NASA records 2016 as the warmest year in 136 years, Chhattisgarh people make plans to reverse climate change

The decadal change in temperature is the vital sign of global warming.  Sixteen of the 17 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2001, and 2016 ranks as the warmest on record according to NASA/GISS.

Climate adaptive agriculture technology became imperative as it helps in overcome agriculture related issues. Chhattisgarh Forum organized a workshop for 5 dioceses of Chhattisgarh on issue from November 26-27, 2017 at Raigarh.

Insights on global warming helped participants about the effects on environment and agriculture production which is affected and reduced due to erratic rainfall, decreasing water table. Naturally when agriculture as source of livelihood is declining the people are migrating for alternative livelihood options to the urban areas and adversely effects mankind.

Further they also were sensitized to act to reverse the climate change effect in their favour by taking up extra measure in simple ways voluntarily. Some of the mechanisms which the participants themselves stated what they could do to minimize the climate change adverse impact was by planting trees, conserving water by not digging Borewells, taking up organic farming and means of less water intensive agriculture.

Chandrakant, Agriculture Scientist, emphasized on the natural ways of farming by using less chemical fertilizer. He elaborately explained that Chhattisgarh has been called the “Rice Bowl of India” rightly so for its massive Rice production in the country. However, he emphasized that there is super rice variety created by Scientist in MANILA from that of a rice variety originating from Chhattisgarh. With the help of video materials the participants were elaborately educated on the Rice farming systems and various insects that affect the rice cultivation.

The two day workshop on Climate Change was concluded on a high note as all the participants were convinced that there is huge potential to act responsibly in agriculture production methodology and resource utilization as well as acting towards climate change resilience by being volunteers in their own capacity locally.