Plea to the world's citizens for the people of Maldives.
When we hear about natural disasters on the Internet or the news, we think of them as events around us. They do not affect our lives, and thus we do not give due importance to them.
In case of significant loss of lives, we sometimes mourn and try to understand the cause of disasters. However, with the increasing intensity of catastrophes due to global problems like climate change, they have become a frequent issue in the news around us. Most of us do not consider it a significant issue that will threaten us in the near future. (This is no longer true for students of the present generation who are more aware of climate change than a 20th-century graduate.)
The Global Climate Risk Index 2021 analyses the extent to which countries and regions have been affected by weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves, etc.). The most recent data available — for 2019 and from 2000 to 2019 — were considered. The countries and territories affected most in 2019 were Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and the Bahamas. For the period from 2000 to 2019, Puerto Rico, Myanmar and Haiti rank highest.
I think that it is time for citizens worldwide to think of people living in the Islands nations and other low lying zones under the risk of submergence with the increasing sea levels due to melting icecaps because of increasing global average temperatures.
For example, the people living in Bangladesh Delta regions will be affected by the increasing intensity of cyclones, and the people living in the Maldives are going to face submergence of the entire country with the rise in sea levels.
WHAT TO DO?
What can an individual living in the USA, India, or China do when people worldwide face the threats of submergence.
At an individual level, we should develop climate-conscious behaviour in their daily life, such as reducing intake of cattle Meat, using Pooled resources such as public transport or purchasing green goods and services. However, these may not have a significant impact because the governments' systemic changes and the corporations' policies will reduce the global per capita emissions.
At a Political level, We should force our governments to create Global Monitoring Institutions to predict the Natural disasters these developing countries face by developing a chain of radars in these high-risk zones to study cyclones and other disasters like floods, Tsunamis etc. Currently, only rich countries have the disaster-resilient infrastructure, and the disaster response mechanisms of developing countries are too haphazard. On the lines of the UN peacekeeping force, we should work towards a global level disaster response force that can be stationed near high-risk zones.
Global Coalition of countries with high historical carbon emissions should fund safe structures that can be built in these respective Islands to prevent the loss of human lives in the cases of a sudden rise in sea levels. These safe structures can be created with the dual purpose of expanding ecological tourism in these regions and as a disaster resilient infrastructure. his can make people aware of the possible dangers that the individuals in these respective nations are facing and help in fighting the
Although I have not lived in these Island countries, I think we should start thinking about people living in these as we live in a global world where we recognise the moral worth of every individual.
I want to invite people from Island nations to comment on problems they face in recent years (related to fishing, cyclones, poverty etc.)