Pollution, Malnutrition: Climate Change Will Hit India Hardest.
As we approach the end of yet another year and the dawn of a new one, now is the time to reflect on the year gone and some of the things that left an indelible impression on our minds.
While governance structures around the world continue to battle amongst themselves and over geographical boundaries on what difficulties, by their own opinions, matter and need their attention, one can’t afford to miss the shout for actions from a hitherto hidden quarter.
The wave of moves by no less than our own kids from every continent on the planet demanding a future that is secure, warrants a feeling of urgency for action amongst the powers-that-be. In a never-before second, 2019 witnessed a clarion call to authorities around the globe by kids who recognize the future for them and forthcoming generations is rather bleak- one that is filled with endangered natural resources (air, food and water ).
Often contaminated beyond tolerable levels of individual consumption, decreasing food and nutrition security, unhealthy cities with increasing populations, diminishing green spaces and an unsustainable imbalance in access and utilities to healthcare providers, coupled with a continuing onslaught in their right to live, breath, and eat and drama – the features of a healthy and happy childhood.
A recent report released on Children’s Day in India attracted to concentrate the effects of a changing climate on the health of our kids.
Dr Stella Hartinger, co-author of The Lancet Countdown Report on Climate Change and Health from Cayateno Heredia University, Peru, stated,”The route that the world selects today will irreversibly mark our children’s futures.”
Dioreahh, Heatwaves: More Trouble for India
With its huge population and high rates of healthcare inequality, poverty and malnutrition, few nations are likely to suffer in the health effects of climate change as far as India.
Diarrheal infections, a significant persistent cause of child mortality, will disperse into new areas, facilitated by positive climatic suitability for the transmission of the pathogen vibrio cholera, increasing by 3 percent annually since the early 1980s at India.
Deadly heatwaves could become the standard. An extra 45 million exposures were seen by india to heatwaves over the age of 65 years amongst our vulnerable populations.
Labor hours dropped in the agriculture sector alone was near 12 million hours based on data from 2018 increasing concern on the financial consequences on individual, household and national budgets.
Mosquito-borne ailments like malaria, dengue and chikungunya are being detected in unknown parts of the nation. Temperatures impact crop yield with impacts on nutrient content and food availability of staples like soybean, wheat, rice and maize.
In a country where undernutrition has been of major concern, the enhancement of this cycle of poor nutrition – exposure to infectious diseases, spells concern for our kids.
The elephant in the room is the diminishing air quality in many parts of the country, with the current groundswell from many quarters- kids, adults and activists from the Delhi-NCR area requiring a right to breathe, serving to increase the visibility for a problem that surfaces with recognizable regularity every year, but failing thus much to elicit the collective collective response that alone can combat the issue.