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Blog 4- Climate Change Series – Need to Act…!

Hello,

‘The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk’ according to the World Bank. Urging better planning of cities before it was too late, a report published on Monday from a Bank-run body that focuses on disaster mitigation, said assets worth $158tn – double the total annual output of the global economy – would be in jeopardy by 2050 without preventative action.

(Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/may/16/climate-change-puts-13bn-people-and-158tn-at-risk-says-world-bank)

Cecilia Reyes, chief risk officer of Zurich Insurance Group, said: “Climate change is exacerbating more risks than ever before in terms of water crises, food shortages, constrained economic growth, weaker societal cohesion and increased security risks.“Meanwhile, geopolitical instability is exposing businesses to cancelled projects, revoked licences, interrupted production, damaged assets and restricted movement of funds across borders. These political conflicts are in turn making the challenge of climate change all the more insurmountable – reducing the potential for political cooperation, as well as diverting resource, innovation and time away from climate change resilience and prevention.” – this comment was in context of the Global Risks Report 2016 produced by World Economic Forum in collaboration with Marsh and McLennan and Zurich Insurance Group.

(Source: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/14/climate-change-disaster-is-biggest-threat-to-global-economy-in-2016-say-experts)

(Source: http://climate.nasa.gov/system/internal_resources/

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Conclusion – Climate Change is affecting our planet like never before, and the impact could be wide-ranged. Timely, concerted action is required to reverse it or at-least slow it down.

In the next blog, we will discuss the ‘Waste Connection’ of Climate Change.

Thanks for Reading!

 

 

 

Blog 3 – Climate Change Series – Paris Deal:Leaders of 187 countries stamping on the need to take action

Hello, before we go to the details of the Paris Climate Conference 2015, we may summarize its result as a first-ever confluence of global political will to acknowledge and tackle Climate Change.

If leaders of 187 countries are stamping on the importance to act on Climate Change, how can you and me still deny it?

This is quite significant…but action is more important.

Coming over to the details…Signed on December 12, 2015 with United Nations taking the charge, 187 countries came together to commit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius before Pre-industrial level in the Paris Climate Conference, (also called COP21)

A series of fund-raising pledges by countries and cutting down of global emissions have been agreed to. Salient points are as follows:

  1. Long-term global goal for ‘net-zero emissions’ – The time-frame agreed to for this global pledge is second half of this century. However, the significance of this lies in the fact that a clear economic message has been passed on to the markets, hopefully driving action.
  2. Pledges of cut in carbon emissions- Although not legally binding, 187 countries have submitted this pledge (Intended Nationally Defined Contributions, or INDCs)
  3. Stock-taking every five years – First global stock-taking in 2023, and then after every five years to stay firmly on track
  4. Funds – Members in a non-legal way, are required to mobilize funds to help developing countries to adapt to climate change and move on to cleaner economy.

(Source: Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-key-points#img-2)

Well, no strict deadlines…no fixed fund flow from one country to another…but a clear realization that Climate Change is Real, and we need to act as One. Action of one not only affects that country but the world as a whole…and so the Paris Agreement…

A step in the right direction…!

In the next few blogs, discussion on the urgency to Act, several ways in which we as individuals can be a part of Solution, the Waste Connection to Climate change……..

……………Please come back for more…Thanks for reading!

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(Source: Source: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-key-points#img-2)

 

 

 

 

 

Blog 1 – Climate Change – Myth fast changing to reality…!

Hello,

To me, and I am sure, to many others, every passing day is proving that ‘Climate Change’ is a ‘real thing’…Still, not all are convinced…and to change their view, I am writing this post! Because, I believe that as we, the World, take longer to be convinced, we are losing precious time to reverse the ‘Change’. Also through my posts leading up to June 5, th World Environment Day, I would be highlighting its different facets as well as steps that need to be taken to save ourselves and our future generations of its disastrous effects.

Only today, I heard the news of ‘Canada Wildfire’ covering 8oo square km of Alberta province of Canada. Wildfires occur, but not in this scale, both distance and time-wise, in this area. Increasing temperatures and dry winter, created the conditions for fire of this scale.

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Scene of devastation caused by Wildfire in Canada (Pic: Courtesy BBC.com)

Back home in India, a unseasonal and severe heat wave has claimed several lives as early as in April 2016. Worst hit is the southern state of Telangana. In several other parts, record high temperatures have been observed leading to early school vacations and changed office timings, caution statements for citizens being issued by State Governments and several other adjustments.

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Heat wave in India (Pic: Courtesy The Hindu)

In the coming posts, we will look further into such unseasonal occurrences across the World. Also in the next post, I would focus on how each one of us can become a part of the Solution to combat Climate Change. Do stay with me on that…!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Hour 2016

Earth hour is a symbolic representation of the fact that we care for ‘Our Planet’!
Green house emissions have multiplied with the increasing stress on natural resources. Be it be the increasing population and urbanisation or just human mis-management and greed, there is growing imbalance in nature, amply reflected as ‘Climate change’ globally. It needs to be corrected urgently before it brings our civilization to its knees…
Earth hour is one such step…to create an awareness among each one of us that ‘something’ needs to be done – Development and Nature’s conservation needs to go hand in hand. Not only we would live better as a result, but our future generations too will have a fair chance of good life!
I will switch off our non-essential lights on 19th March 2016 for an hour starting 8:30 pm. I will also try create awareness among my family, friends and peer-group regarding the same.
By participating in the Earth Hour, I become a part of ‘Global Solution for Sustainable Living’…Thanks

Earth Hour 2015 – Today!

