The potential collapse of this ice sheet (Thwaites Glacier) in Antarctica by the end of the century could result in a 20-foot rise in sea levels. This rise could devastate major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Mangalore. With their low elevation and high population density, these cities would be left vulnerable to flooding, which could have a wide range of consequences for the local inhabitants, including displacement and a decrease in air quality due to overcrowding.
The ecosystem around these cities could be seriously impacted too, with the rise in sea levels posing a threat to species that inhabit these areas such as fish and other marine life. Even Bengaluru, a landlocked city, could feel the impact of a rising sea level, due to its close proximity to coastal areas. A sea level rise could affect the water supply for the city and further threaten local ecosystems and the regional economy.
It’s hard to comprehend a glacier more than 5,000 kilometres away having such a great impact on our lives, but with climate change, the impossible quickly becomes reality.
We can not wait until Doomsday to take action and ensure that we reduce emissions and protect our planet, because time is running out! We need to do our part in order to prepare for the potential impact of climate change. This includes reducing emissions by driving less, conserving energy, and reducing waste. Planting trees is also a great way to help mitigate the effects of climate change, as trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. Additionally, educating yourself and your community about climate change and its consequences can help build awareness of the problem, and encourage others to take action. Finally, advocating for more sustainable products and businesses can help create a meaningful impact and push for climate action.