Post Mortem

Climate change and global warming in Nagaland and the world

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/20/2018 10:24:50 AM IST

 (From previous issue)

Another area of concern would be the amount of litter seen around the localities. This is true especially for plastic wastes which are hazardous but prominent on the streets. The polythene bags we use in our everyday life can take anywhere from 10 - 1000 years to decompose. They contaminate the environment and contribute significantly to global warming. 

Having said all these, it is also encouraging to know that people have been deliberating on the issue of climate change. Recently, the chief secretary stressed on the subject. A month earlier, the chief minister called for a ban on plastics. Moreover, the State Action Plan on climate change has been set up which aims to formulate concrete policies. Thus, there is reason to believe in a sustainable future if everyone contributes and puts an effort today. For a start, we can take small steps and be more responsible. Below is a simple list of suggestion which can be considered to make our environment cleaner: 

1. Use of public transport should be encouraged. Transport services can be upgraded to attract more customers 

2. Use of firewood for cooking can be replaced by more efficient methods in the rural areas. State departments can install and promote technologies like Bio-gas / solar cooker in areas with resource potential 

3. Each village can introduce ‘Bio-diversity / Climate Change’ branch within their Village Council departments. Their activities can be aimed at building a ‘Green Village’. District administration in turn can support and promote green villages 

4. Festivals can showcase and promote the concept of sustainable tourism 

5. NGOs and tribal bodies together with churches can spread the message of climate change within their jurisdiction 

6. Public leaders and Naga celebrities can become ‘Ambassadors for Climate Change’ or ‘Green Ambassadors’ and spread awareness using social media platforms 

7. Event organizers and hosts can make a public announcement to prevent littering before the start of major programs 

8. Vehicle owners and cab drivers can advise passengers not to throw out waste while travelling, especially on the highway 

9. State authorities should give due importance to constructing pedestrian footpath and cycle lanes, as much as it builds roads and bridges for motor vehicles. Landowners should co-operate with them 

10. Business organizations can put regulations to limit the use of plastic bags in shops and kiosks. Shopkeepers, in turn, should insist buyers bring their own bags or basket 

11. Municipalities can upgrade waste disposal mechanism. Every household should learn to segregate organic and inorganic wastes before disposal 

12. Academic institutes can delve into research and development in the field of clean energy, recycling and genetically modified crops that can adapt to climate change. 

It is true that we cannot stop climate change, but we can take measures and join the global effort in reducing its impact. Even more so because the lives of future generations depend on our actions today. As a famous actor stated during his acceptance speech at the 2016 Oscar awards, ‘Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.’ – Leornado DiCaprio. 

(Concluded)

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