Choking on humour
When in 2014, I moved to Delhi I was quick in realising that among other things like the safety of my school going kid, I could also no longer take clean air for granted. With the record CO2 levels last year and the two hottest years of the past five decades back to back, awareness of the potential devastation of climate change continues to grow and I read somewhere that now even a Baba has spoken about it!
While just a few years back the wearing of breathing masks by foreigners in Delhi was seen by many of us as an act of disrespect and an effort to demonise our national capital, it is now a growing trend among the locals in Delhi to flaunt them. In fact during the smog of November last year, I bought two masks from a chemist in Bengali Market area of Mandi House myself, after all that was a tough month for breathing in Delhi and the smog was as unprecedented as it was unsettling. Since the masks cost a fortune, I naturally asked the chemist- “What was so special?”; to which he replied that it has a special “N95” element that filters most carbons out from the air just the way we use these strange sounding jargons fresh out of NASA labs to filter the currency out from your wallets!
Yet today the face masks are no more a fashion statement but they have become a necessity else why even the “24 Seven” stores in Delhi are selling them!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that an index of above 300 is “extremely rare” in the U.S. and typically occurs during events such as forest fires. In Delhi we clocked thrice as much last Diwali. In fact, out here levels below 300 are “extremely rare” and typically occur during heavy rains only.
And if it’s not enough already, these deadly gases also form a major contributor to the Global warming problem that Governments are grappling with… globally of course. Yes, it has been pretty conclusively proven now that the earth is undergoing a period of surprisingly intense global warming and scientists have adopted the theory that the industrialisation of the world is resulting in a marked rise in so-called “greenhouse gases” such as carbon dioxide, responsible for increase in Earth’s temperatures and melting of polar ice. Now that’s serious and if not stoped 1/3rd of the polar bears will disappear by 2040… What?… Humans? Oh I guess they will just build some giant ship like the ‘Noah’s Arc’ and survive.
But for now and until the governments work together to figure out how to control the rising global temperatures you can try lowering the temperatures dramatically yourselves… how? …let’s see… just switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius maybe! On a more serious note the Baba has said- The Future will be green or not at all :)