Yesterday, my colleague had written that the ‘Earth’s surface temperature does not react instantaneously to the energy imbalance created by rising carbon dioxide levels. There is a time lag between what we do and when we feel it.‘ (read https://sawdust.online/2020/blog/we-are-already-too-late-in-tackling-climate-change-issues/)
True. Climate change has contributed to a rise in extreme weather events. Floods in India are always taking a tremendous toll on life and property. Recently, millions of people were disturbed by the flooding and landslides resulting from the monsoon rains. While many chose to refer it as an act of God, we know floods are closely related to continuous degradation of forests, lack of proper water reservoirs, irregular flow of rivers and more importantly soil erosion.
There is no better way of emphasizing our resilience towards energy and climate issues than adapting practices that are considerate towards environment. “Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi rightly said at the Climate Action Summit 2019 during 74th session of UNGA that what we are doing at the moment is just not enough. What is needed today, is a comprehensive approach which covers everything from education to values, and from lifestyle to developmental philosophy. What we need is a global people’s movement to bring about behavioral change.”
Are we on track to achieve this?
It doesn’t take an environmentalist to figure the root cause of a problem and find a solution. Even a layman can reckon what happens when huge hectares of forests are handed over every year for non-forestry activities. Trees are cut down for various reasons (fuel, construction resources, and et al). [A classy example is the recent Mumbai’s Aarey forest. In the concrete jungle, isn’t Aarey a treasure-trove? Wont the loss of these trees result not only in heavy floods but add to the list of consequences we might have to face for giving up on our greenery].
To add, is the population explosion that has caused cities to expand beyond the free space that is readily available. Illegal logging, ambiguous forest conservation policies and unsustainable forest management makes for an urgent need for the government to do their part in yielding a deforestation-free future. With an extensive tree wealth existing in our country, there is no responsible harvesting; instead there is only a rapid consumption to meet the changing needs and aspiration of the country.
At what cost? At the cost of disrupting our ecological system that provides invaluable human service? What about the loss in biodiversity? If this act is not curtailed, it could slowly kill us. Wont the creation of more wetlands, halting deforestation and wetland drainage, reforesting upstream areas and restoring damaged wetlands significantly reduce the impact of climate change on flooding?
What for are we then waiting? I would appreciate the professionals of the fraternity, environmentalists, educationalists and the readers to voice their opinions on the article.