When a worldly view is adopted and a feel for planetary civilization is held, we tend to make wider perspectives regarding the environment and consumption of natural resources. Sustainable use of natural resources is a must for the environmental well-being. We have to focus on building proper codes of conduct regarding this and reuse and recycling of wastes need to be encouraged.
The cultural and religious influences, which are deeply rooted in our neo-cortex as codes of conduct, make it harder for any modern idea of development receive attention and grow. As we all realize, conservatism and religious fanaticism are some major hindrances for change and progress in the society. This cultural and religious affinity has made its way to influence planning and public policy intricately. Development, which is a dynamic concept and needs motivation and timely revisions from social and natural sciences has been regressed by such cultural mambo-jumbos. The dogmatic claims like ‘natural disasters being God’s punishments because of homosexual marriages or the recent Nepal earthquake being a mere curse due to slaughter of innocent animals in Gadi-Mai festival are still dominant streams of thought in our society.
Therefore, a revision in our social policy making is a must. The only paradigm for solving this effectively is to sow seeds of critical thinking and scientific literacy in the minds of people. Further, this has to be done in a participatory setting so that the people can think of what is best for them and understand and appreciate their cultural impressions if any.
Long-term vision like reusing, recycling and building incinerators for public waste and sewage management are often obfuscated by futile indulgences for mass acceptance. This purpose-based trend is a derivative of pseudoscience which sadly, hasn’t been realized in our region yet. We need scientific knowledge and the paradigm of scientific reasoning to address such social problems effectively.
Scientific knowledge is to be made available to all and more importantly, a paradigm of scientific methodology and critical thinking should be embellished in the minds of the people. Specific training to the local correspondents and building up of effective governmental plans under that paradigm is what we need to do next.