Glacier meltdown will spell devastation: Expert

Workshop on Climatic Change - Solutions begins at Dhvanyaloka

Awareness: Maj Gen (Retd) S G Vombatkere (extreme right) watering a sapling to inaugurate two-day workshop on ‘Climatic Change - Solutions’, organised at Dhvanyaloka, in Mysore on Wednesday. DH PhotoHe was speaking after inaugurating a two-day workshop on “Climatic Change: Solutions”, organised by the Karnataka unit of Citizen’s Global Forum here on Wednesday.

He said the scientists had predicted that glaciers in the world would melt by 2035. But, a recent report of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)  says that Indian glaciers are safe till 2050.

“Whatever the arguments may be, the glaciers will melt in the future years. It will leave a disastrous impact on food security and availability of drinking water across the globe,” he added.

The humanity will have to face a severe crisis for the food. The green house gases were responsible for the depletion of ecological standards and global warming.

The industrial pollution, increased use of coal in industries and power plants and rise in big industries, mining activity across the world is posing a threat to the world,” he opined.

He called for massive environmental awareness and said the country should adopt a holistic approach for development in order to save environment. “We cannot ignore the nature and ecology at the cost of GDP growth. The governments should bring a change in the industrial and agricultural policy. Natural farming should be supported,” he said.

Mukesh Bahuguna, national convener of Citizen’s Global forum said there was a huge change in the lifestyle of people of the world today compared to 50-60 years ago. The natural resources are being exploited like never before, even as illogical development policy is causing climatic changes. There is need for review of all development policies, he said.

State convener of the forum V S Rai David, P P Baburaj and others were present.

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