Climate Crisis: have you heard this term often, lately? If yes, then you can do something if you want to save the planet; if not, then I can only pray to God or you can at least read this article to get an idea.
Just to set the context, here are some of the facts and figures:
It is enough to understand the gravity of the situation if you are still not convinced then wait for some years and you will able to see yourself.
Climate change is real and it is changing our surroundings every day, at a rate that we can’t imagine. If we will not act now it will be too late to come back. 97% of the world climate scientists agree that human activities are the reason for climate crisis across the globe and the burning of fossil fuels contributes maximum to this problem. But the matter of the fact is that common people don’t give a damn about what the scientists are saying, or we are so busy in our lives that we forget to take care of the surroundings in which we are living.
Imagine or you don’t have to imagine, as we will see the disaster which we are creating for our future generations, in the near future, if we will not do anything about this situation. All countries are adversely affected by global warming, but the most vulnerable sections of the society are the biggest victims and the regions which are least responsible for creating this adverse situation.
Temperature rise, untimely heavy rainfalls, sea-level rise, biodiversity loss, strong storms are some of the signs which we can observe, and they indicate that something is not right or changing. We have to respond to this, not individually, but collectively, be it governments, industries, policymakers, activists and most importantly we, the common people.
Limiting the temperature rise to 1.5°C is not impossible but it will only be possible with the extraordinary changes in all the aspects of society and the way we live and lead our lives. Every step to tackle the climate crisis should be appreciated and replicated in every part of the world, if possible. Industries must take climate-appropriate measures proactively, the government must regularise the resources and the implementation of the laws and policy, policymakers should come up with some strict policies for all stakeholders, activists must not stop raising the red flags and be the torchbearers. People should make the government accountable and also bring changes in their day-to-day lives and come out from their comfort zones. Small steps can bring big changes if we agree to do so.
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old girl, a student, and a climate activist. Today, She is holding a mirror for all those, above her age and reminding them that this earth is not something which we can use and go. But we borrowed it from our ancestors and we’re liable to give it to our future generations, and our children. We can’t be selfish and close our eyes to what is happening and towards the climate crisis. We must do something and do it now. We should respond to her appeal and strengthen her voice with actions.
To contribute towards the fight against climate change, the least we can do is plant a tree. Trees are some of the cheapest and best solutions we have to save our planet and each one of us can do that. Planting a tree is not difficult, especially in this era of technology. There are several organisations that are helping and running tree plantation campaigns, Grow-Trees is one organisation where one can pledge online to plant a tree with a nominal charge and the organisation will plant a tree on your behalf.
Some activities or habits which we should adhere to and try to inculcate to save our planet are given below. You may think of something different and also follow the link to know more such activities: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/
Actions which you can easily take
The author has an M. Tech. from IIT Bombay and works as a Manager (Data Scientist) at Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC Report
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC