The global warming nay sayers and deniers are strangely quiet these days. Strange weather patterns around the world don’t seen to trouble them or make them think twice about their stand. Who ever thought temperatures could reach 49°C ( 121° F) in some towns of Canada in July. It was actually warmer than north India on those days! The mind boggled. Then the floods in Germany seemed apocalyptic but the forest fires raging across Turkey and Greece soon followed. The visuals of what looked like spontaneous outbreaks on hillsides dry as tinder and people who were unable to do anything beyond watch their homes being engulfed further emphasized the helplessness of humanity against the ravages of nature. Who could have even imagined that there could be so many forest fires in Siberia, let alone that they would go on for so long and become bigger than all other fires combined. Isn’t it a land of endless snow and huskies pulling sleds?
Year after year there are massive floods in China, floods, drought and rising temperatures in India, and all of Asia is suffering from climatic change. Unseasonal cyclones, rapidly increasing in severity, are becoming common. It is becoming more and more likely that coastal cities are going to soon submerge entirely. Glaciers and ice bergs are melting at unprecedented rates. And who knows what old diseases may be lurking under the permafrost and will be let loose by the melt. Zoologist and entomologists are horrified at the rate species are becoming extinct. The botanists have just about given up and acknowledge that it may be a loosing battle. The window of opportunity has closed, it seems, and a lot of scientists are saying the situation is not reversible. NASA keeps publishing fascinating Hubble photos of other planets, their moons and distant galaxies and they keep discussing goldilocks planets (planets which are just the right distance from their suns to sustain life) in faraway solar systems. But how does that help us when we can’t get there? All we have right now is this pale blue dot suspended in a sun beam (phrase coined by Carl Sagan for the Voyager 1 photo of the Earth) and what a mess has been made of it. The photo of the Earth shows us what a tiny, fragile home we have. And so lonely in the vastness of space.
But hey, we are very good at sticking our heads in the sand and pretending it is not happening to us. Though we tremendously admired the Tokyo Olympics for recycling E waste to make all the medals and the ribbons holding them, is it not too little, too late? Covid has also created so much non bio degradable waste like PPE kits, masks and shields but how are they being disposed? Why is no one even thinking about it?
Where do we go from here? Or, should we not ask that question? Popping bubble wrap for de stressing is no longer an option so better download a virtual bubble exploder on the phone and pop away while Rome burns.