Kali Badi is the place to be in this festive season. Durga Puja are the 9 days when whole India forgets everything and swings in festive mood. But, when you talk about Kolkata it different..its a madness there. So, our kolkata niwasi were at it, totally at it in their true blue bangla ways. But the difference we saw this year was changing concerns and growing awareness. More than 20 puja mandals essayed various aspects of climate change as “themes”. Ranging from importance of greenery and afforestation to sea level rise due to global warming, everything was depicted. Great job !! I must say. Looks like we are now understanding what we are playing with.
Optimism is a virtue which helps you getting good results out of everything..if not at least you believe that you have got something good out of every shit that happened to you. Somewhere I read a thing in which it was mentioned how Air India strike resulted in reduced emissions, though passengers faced lots of problems but then there was something good to it. After all every cloud has a silver lining. Good that people are getting an eye for climate. At least they are seeing what is helping and what is not. I must say we are going good.
The effect of a warming of the Earth’s temperature by even 2 degrees Celsius could put up to 400 million people at risk of hunger and leave up to 2 billion lacking enough water resources.
At Istanbul, which was hosting World bank and International Monetary Fund meeting this year got World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin speaking and world bank making statements such as climate change could depress the economic output of Africa and South Asia by as much as 5 per cent per year. The developing world will suffer about 80 percent of the damage from climate change despite accounting for only around a third of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at the presentation of world bank’s new development report for 2010 entitled “Development and Climate Change”.
All this sounds really great..we are awakening and understanding our responsibilities. Great thats really…great. But, this is not the point I want to make here. Even UNEP meet last week and I don’t even want to mention here what talk they did there…thing is that they talke, they just talked and mu question is…where is the real work dude??
Everything I mentioned above was nothing but only talks in one or other form. Calculations, big terms but where is the ground work. It has become a ritual..every time when a high profile meet happens they pay a one session homage to environment and climate…talk about it and continue with their work. Enough people it enough now….stop talking…show me some work…all these people who met and talked at all these places. Set themes for events, made banners for so called green durga puja…get down, get down to some real work. These talks are not gonna help. What you all are required to do is just to plant a tree…all of you who have met these days…just one tree…trust me you will never need to meet again, set themes or talk. So, please…just one tree in the backyard.