It will not be an exaggeration if I say that climate change is the worst form of catastrophe that we, human beings have brought on ourselves. The decades of toiling towards ‘economic development’ with greed as the driving force without thinking about the needs of the planet that sustains us even for once, have led us to where we are today.
For years, we have ignored the gravity of this pressing issue and the effects of this ignorance can be witnessed in different parts of the world in different ways. I feel that it is of immense importance that we understand the consequences of our unsustainable actions today.
Let us not sweep aside the blatant violations of human rights that are taking place because of climate change. It is haunting us and will continue to haunt us even more in the future if we do not act boldly and urgently now. With rising sea levels, extreme weather events, droughts, and heatwaves chasing human beings, the climate emergency certainly has the potential to cause some of the worst humanitarian crises all around the globe.
To see how these humanitarian crises are unfolding gradually as the situation is worsening, below are some of the frightening impacts of climate change on human life.
1) Increased threat of disasters:-
There is no doubt that climate-related disasters occurred before global warming and climate change took their present shape. But the present scenario has exacerbated them. The calamities that the world is facing today are far more devastating and frequent.
These deadly disasters do not only result in huge economic losses but also have a significant impact on the human populations that I am going to highlight below.
2) Lack of access to basic amenities:-
Individuals who fall prey to the brutalities of these disasters suffer from extreme malnutrition as their food security gets hampered.
They also find it difficult to access clean drinking water, thus becoming prone to diseases like diarrhea and cholera.
3) Deprivation and poverty:-
Their livelihood gets affected adversely, pushing them deeper into poverty and misery.
4) Escalating climate refugees:-
Many people in these disaster-prone areas such as those living in flood-prone areas of Sundarbans, escape the tyranny by migrating. Currently, we can see the number of climate refugees shooting up at a very fast rate in different parts of the world.
These climate-displaced people are one of the most vulnerable communities as in most cases they don't even get the recognition as 'climate refugees. They do not get any kind of support or legal protection.
This is how climate change unleashes humanitarian crises. And it is not the upper strata of society but the already vulnerable sections that face most of its effects. They get caught in the dangerous cycle of poverty and are snatched away from their livelihood. Thus, climate change deepens the social inequities and widens the gap between the haves and the have-nots. We must realize that we will never be able to develop by leaving behind these vulnerable populations.
Need of the hour:-
While this calls urgently for sustainable development, it is equally important to adapt the local communities to these disasters. This can be done by devising measures to reduce the impact of these calamities on their life and livelihood. With the help of researchers and scientists, risk-reduction measures have to be framed and adopted at the earliest. Every individual deserves to have their basic rights protected.
Author- Ramesh Chaurasia
A superior and highly experienced entrepreneur in the field of business for quite a long time now. Also, a philanthropist, author and public speaker who believes in working towards the overall well being and betterment of the society as a whole.