If you don’t already know, my name is Kamal, and it’s nice to meet you.
Allow me be the first to welcome you to the blog. I hope you brought some popcorn with you, because it’s about to get…
Whoa. Is it just me, or did it just get really hot in here?
Did you notice that? If you noticed it too, I’d like to introduce you to a good friend of mine. His name is Climate Change.
I want you to try a little experiment to see for yourself how this friend of mine, Climate Change, is transforming your life.
Get up and go outside. Lick your finger, and then stick it in the air. What do you feel? Are you thinking “My finger is cold, Kamal!” or “My finger is hot, Kamal!” or “Why are you making me do this, Kamal?” Congratulations! You’re well on your way to understanding how climate change is dismantling your life. (Also, that wasn’t a real experiment; I just wanted you to get used to walking, because chances are cars will be banned by 2050 due to greenhouse gas emissions.)
Climate change can be so cold to us yet so hot at the same time. It’s remarkable.
Having experienced this global phenomenon firsthand just like you, I quickly realized that the more time we as humans wasted, the worse off our children and grandchildren would be. Can you imagine your grandchildren lugging around ventilators and air purifiers in an attempt to successfully breathe while surrounded by air saturated with smoke? I sure can’t.
It is for that reason that I’ve taken notice of climate change’s horrendous effects—including but not limited to rising temperatures and decreased rainfall—in one of the world’s most populated countries: India. Second only to China with a startling 1,368,737,513 individuals living within its borders, India has become one of the most at-risk regions in the world for climate change. If it were to be struck with the full force of climate change, hundreds of millions of people would lose their livelihoods, their families, their lives, and, ultimately, the ability to see their descendants carry on their legacy. No human deserves such a fate, and that is why I have joined the fight against climate change—and you should, too.
Now, I want you to think: what exactly would climate change do to humans that’s so devastating? Try to get into its mind: if you were climate change, what would you do?
Well, if I were climate change, here’s what I presume would occur. If climate change were to seize hold of a country, it would drastically increase its temperatures—to the point at which rainfall becomes sparse and virtually unpredictable. If rainfall becomes inconsistent, then farmers will be left clueless as to when the next bout of rainfall will appear. If farmers are clueless, then how will they know when to plant their crops? If farmers are unable to plant crops and generate enough yield to sustain a country, then both farmers and the rest of the country will suffer. As I’m sure you can tell, climate change possesses a series of wide-ranging effects—effects that can make or break the entire planet.
That brings me to my next point: food. Do you think you could survive without food?
Farmers are the primary producers of food, and it is this demographic that is disproportionately impacted by the adverse effects of climate change. Without the ability to produce food, it will be virtually impossible for farmers to generate enough revenue to provide for both themselves and their families.
This unfortunate reality is one that has dawned upon many a farmer and has led to a global phenomenon: the recent mass waves of farmer suicides. Suffering from circumstances brought about by man—circumstances that have caused climate change and global warming—farmers worldwide are in the midst of a series of a mental health crises. As the topic of mental illness becomes more prevalent in modern-day society, it is our responsibility to pinpoint the source of such farmers’ unhappiness and create a legislative framework that will best suit their desires. After all, they are the foundation of our country.
As India is being disproportionately impacted by climate change and houses an absurdly large population, I found it of real use to identify more climate-related victims and propose methods by which we may combat climate change. By helping out such individuals, we can ensure that they live happier lives and do not suffer through such pain.
That is the reason why I have decided to tackle this issue—to make sure no one meets the same fate that these innocent farmers have.
I’ll be back next week with updates on my project!
Until then, have a look at this GIF and understand the enemy that you are up against for the remainder of the 21st century—and beyond.