Monsoon season is a love! It brings tremendous calmness to the environment. In India, June to September is known as the Monsoon season. But in the past few years, we experienced rain without a monsoon, called “Untimely Rain.”
In the past few days, many parts of India got massive rainfall, some loved it, and some did not. This untimely rain has a significant impact on our health and environment.
Effects of untimely rain on human health –
Sudden climate change not only invites new illnesses but triggers old ones too.
There is a massive increase in the number of flu and viral cases.
Water logging in potholes, gardens and on the side of the roads give rise to mosquito-borne diseases and water-born diseases like cholera, diarrhoea and other gastric issues.
Temperature drops during this untimely rain period but rises again as soon as the rain stops. This fluctuation in the temperature can increase heat stroke.
Untimely rain also affects air quality. And increases airborne allergies and pollution leading to respiratory infection.
Effects of untimely rain on crops –
Due to the storm and untimely rain crops at the harvesting or developing stages get destroyed. This causes enormous losses to the farmers.
Increasing demand for food and less production can lead to inflation and affect middle- and lower-class community living.
Global warming and urbanisation are the leading causes of climate change. An increase of one degree celsius of global warming can increase rainfall to five per cent.
Our role in controlling untimely rain
Most people think heavy or less rainfall is a natural calamity and we can’t do anything about it. But this is not the case!
Our small actions can bring a significant impact on global warming.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle – We are living in the digital world where we use most electronic gadgets. All these electronics and clothes emit carbon somewhere in the production cycle.
We can buy second-hand products, repair whatever we can and try to recycle others.
- Energy saving at home – Most of the electricity is powered by coal, oil and gases. Try to avoid unnecessary use of electricity. Switched off fan and lights when not in use.
- Use of public transport or cycles – To avoid excessive fluid use, prefer walking or cycling for small distances. Preferring public transport like buses and local trains for travelling or carpooling is the best method to incorporate.
- Avoid food wastage – When we waste food, we waste all the energy and resources which are created for food creation, packaging and transportation.
- Speak up – Last but not least. Be vocal and ask people to join this initiative for out health of our earth.
Our small steps for saving our earth can bring considerable changes in a few years for us and future generations. So, let’s work on it together!