Rising Heat And Changing Seasons: The Urgent Need For Climate Action


(MENAFN- Tribal News Network) The Earth's climate is undeniably changing, and the effects are becoming increasingly evident, especially in the last two decades. We are witnessing a shift from familiar seasonal rhythms to a new reality of extreme weather events.

Gone are the days of predictable, moderate temperatures. Instead, we are grappling with prolonged periods of intense heat, punctuated by torrential downpours that often lead to devastating floods, particularly in the northern areas.

This shift is not merely anecdotal; the evidence is clear. Winters are becoming shorter and milder, while summers are stretching longer and hotter. The recent smog episodes witnessed in different parts of the country in January and February, coupled with the lack of much-needed rainfall, are stark reminders of the consequences of this changing climate.

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Today's heat waves are far more intense and frequent than those of previous generations. Our parents and grandparents recall a time when summers, while warm, were comparatively bearable. The duration of heatwaves was limited, and relief often arrived in the form of timely, cooling rain. Today, however, the heat lingers, pushing our bodies and infrastructure to their limits.

The consequences of this shift are far-reaching. The lack of rainfall not only impacts agriculture but also exacerbates the risk of wildfires. The increased frequency and intensity of floods, often triggered by heavy rainfall, are causing widespread damage and displacement. The very trees that once provided shade and absorbed excess water are now struggling to survive in the face of extreme heat and drought. We are witnessing a vicious cycle where the changing climate impacts our environment, which in turn further accelerates climate change.

It is time to acknowledge the reality of climate change and take decisive action. We must invest in sustainable practices, reduce our carbon footprint, and protect our natural resources. The future of our planet, and our well-being, depends on it.

Plantation is a crucial step in mitigating the effects of climate change. Trees act as natural carbon sinks, and planting trees can be a powerful weapon against temperature rise. It is said that trees act as air conditioners; their extensive canopies provide much-needed shade, lowering ground temperatures and creating a cooler microclimate.

Moreover, the neem tree is renowned for its multifaceted benefits. It possesses an exceptional capacity to absorb heat, mitigating the effects of high temperatures. Notably, it exhibits the unique ability to produce oxygen during nocturnal hours, a characteristic that distinguishes it from many other plant species. Furthermore, a mature neem tree, reaching a height of twelve feet, is estimated to be equivalent in cooling capacity to three air conditioners, effectively contributing to a more temperate environment. This remarkable combination of attributes underscores the neem tree's significant role in promoting ecological balance and enhancing human well-being.

Let's launch a public awareness campaign urging individuals to plant neem trees, which may cost between 50 to 100 Rs, this monsoon season for the well-being of our environment.

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