Today is one day…to remember that Earth, our planet, needs us…more than ever before! A part of change, she is undergoing, is because of our activity…our development, n our mess…!
So let’s make a statement – even though symbolic, today on Earth hour…
Let’s switch off non-essential lights and electrical appliances tonight…at 8:30pm for 1 hr.
Let’s b a part of this global event, happening in 100 countries.
As we cut on fuel and emissions, during that ‘prime hour’, we remind ourselves and tell younger generation…that we can still curb ‘global warming’ and hence mitigate’ climate change’.

We Participate…We Care!

Impact on Agriculture of Unseasonal rains ( in March 2015) in India – Is it not climate change?

As the Earth Hour for 2015 approaches this March 28, another unseasonal, unexpected climatic phenomenon hits us…this time India…read on!

It is no mystery that Agriculture as a profession and means of livelihood is most vulnerable to the vagaries of nature. Rain, sunshine, winds, high and low temperature, and even snow…all are required for the proper growth of different crops. But the important factor is the timeliness and predictability of climatic patterns. Requirement of each of the above varies with the stages of crop growth.

So if rains and storm are hitting the crop around the the time of harvest, it is no surprise that there will be destruction. And there are socio-economic repercussions…!

A dozen people died and around 90 were injured on Sunday in unseasonal rain and hailstorms in Rajasthan as severe weather triggered by a western disturbance across vast swathes of north and west India caused extensive damage to winter crops ripe for harvest.Officials said heavy rain and hailstones the size of golf balls damaged standing Rabi crops of cumin, mustard, wheat, barley, gram and potato as well as vegetable farms in the countryside which feed all major urban centres in the western and northern states, especially Delhi.” (HT, March 16, 2015)

Other related reports:

Heavy unseasonal rain destroys farmers’ spirits” (ToI, March 16, 2015)

Unseasonal rain damages 80% oilseed, pulse crops in UP” (ToI, March 05, 2015)

Unseasonal rain causes crop loss worth Rs 1,000 crore in Maharashtra” (ToI, March 03, 2015)

Unseasonal Rain Lashes North India” (NDTV, March 02,2015)

References

HT, March 16, 2015 http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/freak-rain-and-hail-kill-dozen-people-flatten-ripe-crops-in-north-and-west-india/article1-1326674.aspx

ToI, March 16, 2015 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Heavy-unseasonal-rain-destroys-farmers-spirits/articleshow/46578267.cms

ToI, March 05, 2015  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/Unseasonal-rain-damages-80-oilseed-pulse-crops/articleshow/46470786.cms

ToI, March 03, 2015 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Unseasonal-rain-causes-crop-loss-worth-Rs-1000-crore-in-Maharashtra/articleshow/46436122.cms

NDTV, March 02,2015 http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/unseasonal-rain-lashes-north-india/358444

World Environment Day – June 5

World Environment Day –

June 5 is the date every year…! The official website is http://www.unep.org/wed/

“World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.”[1]

This year’s theme is “SIDs (Small Island Developing States) in the broader context of climate change…”

As the climate change is becoming more evident by the day, among the more vulnerable are the small island countries.

How?

Global Warming, the cause of climate change, in general, is leading to increase in temperatures, causing ice-caps to melt…this, in turn, increases sea-levels and affect sea winds, causing widespread changes in climatic patterns…countries surround by sea understandably, are most likely to be affected by the above mentioned phenomena…!

At the end, it is not about one group of countries… it is about ONE AND THE ONLY PLANET WE HAVE…EARTH!

This day, can we mold our lifestyle to a more sustainable one?

Happy World Environment Day!

 

 

 

 

[1] UNEP http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4y3CnKSzn8

Earth hour 29 March 2014

March 29 is a global event for change – EARTH HOUR – to be a part, you just need to switch off non-essential lights at 8:30 pm for an hour…Why? Because you save precious energy voluntarily n with small savings, ‘piggy bank’ eventually gets full.
In this effort, millions of people across 157 countries will join you…Wanna be a partof change?

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Tree Planting – Most cherished eco-friendly activity of mine, finally accomplished!

Tree Planting - Most cherished eco-friendly activity of mine, finally accomplished!

Me and my little one – two generations into planting a tree!

Planting tree with my 4-year old kid!

IS IT NOT CLIMATE CHANGE? PART 2

In this blog, I want to take the idea of ‘eco-conscious use of resources’ further…

By this idea, I mean that while we continue to reap the convenience of latest technologies and products, we give a periodic check to our consumption pattern – Are we using one resource/product way too much? Is that product/resource environmentally sensitive like plastics, water, paper, electronic items, electricity, petrol as fuel…?

If we feel we are (as reflected in our family/corporate budget or just an intuition), next thought can be ‘Can we rationalize the use of that product/resource’?

We DO make such assessments whenever a consumption pattern burns a hole in our pocket.

Costs of certain consumption patterns are not apparent today, but does that mean ‘they do not exist’?

And if there are such seriously high costs, would we still continue with the same old consumption pattern?

Hope this sets us thinking. More on ‘Costs of certain consumption patterns’ in the coming blogs…

Thanks for reading!