes of poverty, starvation, and synonymous sickness and disease due to the inability to grow crops for consumption and market.