In a recent commercial on oil conservation in India, a kid stuck in traffic jam with his father, notices how none of the vehicles are turning off their engines even though they have been stuck for several minutes. With a very worried look, he turns to his father to remark, “The way all of you are wasting oil, I fear there will be none left when I grow up!”
Aren’t we actually stealing from our kids?? We are using up the fossil fuels without any consideration for their future needs. Most parents start saving for their children’s education and future as soon as they are born. They make loads of investments in several avenues to ensure that their children have a bright future. On the other hand, by mindless consumption of our natural resources we are just pushing them towards a future without light!!
According to some reports (different reports put up different figures), we are likely to run out of oil by 2050 and natural gas a few decades later. 2050 or 2070 is not very far away –someone born now will be just 40 years old then! I am 22 years now and I hope to live till that age!! People of my age will start planning for their retirement maybe a decade later, so what are we doing to make this issue a part of our ‘retirement’ plan??