The Cyclone in Tamilnadu – “Gaja”
The cyclone in Tamilnadu, Gaja hit the east coast and areas in the interior including Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Thiruvaroor, Nagapattinam, Vedaranyam levelling everything on its way. Reports are that the cyclone has destroyed over 2,00,000 trees, 1,00,000 houses and much more…
Impact of Gaja on our farmers
Our farmer friends say that not a single sheet, tile or thatch roof is intact …there are farmers who have lost every coconut tree in their orchards destroying over a decades work. They say recovering from seasonal crops is also a huge task …
Farmer groups have had wind and water gushing into their grain storehouses destroying grains of a whole season or year
The destruction of trees in this cyclone in Tamilnadu is a huge blow that will take farmers decades to recover from and rebuild.
More frequent, More powerful…
The frequency and power of such climate events are increasing. Kerala is barely limping back from the devastating floods and the flood-hit areas are already showing signs of impending drought-like conditions. Add to that, Gaja, the cyclone in Tamilnadu.
We know that climate change is human action induced and our fond hope that we will not see any immediate impact has been put to rest with such repeated events. As we discuss this, wild, uncontrollable, forest fires have devoured a whole town in California and will take up to November 30th to be brought under control.
How am I responsible for all this?
Every modern convenience we enjoy is subsidised at the cost of nature. The water we use so generously is pumped from the depths of the earth with no hope of replenishing the aquifers. The cheap food that is available in the markets is produced using chemicals destroying soils and other organisms. The modes of transportation used unthinkingly and increasingly are polluting and destroying the atmosphere.
We in India believe that now we have money and therefore it is our turn to trash the planet, forgetting that nature does not discriminate about where it hits us back. Unfortunately, it is the farmers, already vulnerable, who are taking the first hit as they are most directly dependant on nature. This cyclone in Tamilnadu is but one example.
And paraphrasing that famous poem of Niemoller written/ spoken during the Holocaust, “first they came for the farmers and we did not act… because we are not farmers … and then they came for me… and there was no one left to speak for me”
What can we do? Is it of any use?
We know that Climate Change is here…..What is happening today is heading towards a holocaust by nature in response to our indiscriminate and unthinking acts of destruction. If we do not speak up and act, we will have no future!
There is a lot we can do. And yes, everything counts. However, the problem with our doing is that we perform a tiny act of sustainability and undo its effect by our own profligate actions.
Yet, as Al Gore said in his famous documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, on Climate Change made more than a decade ago, let us not move from ignorance to despair. Let us resolve to act. To change and simplify our own lives, to eat local, organic and seasonal, to be more conscious about our dependence on nature, to take care not to burden the earth, to help those already affected by the vagaries of climate…
Buy less, travel less, consume less, so that our children have some hope of a normal life and livable planet.
The earth, the air, the land and the water are not am inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.
We at Bio Basics can help
Bio Basics was started by us with the intention of protecting the environment, providing farmers with a sustainable livelihood and help reach healthy food to the urban public. Every kilo that we source and distribute keeps a patch of land organic, which is a reward in itself.
At Bio Basics, we do most of our sourcing directly from farmers (all organic) ensuring that they get a sustainable income from farming. We hope to continue to support small farmers and farmer groups. This we can do consistently, only if we have people like you buy from us and choose to eat organic, thereby helping yourself, the farmers and the ecosystem that sustains us all.
This cyclone in Tamilnadu is appropriate to remember what Maria Rodale said, “If you do just one thing—make one conscious choice—that can change the world, go organic. Buy organic food. Stop using chemicals and start supporting organic farmers. No other single choice you can make to improve the health of your family and the planet will have greater positive repercussions for our future.”