Health Experts Demand Cigarette Pack Warnings on all High-Carbon Prod-ucts
Last updated on April 9th, 2020
A group of public health experts have called for cigarette packets like warning to come with all high-carbon products, including petrol pumps and airline tickets.
According to the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, fossil fuels can be found in almost all the products we use on a daily basis. To be precise, 96% of the items we use each day contain fossil fuels, which are very harmful for the environment we live in.
Some of the products that we use everyday like ink, diesel, soap, petrol, antiseptics, toilet seats, glycerine, shoes, tires, candles, crayons, toothpaste perfumes contain some amount of fossil fuels. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, and so do fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, detergents, phonograph records, photographic film, furniture, packaging materials, surfboards, paints, and artificial fibres used in clothing, upholstery, and carpet backing.
Experts believe graphical labelling on high-carbon products would help in raising awareness among consumers and make them realise the impact of their purchases on the climate and Earth.
“Warning labels connect the abstract threat of the climate emergency with the use of fossil fuels in the here and now, drawing attention to the true cost of fossil fuels pictorially or quantitatively. They sensitise people to the consequences of their actions, representing nudges designed to encourage users to choose alternatives to fossil fuels, thus increasing demand for zero-carbon renewable energy,” experts said.
Experts suggest the warnings on products could depict the damage caused by fossil fuels and its effect on health due to air pollution. Graphical representation of damaged lungs, or severe weather such as flooding, or bodies of people who have died because of heatwaves would help in creating awareness.
Countries that are prone to dengue and malaria, could highlight the risk of global heating that in turn causes gruesome diseases. Climate crisis would degrade not just the environment but also the health of millions of people. It would have unimaginable negative effects on air, food and water.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg set an example for the world, when she refused to fly because of the carbon emissions produced by air travel. Last year, to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Thunberg too to social media to ask for ride from the US to Spain. She sailed all the way across to attend the summit.
It is imperative that consumers know the risks involved in the unmonitored usage of high-carbon products. Earth is our only home and we need to protect it.
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