Heavy rainfall has impacted several regions, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, eastern Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab, and parts of Karnataka. Roads have been blocked by landslides and flash floods, causing disruptions and difficulties in transportation and the environment. Its hazardous effect is unforgiving towards even Mother Nature. Every such natural calamity makes us realise how much we have been exploiting our natural resources without realizing the greater harm it has been causing. Celebs too express concern. They talk about what can and should be done to nurture Mother Nature to avoid such disasters. They also opine about where the human race is actually going wrong.
The average mean surface temperature is increasing, according to climate change. The state’s temperature and rainfall patterns are changing, which has increased the frequency and intensity of extreme climatic events like flash floods, drought, avalanches, cloud bursts, and landslides. Additionally, the glaciers are currently melting quickly. Heavy rain and glacial water combine to produce flash floods in some regions. Unsuitable human activity like unplanned development, deforestation, road building, terracing, and changes in agricultural crops that require more intense weathering is affecting the flora and fauna and therefore the environment. Such massive projects are too much for these hills. The ecological balance has been altered by the grinding of hills and the use of large machines in such a sensitive environment. Saving Mother Earth, or taking action to protect and preserve our planet, is an important responsibility for all of us. We must plant trees and preserve green spaces. People must spread awareness about environmental issues among their family, friends, and community and share information through social media, participate in local environmental organizations, and encourage sustainable practices.
It’s really sad to hear about the rainfall and its impact on several regions of Himachal. While efforts are being made to save Mother Earth, there are still areas where we are falling short. Many people are still unaware of the urgency and severity of environmental issues. The destruction of forests and natural habitats continues at an alarming rate. Deforestation contributes to climate change, loss of biodiversity, and disruption of ecosystems. Stricter measures are required to protect forests and promote sustainable land-use practices. Often, short-term economic gains take precedence over long-term environmental sustainability. It is crucial to adopt a more holistic approach that considers the long-term consequences of our actions on the environment and future generations. Addressing these challenges requires collective efforts from individuals, communities, governments, and businesses. It’s essential to promote sustainable practices, support environmental initiatives, advocate for policy changes, and encourage responsible consumption and production to safeguard our planet for future generations.
Himalayan glaciers are vulnerable to climate change and their retreat can impact river flow. Overexploitation and tourism, among other factors, have begun to take a toll on the hill states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It’s important to note that the specific impacts of climate change can vary across different regions within Himachal Pradesh. Adaptation strategies, including sustainable land-use planning, water management, and disaster preparedness, are crucial for minimising the adverse effects of climate change. Local authorities, communities, and individuals must recognize the importance of addressing climate change and implementing measures to mitigate its impacts. This includes promoting renewable energy, sustainable tourism practices, afforestation, and awareness campaigns on climate change and its consequences.
Heavy rainfalls definitely have impacted Himachal and various other places, but we ourselves are responsible for this. We are going wrong everywhere in terms of over usage of cars, automobiles, and petrol. So much damage has been done that correction would take a lot of time. I have also seen robot cars which can fly. More the advancement would happen, the more nature would be affected. We are not close to nature. We should take our kids for farming, tree plantation, etc so that they know about mother earth. This is what I feel we have to work on if we have to correct things. As such, I have never been to flood-affected areas but I have been to Himachal, Manali, Kashmir, and Chandigarh. So I just hope that our country remains as beautiful as possible. People need to raise awareness about environmental issues. By taking small steps in our daily lives, we can collectively make a significant impact.
I have been hearing so much news and watching videos on Instagram about it. My own relatives from Himachal Pradesh are sending me so many videos of how their areas are being adversely affected by this. They have also sent videos showing buildings falling down. There is so much water clogging all around. Actually the main reason behind this is obviously us. We have taken the space which was meant to be forests and rivers and have just turned it into settlements. So that is the reason water is coming into our own houses. Nature always takes whatever it owns. So this is meant to happen someday. If you make homes and buildings in the areas where rivers were present then one day they are meant to fall off. People have cut the mountains and built roads there, so landslides are meant to happen and it’s nature’s way of creating a balance. It cannot really be reversed now, so we’ll have to face it. It’s like we are in a race toward our destruction. I, being a person who has an audience and other people who have an audience, must spread awareness about such issues. Together we can all come together and you know, talk about it. So we as people, who have a pedestal to say something, have a platform to reach out to millions, should talk about it more and even use social media platforms to voice our concern and opinion. Instead of just posting pictures all the time, we should actually spread awareness around these topics. I also plan on doing it once I have an audience who are actually listening to me and the things that I speak actually mean something to people. Then obviously I’m going to talk about these things. Even now I try to through my social media, but I would definitely like to spread awareness about it later in life when I actually have an audience and people actually like listening to me.
Sad to hear about how several regions of Himachal, and a few more states, are suffering from the impacts of heavy showers. Good that efforts are being made to care for the situation but there is so much more that needs to be done. The Worst part is that most of us are unaware of environmental issues. Let me first begin with the fact that environmental pollutants can cause a variety of health problems, including respiratory diseases, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Deforestation contributes to climate change, loss of biodiversity, and disruption of ecosystems. When we destroy natural habitats, we harm the plants and animals that live there. This can lead to extinctions and loss of biodiversity. Climate change is another factor. The burning of fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which trap heat and cause the planet to become warm. This is leading to more extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and wildfires. Environmental damage also leads to economic losses, as businesses are forced to close due to natural disasters.
Heavy rainfall in the mountains is a slap in the face to us, after nature endured our abuse for years. We Humans have been so selfish, and self-centered that we have been taking Mother Nature for granted, we think it’s ok to damage or abuse nature, as she will not fight back, as she quietly gives us all. Nature now has been fighting back, giving us a wakeup call. The floods in my home-state Uttarakhand in 2012 in Kedarnath is a huge example, so how a sacred place was turned into a money-making tool, nature was encroached, damaged badly in those areas, for monetary gains or just for fun. But do you think people learnt their lesson? No, They were scared for a while, now they are back to the same behaviour. During the pandemic, when I left Mumbai, I lived in Himachal for a year and then my native Uttarakhand for a few months. I have myself witnessed how tourists come & throw trash all around, I would go on trails just to pick up that trash. Deforestation is a huge cause of floods. Construction is happening crazily everywhere, with no consideration of cutting living trees as if they were dead. Usage of plastic is another very big concern, we must try to eliminate single-use plastic from our lives, as much as possible. I now mostly use dissolvable pods, to make my own hand wash, floor cleaner, shampoo etc.
Road construction, deforestation, improper land use, and uncontrolled development in hilly areas are examples of human interventions that can destabilise slopes and increase the vulnerability of landslides. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, switching to renewable energy sources, encouraging sustainable land use and forest conservation, implementing climate-friendly agricultural practices, and putting in place efficient waste management strategies are all necessary to combating climate change. To slow climate change and safeguard the planet for future generations, international cooperation, policy changes, and individual actions are crucial. To address such issues, strict regulations that are effectively enforced are required. Many people are still unaware of how critical and urgent environmental issues are. Education and awareness campaigns are crucial to educating people about the importance of sustainable practices and the consequences of environmental degradation.