Cli­mate con­ver­sa­tion

Need to go be­yond ve­hic­u­lar emis­sions

Business Standard - - OPINION -

In an in­ter­view with The Guardian re­cently, one the world’s most em­i­nent cli­mate sci­en­tists Michael Mann said: “The im­pacts of cli­mate change are no longer sub­tle…. We lit­er­ally would not have seen these ex­tremes in the ab­sence of cli­mate change” . While it is re­as­sur­ing for cli­mate sci­en­tists to see their pre­dic­tions com­ing true, Mr Mann, the di­rec­tor of the Earth Sys­tem Sci­ence Cen­ter at Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity added, “… as a ci­ti­zen of planet Earth, it is very dis­tress­ing to see that as it means we have not taken the nec­es­sary ac­tion.” The ef­fects of this in­ac­tion are vis­i­ble across the world. In In­dia, in a span of two months, we have seen the se­vere im­pacts of ex­treme weather events: Higherthan-nor­mal rains dev­as­tated south­ern In­dia, and now it’s north­ern In­dia that is fac­ing the same chal­lenge. In other parts of the world, Hur­ri­cane Florence flat­tened the Caroli­nas in the US and Su­per Typhoon Mangkhut did the same to parts of the Philip­pines.

One of the fun­da­men­tal com­po­nents of build­ing this much-needed re­silience is to main­stream the cli­mate con­ver­sa­tion, which un­for­tu­nately still re­mains an elite topic in In­dia (though poorer sec­tions will be hit much harder). So in­stead of only think­ing about ve­hic­u­lar emis­sion, green cars, and car­bon foot­print, there needs to be a con­ver­sa­tion hap­pen­ing around bet­ter and eq­ui­table man­age­ment of wa­ter and waste and build­ing re­silience of our cities and vil­lages.

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