The Sin­gle Great­est Threat

Southasia - - 9 -

Your story on cli­mate change and the threat it poses to the en­tire world was eye open­ing. It is heart­en­ing to see the youth through­out the re­gion take the is­sue so se­ri­ously whereas the older gen­er­a­tion has re­peat­edly pushed the sin­gle great­est threat to our civ­i­liza­tion un­der the car­pet. Un­like po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity or eco­nomic col­lapse that af­fects one coun­try or re­gion, cli­mate change threat­ens our global sur­vival and there are few mea­sures to ad­dress it. Vol­canic erup­tions in Hawaii, dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes in the US, tsunamis in Sri Lanka and In­dia and earth­quakes in Pak­istan, are just some of the many in­ci­dents that have oc­curred this year alone. The state of re­sponse to such calami­ties is par­tic­u­larly dis­mal in the South Asia re­gion that lies on numer­ous fault lines and is prone to earth­quakes, floods, tsunamis and hur­ri­canes. While we could never ad­dress such prob­lems, our younger gen­er­a­tion is al­ready adopt­ing mea­sures to iden­tify and ways to avoid or re­spond to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Only re­cently, var­i­ous con­fer­ences on cli­mate change have been held across the world and South Asian youth are work­ing dili­gently to es­tab­lish dis­as­ter re­sponse cen­ters in their re­spec­tive coun­tries. Let’s hope they suc­ceed. Mehmud Mozaf­far Colombo, Sri Lanka

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