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Adwait Nigade, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
It looked amazing…just as if God had decided to bake a marble cake! And this is my reaction just by seeing the photos available on the internet (one of which you can see below). The sight was of a supreme beauty, one that only nature could create! It definitely looked picturesque…the snow settled on the sand as the largest dry desert of our planet experienced a heavy snowfall. As beautiful as it may look, snow falling on the sand dunes of Sahara is something very rare. It has happened just once before, thirty seven years ago in a much lesser intensity and the underlying reason to it is not so beautiful…rather it’s ugly!
Well, to be scientific, an extremely low pressure area was passing over North Africa which on hitting the landmass caused the air to cool suddenly and condense, thus the snowfall. But going beyond the theoretical explanation, this is a living proof of the damage we’ve done to our planet.
Global Warming, later rechristened as ‘Global Climate Change’ has been nibbling at our healthy existence slowly but steadily and the issue has clearly not been given the attention it deserves. Its only now, when few of the biggest cities in the world have become literally uninhabitable have we “somewhat” realised the gravity of the situation.
Since last few years, many parts of earth are witnessing unusual phenomenon like early melting of glaciers, heat waves in winters, undue monsoons etc. Nature has always given us subtle hints regarding the continuous damage we’ve been inflicting on it and we as the civilization have been vehemently ignoring them. But as of late, the hints have started becoming bolder like the incident stated above.
Nevertheless, it was a treat for the eyes to see white snow mixed with red sand, however we must strengthen our efforts towards green initiatives. The government of Kiribati, a pacific island nation with unparalleled beauty is buying land in Fiji for relocation of its citizens since the sea level has been constantly rising and the coral island nation may cease to exist few years down the line! Are we serious! Has it really come to this? Well, in that case it won’t be far when we would be searching for a new planet to relocate!
At the international level the environment protection must not be limited to signing of treaties somewhere in the Alps, but formulating measures to implement them. At the individual level too, there’s a lot we can and must do. For starters, let’s pay attention if we switch off the A/C next time we leave the room!