ADDRESSING THE VITAL CONCERN

It can’t be denied that there has been a drastic negative shift in the climate patterns of Jammu and Kashmir during the past few decades especially on account of merciless felling of the green gold across the state. The results are in front of us in the form of devastating 2014 floods, flash floods in the Cold Desert and the latest in the series being that for the first time this Jammu has started experiencing winters devoid of cold conditions. Such shifts though may not seem to have any immediate impact but definitely are going to prove disastrous for the food production in the agriculture sector. It is not this state only but other parts of the nation too that are witnessing the phenomenon of unprecedented weather patterns resulting in unexpected damages. While the key phrase to address this serious issue is ‘Sustainable Development’ at the same time it needs to be realized that addressing this issue is not an individual concern but a global concern that needs to be addressed jointly at the global level. It needs to be understood by one and all that nations, be these the developed, the developing or the underdeveloped ones, all stand victimized by the natural disasters on account of global warming and climate change. In this regard the prime responsibility lies upon the world leaders especially those representing the developed world. Though ‘Sustainable Development’ means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as envisaged in the drafts at different global conferences on the issue, yet it is not as simple as it seems to be. The issue is very complex especially in view of ground implementation being far from the statements in declarations, with the underdeveloped and the developing nations always being at the receiving end due to their poor say in the global affairs. While it is acknowledged beyond doubt that Indian concerns stood duly addressed in this regard as a result of relentless efforts of the PM Narendra Modi, at the same time here in India we need to carry vigorously the campaign to address the concerns and challenges faced by us today on account of climate change especially there has been a drastic shift on the issue after Trump assumed the charge of US President. However Trump’s summersault has failed to dampen the Indian spirit in leading the campaign to address the vital issue and it continues its endeavour in this direction unabated both at the global, national as well as state levels. In this regard even in the state of Jammu and Kashmir there is in place a Green India Mission (GIM) perspective plan worth hundreds of crores by Jammu and Kashmir Government to address the Climate Change threats by adopting measures primarily through forestry sector. Though it is really a great step yet it needs to be ensured that this plan presently under implementation that needs to be translated on ground with full vigour and in true letter and spirit. In this regard the State Action Plan of Climate Change (SAPCC), GIM being one of the ten missions, takes into consideration landscape development approach including massive afforestation, biodiversity conservation, soil and water conservation, environmental services, agro-forestry and capacity building to address the pressing need to reverse the impact of the Climate Change, which is affecting the livelihood of people. It is hoped that those at the helm of affairs in implementation of these life giving projects on ground will ensure that no stone is left unturned in this direction so that the people of this state are ensured food security, water availability and livelihood in a pollution free environment through the means of ‘Sustainable Development’ thereby setting an example for the rest of the states to follow.