By D N Singh
Cyclones or similar oceanic invasions have become a regular feature in Odisha. Although climatic change has become a grave concern worldover, however, Odisha remains one of the major destinations of such ravages from the sea, Bay of Bengal.
Now is the time when we have our ears to the ground and listen to what nature warns us about. Time to pay heed to what the scientists say and save the places from being uninhabitable.
Odisha which has witnessed the fury of about seven major cyclonic storms in the last 21 years almost, the 1999 Super Cyclone was the worst ever disaster the state should have learnt a lesson from.
‘Gulab’ Looms Over
Today, the cyclone ‘Gulab’ looms over the parts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Regardless of its impact by evening, climatic change, according to scientists, is the driving force which ushers in such natural calamities making the earth more and more hostile a place to live.
And Odisha which has a 480 km long coast which helps the recurrences of such dangers triggered by the pathetic shrinkage of flora along the coast.
1999 Super Cyclone had demonstrated how green plays a crucial role as a protector from any oceanic invasions. Records have it that, in many areas such as Rajnagar and adjoining pockets remained marginally affected by the 1999 catastrophe just because there were a long part of the areas fortified by Mangrove forests.
It Can Be Done
Now, with the advancement of technology the energy production has become more and more clean, not affecting the environment.
So it offers ample opportunity for states like Odisha to lay emphasis on preservation of green around the coast and promote an inbuilt internal robustness by greenery.
In many such climatic summits, including the Glasgow one, it is always made easy that it is not a big task if financial allocation for protection of the environment gets the deserving priority.
We have witnessed an epic destruction of the heritage and it is time to bring about an atmosphere when nature and humanity can be friendly.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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