This is the call for attention, as the car industry is just one part of the whole carbon emission situation that we are experiencing as a global phenomenon. Unfortunately, maritime industries have even worse status when it comes to carbon emissions. The international maritime organization’s environment committee that is meeting in London this week will finally try to work out a global plan that will help reduce emission levels of carbon into the air. This is one topic that concerns all of us, and that affects our future. This is a topic worth not just mentioning, but thinking about on a daily basis. If we do not do something about the clean-up, the shipping could be accountable for almost the fifth of the carbon emissions by 2050. It is also devastating to even think of the amount of the carbon emission that was emitted into the atmosphere during this time. According to some research, the number is in millions of tons just for the last 100 years as we have had a total boom in the maritime industries.
The threats that we are facing could be a lot worse in just a couple of several years. Which is why we need to do something about it now. What many people do not know or do not realize is that ships use almost 3500 times more sulfur than diesel cars that are notorious for their carbon emissions. If we do not do something about this now, many areas in the world are bound to be in imminent danger; such is the case with Pacific Islands for example.
However, many countries rely on shipping as their primary source of economic gain and the backbone industry. For this to change, there should be the international interest in this topic. However, there is none. The countries which contribute the most to the problem, are precisely the ones which do not even think of solving it because their entire industries and economy will suffer a great loss. But what they do not understand is that without it, they would suffer even a greater loss – there will be no planet for us to live and thrive on!
The changes are bound to make a difference if only everyone would get involved and start to care more about the environment and less about their economic gains. This is the topic that concerns all of us, no matter where in the world we live. It is also a topic which is warning us that hundred year trends in the maritime industry need to stop and change because very soon it might be too late. This is the final wakeup call for the maritime industries and the shipping industries.