Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Climate Change Must be Given Priority Before it is too Late


Climate Change Must be Given Priority Before it is too Late

Today the climate of the world is changing faster than ever before. The climate shift started to show its real face both on the geo-diversity and bio-diversity. Currently, mainly the reports and news stories relate to the very changes in bio-diversity and its uncertain impacts on the availability of food, air and water for the mankind on the planet earth. Despite seeing the real face of the climate change on our homeland - planet earth, very small number of people comments upon the impact of climate change on geo-diversity. We are supposed not to forge that the geo-diversity is the cradle of bio-diversity and many impact on the former will certainly affect the later too.

The very persistent consequences of the natural hazards seems to be accelerating as per the daily reports coming up in the newspapers from around the world and as well as we see shocking hazards around the world taking place every day is enough to be the evidence of the growth of catastrophes by climate change. The recent tsunami that shocked Japan is the real face of climate change.

The talks on the unexpected consequence of the climate change on our lives on the planet earth have turned real in all over the world. Perhaps, it is really the matter of concern for us all, so large in scope and so potentially overwhelming in importance that it might be helpful for us to contemplate and pay our attention on some practical steps we can take to adapt to a warming planet and reduce its negative impacts which jeopardize our lives. Like the very ongoing catastrophes around the world every day which takes the lives of hundreds and thousands of the people.

Today the question is very serious and important and that is, how the humankind will survive on this planet with rising of the sea levels, more extreme pressure of weather, intensive storms, flooding, heat-waves and droughts coming our way, as its circulating now around us. Put a glance around the world and read the very huge impacts of the natural disasters in western countries. The very ongoing changes on the planet are the clear image of doomsday. Climate change and the natural disasters are more dangerous than the economic crisis, political crisis and conflicts. At least we can stop the very uncertain crisis in the world caused by us, but how can the scientists protect the planet from the natural disasters?

God has given the knowledge and wisdom and experience to make a comprehensive difference in reducing risks that today we are steeped in. for this, we need the will to do so now, before the next disasters strike us.

As the matter of fact, we are running out of the time. According to the UN International Strategy for Reducing Disaster (ISRD), over the past 30 years, the disasters - storms, floods and droughts have consistently accelerated threefold. In 2006 alone, 134 million people suffered from the natural hazards that cost $35 billion in damages, including the devastating droughts in Japan, China and Africa. In addition to the massive flooding and droughts in Asia and Africa, these disasters scared and upset lives, destroyed families, swiped away livelihoods and induced the development and progress efforts to set backward.

What is so sad here is, the catastrophes aren't only appearing more frequent, but rather it turns rapid the urbanization and population growth which means more people are now at large risk. The disasters immerged by these hazards have affected five times more people than they did only a generation back. Today these are the true disasters, like climate change and global warming that we can no longer escape from. Our growing vulnerability to disasters is increasing.

The disasters are so effective that some 200 million people who are living in the coastal flood zones, 60 million in South Asia alone are considered to be at risk from the intense storms and rising waters.
Steeped in the true face of disasters, the developed and developing countries will play a major role in reducing or avoiding the natural disasters. The poorer the community, the greater its vulnerability to natural hazards and the more difficult its recovery.

In these scenarios, the humanitarian community finding ways to reduce risks, bolster preparedness and respond more effectively to the consequences of the climate change. The potential humanitarian impacts, including human health risks, diseases, such as cholera malaria and dengue fever, will likely increase in some areas as a result of changing temperatures, diarrhea-related diseases and malnutrition could also accelerate as it has impacts on some of the rural areas in Afghanistan, like Bamyan and many other cold provinces where winter continues for 6 months and every year dozens of children die due to cold and fever.

It has huge impacts on our lives that diminished food security and water supply. Desertification and drought could be the enemy of livelihoods of over 1 million people in more than 110 countries. Consequently, the continuous upholding of droughts and other natural disasters have put a very negative impacts on our lives, as a result, migration and displacement have increased. Population affected by rising seas, flooding, droughts or desertification leaves their lands, at risk, either voluntarily or by compulsion. According to some analysts' prognostications, we could see up to 50 million environmental refugees by the end of decade. Environment-related migration has been most acute in the sub-Saharan Africa. But also affects millions of people in Asia regions. It's becoming more dangerous than we can expect that will jeopardize our lives on this planet.

What can we do in response to save our lives from such crisis? To begin, we shouldn't be frozen by fear or lulled into a despairing sense of complacency. The greatest risk we face is doing nothing. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work in building more disaster resilient communities. The tools needed aren't expensive. Experts estimate that one dollar invested in risk reduction today can save up to $7 in relief and recovery costs tomorrow. Many of the most effective tools at to our disposal to save lives are based on mobilizing people, not on expensive technology. Community-based early warning systems, local disaster education and evocation plans, better crop and land management techniques are all being completed with great success by the nations across the resource spectrum.

In response to the global disasters, we need a global reaction, as Gwynne Dyar noted on the show not long ago which offers a hint of what we can expect if the climate change continues apace. We all ignore the impacts of climate change, but no longer the facts can be ignored, if still in doubt; take a look at Japan Tsunami and Pakistan flood. While it is not a cause and effect question, if want to know what rising waters look like.

As we are now in the picture of its true image that what natural disasters look like. We must redouble our efforts and invest in simple life-saving measures that can reduce our vulnerability to disasters due to a changing in climate. In order to prevent such unexpected disasters we need to bring together the national governments, scientists, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions and the United Nations to move this agenda forward.

Above all, disaster-risk reduction is important to be left to the experts. Risk reduction begins at home, in schools, places of work and worship, and throughout our local communities. It is here where we will either save lives or lose them, depending on the steps we take today to reduce our vulnerability to tomorrow's hazards. For greatest impact, these steps must be grounded in local knowledge and communicated broadly so that everyone, from a local school child to a village grandmother to the municipal mayor, knows how to be protected from upcoming catastrophes.

Abdul Samad Haidari is the permanent writer of the Daily outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at outlookafg hanistan@gmail.com

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