Issue of Climate Change in Indian Concern

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The four ritus in Indian epics have its set timings. In the olden days, our Rishi-Muni had the duty to make people aware about the seasonal changes. The rituals, especially through the ‘Yagnas’, were considered to have a great impact on the micro-climatic conditions. Every Indian knows the story of the sinking of Dwarika in ‘Dwaparyug’. Lord Krishna informed the residents to empty Dwarika as the ‘Tsunami’ like tides were rising, which would take the city inside sea. Now the question arises, whether India had such great knowledge of weather predictions or it was it a mere hit and trial?

In the present age of Information, the predictions of the seasons are made by the satellite maps. It is great to learn that India has entered in the elite group of countries, which have the technology of studying the ‘Moon’. It is highly commendable, but yet another question arises, what effort are we putting to counter the negative impacts of climate change?

The International Summit on Climate Change is being held in Poznan, Poland. Youth delegations from many countries are taking part in the summit. India has the highest proportion of youth in world. Despite this fact, only two of the young delegates are present in the summit. Many questions arise in the mind of common man. Is the Indian youth (IY) does unaware about the climate change issue? Why do not want to participate? Or are there other reasons of not getting full participation? The answers of the above questions are:

1. The Indian youth knows about the climate change and the developments taking place in the world in this field;
2. They are eager to participate in the Poznan Summit on Climate Change;
3. Lack of support from the Government is the main reason for not participating in the summit.

The society set up in our country is neither maintaining its own cultural identity, nor acquiring the western. In the midst of the ‘Yog’ and ‘Bhog’ culture, we are losing our traditional concept of ‘Aranya Samskruti’ and ‘Prakruti Purush’. It is a well known fact that the rituals and conventions of our culture could meet the impact of climate change in this age which is also defined as the ‘Kaliyug’. The ‘concept of minimum energy’ is a part of Indian traditional lifestyle. There is no ‘waste’ in the Indian culture. The ‘theory of sustainable development’ is there in Indians. The only point is that we should follow the rules of nature. Our ancestors have given the ethics which are compatible with our surroundings.

The “Indian Youth Climate Change Network” (IYCN) has emerged as an important network of Indian Youth who are working towards the issue of climate change. Climate Change is the burning issue of the present world. Members of IYCN are raising awareness on this issue, in their respective regions and areas. The state chapters of IYCN are working on the regional levels as per need and demand of the Indian concern to raise awareness on climate change.

One must know the real cause behind climate change and then decide the policies. India is highly knowledgeable in this regards, especially where the issue of climate change is concerned. The only fact is that we should follow our culture and traditions as defined, and we will find the green cover increasing, pollution load lowering, no wastage, and no alterations in the local climate. So this is right time for our youth to get up and start working in this direction. No presentation on an International Platform, no academic pollution through paper readings will deliver the same results as the Revival of Indian culture, revival of Aranya Samskruti and the concept of Prakruti Purush.
Uttishtithah, Jagritah…… Swami Vivekanand

Satya Prakash Mehra

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