Climate Change impacts: Knocking your door


Hosne Ara lives at Kolatoli, just adjacent village of Cox’sbazar Sea Beach. She lived here for last 20 years with his family. Sea is coming near to the village day by day, she said. She has to change her home 3 times during last few years due to erosion of seashore. All the land of her family has been submerged to sea. Now she is living at others land at Kolatoli, but she assumes that it will submerge to the sea very soon.  Many of families left the village due to continous erosion of seashore. She don’t know, what should she do? 

A bangla national daily recently published a news on Hosne ara and erosion of seashore of Bay of Bengal at Cox’sbazar. The report said, there was may of the tamarisk forest at the seashore of Cox’sbazar. But the sea submerged the most part of the tamarisk forest and the sea expanded about 500 meters towards inside of the land. Rising of sea level is found 3.39 m in February 1991, 3.43m in 1995, 3.77m in 2000, 3.53m in 2005 and 3.88m in February 2010 at the estuary of Bay of Bengal and Bakkhali River. Rising sea level also found 4.1m in November 2010. The climate scientists said that this is the impacts of climate change.

The industrialists nations as well as riches are emitting billion of tons green house gases in every second, it increases temperature of the globe, consequently the sea level is rising. Scientists are forecasting, 30 million of people of 17 coastal district would be bound to migrate another places due to submerge the district under the sea. Poor nation are not polluters, but they are becoming victim of climate change. Riches are responsible, but they have technology to adapt with it. What will the rest of people of economically poor do?

For the people of Mongolia,  temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius are not unusual during the winter season. But this past winter, Mongolia has been experiencing particularly disastrous conditions referred to locally as a ‘dzud’.  Dzuds are devastating for Mongolians because over a third of the population is dependent on livestock herds for their livelihoods, and during a dzud, millions of animals – sheep, goats, camels, horses, cattle, yaks – die from starvation.

Mongolian pastoralists distinguish between three types of dzud. During a ‘white dzud’, heavy snowfall prevents animals from accessing their winter forage. An ‘ice or iron dzud’ occurs when freezing rains lock the grass away under an impenetrable layer of ice. The ‘black dzud’ happens after a dry summer, when the herds have already grazed pastures down to the bare earth, and then a bitter cold winter brings on starvation. Although dzuds are not uncommon, a first-hand observer reports that “people say they haven’t seen such a freezing winter in 30 years. It isn’t only a problem for the livestock and herders, but also for the common people who are struggling to find a source of heat.” During January and February, temperatures dropped to -48 degrees Celsius and the Government of Mongolia has declared disaster status in 12 of 21 provinces across the country. For herders, their animals provide not only meat and milk, but also cash income from the sale of cashmere wool, and fuel in the form of dried dung. The herds are also a source of prestige and the family heirloom. With the loss of their herds, families are forced to migrate to urban centres, a situation for which both herders and the Mongolian job market are ill-prepared.

 People are becoming wrosen victims and the impacts is knocking the door. Are we hear the alarm? May be, but the rulers of the rich countries? May be not! Already we have completed 16 conference of parties (COP), but could we take minimum responsibilty to safe our mother earth? The negotiation (!) on climate change yet to minimum enough! Today I received a e-mail described as bellow: 

Small islanders from all parts of the world have been the strongest advocates for action against climate change. Indeed, Climate Frontlines grew from a previous mailing list dedicated to small islands where concerns about climate change were regularly voiced. In this posting, we focus on two Climate Frontlines projects in the Pacific. But first, a perspective from the Indian Ocean shows us that small islands from different regions share similar concerns. “What you can see here is erosion in action now. The sand near the trees has started moving out. The whole beach is eroded from there. The roots will die, and palm trees will fall down.” Ahmed Nihad, Chief, Huraa island, Maldives in a 2010 report from Maxims News Network.

Tuo village of Fenualoa, Reef Islands, Solomon Islands, Pacific: Tuo is the name of a village on one of the Reef Islands of the Solomon Islands. Its population of over 500 people are mainly subsistence farmers and fishermen who have observed the steady erosion of their sea front. Upon the initiative of a Pacific youth, Lawrence Nodua, the community of Tuo will engage in the documentation of their traditional knowledge, including their observations of weather patterns, geographic locations and changes in their shoreline and the impact of these on their livelihoods. With this information, they hope to initiate the sharing of successful strategies and innovations among different stakeholders.

Impacts are visible! People are in the threat!  But riches are not hear enough the cry of the victims. If they continue it, could they save themselves? May not be! May be realization of Stiphen Hawkings is the right answer. Only we could save the human being if people could go to the other planet before final destruction of mother earth. 

Would we wait for last destruction of mother earth for ending the human history? If not, then this is the time to act, act against the riches! From just now!

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