The past is past only. Nobody can compensate for the loss, and damages suffered. However, the past enables to introspect and identify the lapses and take corrective steps while planning for a better future.  The rapid developments of industrialization and consumerism during the last four centuries have certainly led to the rise in the standard of living and life expectancy. Nonetheless, the remarkable progress came at a heavy cost: the ecological imbalance.

2015 happens to be the most eventful year when the world nations agreed for concerted efforts towards managing the global warming. The recent unprecedented rains and floods in Chennai city of India and the Northern parts of the UK, and the temperature shooting up by twenty degrees from the normal at North Pole are some indicators of the impact of climate change.

 Everything needs to be smart in the present digital age. Smartness implies efficiency with high speed. In the same way, at the macro level, the concept of Smart city is gaining momentum now. The features of such a city comprise the following highlights.

– Round-the- clock and quality water distribution.

– Continuous and adequate power supply.

– Sanitation and hygiene maintenance by management of solid waste and sewerage.

– Efficient transport system for conserving the energy and controlling the pollution.

– Well planned layouts for residential and commercial buildings.

– Good education and health facilities.

– Sound information system through the use of information technology, and

– Responsible public administration through E-governance.

Whatever be the developments, it’s the individuals of the society that make the difference by adhering to the discipline and common sense. Without the involvement of the citizens, nothing is possible and achievable. The conflicts and contradictions arising from the race for material welfare should be axed by sharing the available resources for a joyful coexistence.

Making resolutions is a customary practice when a New year starts. In a recent online poll conducted by a Newspaper in India, it was found that 56% of the participants did not make any resolution for the New year, and 65% of the remaining participants didn’t stick to their resolutions. Any New year resolution by a sensible person will ensure the safety and happiness of lives on the Mother Earth. The same should aim at living in harmony with the Nature is the only solution for enduring happiness and prosperity.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, 2016.

Mohan Thulasingam(Author Mohan Thulasingam is a Ex-Banker and can be contacted on tmohan0311@hotmail.com)

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