Climate Change Taking Its Toll On India
Editorials News | May-21-2021
Climate Change has become a pressing global issue as its effects are felt worldwide at large. Climate Change has consequently resulted in not only changes in nature but has also affected the socio-economic scenario in the world. It has also taken a toll on the health of people. In India, Climate Change can be witnessed in early or delayed winters at various places, rise in sea levels, extreme heat in summers, low precipitation rates, consequently affecting the primary occupation of the country, i.e. agriculture.
With agriculture being affected, there are notable suicide cases of farmers not being able to survive natural calamities like floods and droughts caused by climate change. It is also found that humans tend to react at the moment and not until it is the immediate need for attention and hence, despite knowing about the adversities of climate change, people fail to practice the use of sustainable means of resources and remain inert to climate change. Various lifestyles, behavioral and psychological factors are responsible for people not wanting to react to the signs of climate change. Lifestyle factors include food habits, energy usage, transport, aviation, lack of waste management, etc.
However, if not reacted now, by 2050, the World Bank calculates climate change will shave nearly 3% off India’s GDP and depress living standards of nearly half its population. We can stop climate change by moving away from fossil fuels, replacing them with alternative energies like solar, wind, and geothermal. Producing clean energy is crucial. By encouraging better use of natural resources, stopping massive deforestation as well as making agriculture greener more efficient we can prevent climate change.
Thus, by keeping our eyes open and raise awareness about how changing habits at an individual level affects climate change, and encourage others for the same idea. By Encouraging people to be the change and lead the change as it is human psychology to follow what others do.
By:- Jashmeet Kaur