Varenyam: A discussion on Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most serious issues which our planet is dealing with currently. This particular problem has an immediate effect on our surroundings and tops the list of priorities which require immediate action. The MASH Project conducted a special event called ‘Varenyam’ on 19th February which highlighted the need to improve people’s choices to make the world a better place. It aimed to inspire young minds to bring about change and make a difference.

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The guest speaker for the session was Mr. Manu Singh. He is a convener of Anupam Sarva Sewa Samiti which is working in Kumaon (Uttarakhand) for saving the environment, especially the animals, and is associated with international organizations like KAICIID, Religion for Peace and World Economic Forum. The earth is 4.5 billion years old. If that time period is condensed to one year, then on 31st December at 11:59:45, the Harappan civilization happened and at 11:59:58, the industrial revolution took place. In those two seconds, we have managed to destroy the Earth to fulfill our selfish needs.

Since 1880, the earth’s temperature has risen by 1.7 degrees. Since 1950, 60% of our rainforests have gone. We have given birth to ice age and desertification. By 2030, the methane time bomb may go off and extreme temperatures of 70°C in summers and -20°C in winters will make it impossible to live in cities like Delhi. The major contributors to this growing crisis are deforestation and the livestock industry.

As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not man’s greed.” People need to be made accountable for their actions. We have been blessed with social media, and we need to use this medium to spread awareness. The world is in danger, and we have to change our plates, not just our bulbs or automobiles.

The event definitely helped the attendees to reach out to the broader aspects of our environment. It was not just an introduction to the numeral destructions that human beings have been causing but also an insight into how this is affecting ourselves and depleting the resources for our future generations. This event led to the realization of the importance of safeguarding our resources for the planet to sustain.

– Naimish Srivastava
MASH Project



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