C – Climate Change #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z
Climate change is for real, whether you agree with it or not. The world is divided in the extremes over the issue. It is happening at a faster pace right now than ever in the history of modern civilization.
Before I elaborate on the issue I would request you to go to YouTube and search for the current PM’s name along with climate change. The video where he is explaining the impact of climate change will shock you. Making fun of dyslexia would seem so minuscule in front of the explanation he presents for his thinking on Climate Change.
I am hoping you would have made that effort and I can understand your shock.
Honestly, if that is his view the unfortunate reality is the PM of one-fifth of all the population of the world doesn’t understand the concept. I am not blaming him alone, the truth is I don’t see this as a critical issue for anyone. Even people like Trump who are leading the biggest economy don’t believe that climate change is happening.
Climate change is not the regular fluctuation of climate – it is a term given to the adverse effects on the planet and its weather due to humans and their activities. Given the size of our country, it will affect us in more ways than we can even predict.
We have already started witnessing the erratic patterns of weather. There are instances of snowfall in the Sahara whereas the monsoon rain forests are running dry. We had glimpses of the kind of damage it can cause during the Kedarnath and Haridwar floods. If this continues there will be unmanageable floods, unpredictable weather changes, crop damages, a rise in sea levels, extreme dry summers and frozen dead winters.
The New York Times reported that the Himalayas could lose most of its glaciers by the end of this century. In fact, if you watch the documentary, ‘An inconvenient truth’ by ‘Al Gore’ you would realize that the polar ice that was supposed to melt in the next hundred years has already melted.
The water table is rapidly diminishing and many of the big metropolitan cities are on the verge of drying up. We have started seeing the trailer with Bangalore and Shimla. Farmer suicide is in a way linked to it but the data for that is also buried along with them.
Every monsoon the frequency of landslides is increasing – mountain after mountain is getting flushed away on the name of development. There is no investigation on the exponential rise in forest fires that give an opportunity to wipe off a complete forest in a single go and then those lands are sold at appallingly cheaper prices to big business houses through political dealing.
I don’t want to take names but it is up to each individual to go and check how many forests have been cleared to distribute land to so-called nationalist companies like Patanjali.
Nobody raised a single query when a statue was unveiled just for political gains overlooking the damage it will cause to natural habitat. There were continuous protests on this issue even the locals wrote letter after letter to the PM, but we know the end result.
The laws pertaining to the environment are being tweaked around on a daily basis to somehow make it suitable for the private sector to make big money. Whether it is a case of a national park or sanctuary or it is a case of a coastal shoreline or a dense forest, everything is being slowly wiped off.
I have personally seen the case of Okhla Bird Sanctuary where a stay was put on any construction within a radius of 11 km. But the moment the current government came in power the stay was lifted, laws were fiddled around and the construction is back on in full swing flouting many rules.
In a recent event, the central government gave its approval to for mining in 170,000 hectares of forest in Chhattisgarh. Hasdeo Arand is one of the largest contiguous stretches of very dense forest in central India. It will be hazardous to forest conservation – something which is considered the lungs of India. We all know which close business friend has bagged the deal for mining.
Do remember that 25 years later when your offspring will ask you questions what were you doing then you will honestly have no answers and by that time it will be terribly late.
Nobody dares to question the existing and future policies that need to be implemented for these issues. Not everything can be justified on the name of development.
We have hardly any person of influence speaking on any of these issues. We need more examples like Leonardo Dicaprio to further the cause. I believe along with pollution, climate change should be of utmost importance. The day when we run out of water and oxygen no one will remember who got which contract and how much they contributed to the so-called GDP.
Mark my words – even if you are a citizen of India or not, whether you vote or not, whether you are literate or not, whether you are an atheist – this is going to impact each and every individual in a massive way. There is way too much silence on such a critical issue.
For all those who are environment-friendly,
For all those who believe it is a critical issue,
For all those who love nature,
For all those who believe that Climate Change is for real…
It’s not a goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘ Sameer’ Mukul
This is the third post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Politics Category is ‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’, where I would be covering some relevant issues with the General Elections 2019 through the course of 26 posts.
‘C – Climate Change’
Read the previous post here
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