Suraksha Paudel/June,3, 2019

“Change is the law of universe”, science, our mythological books and our seniors have been always saying and strongly believing in the statement. Adaptation to change is something very crucial because some may like or some may repel and some may not know how to cope with-it. Similar is the topic of discussion with the rise in temperature in different part of world today that is extremely hampering day to day life with the brought change by the mother nature to us. I can remember talking about the greenhouse gas, ozone layer depletion while in school days but merely I heard about it after I stepped out of the school just because my syllabus was over and the newer studies did not have enough space to learn about it.

The planet’s average surface temperature has raised about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, the ice sheets are decreased, the amount of spring snow cover in the Northern Hemisphere has decreased over the past five decades and thus the snow is melting earlier. These are key remark which many of us read and forget, because folks believe that it is no way related to people like us. Then let’s narrow the view and see the fact that many of us could actually feel. Nepal being in between two huge rapidly growing economically outstanding countries cannot escape the impact of climate change. The change in altitude and along with it the vegetation at minimal distance is a boon as well be a threat. The results of global climate scenario suggest that the impacts of climate change may be intense at high elevations and in regions with complex topography, as is the case in Nepal. The other day one newspaper got to say about the reduced availability of ” Yasargumbha ” this year comparatively to last year, the last scenario of disaster as tornado in Nepal was one of the most uncommon incident, flood each year is not new but the elevation and the impact are comparatively higher despite the mitigation measures on place. Untimely start of the monsoon rainfall, gradual rise in temperature in each corner, moreover Terai having temperature like never before are recent key that we are going through. Recalling the talk with seniors as a matter of sociological data input we could remember them been no need of a fan in houses at Kathmandu, and what we are facing is we all know.

Here comes the question now, what next? why to talk about it? why to even care for it? why is it necessary even? Am I the one to think for it? Answer to is “You/we” We are responsible and “Yes” we need to talk about it. If we can talk about washing hand after using toilet and reduce the count of diseases in our country, then why not talk about climate change and reduce its impact.

We are already behind to think about it but it’s never too late. Yes, you need to take care of this issue and it is necessary because you surely would not love to see the vegetation dying, face food insecurity, bear the heat of scorching sun and scream on the environment which you have destroyed. Measures to reduce the impact and issues of climate change in a strategic level may not be in the hand of common people like us who have no option then be in the environment that is around but yes, small initiative may make a difference. Thinking twice before dropping food in the dustbin, turning off the electricity when not in use, limiting the plastic use as much as we can and of all not throwing the garbage or any litters haphazardly. A controversial thought having the limited number of child is in your hand as well. Rest the policy maker’s initiative would be a key initiative to embark this issue and our society, wish we were in one where preferring cycling to car/bike would not be a leveled mark of judging the lifestyle.

The issue starts and ends to our science and mythological concept again, “Too much of anything is hazardous” and yes we are using too much of everything around welcoming age of disasters.