By Somali K Chakrabarti
A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire. Here is a following write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns.
A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction.
What triggered the Uttarakhand fire is yet unanswered.
There is irreversible geological damage. Aryabhatta Research Institute for Observational Sciences (ARIES) warns of the environmental consequences. The black carbon and smog from the ash clouds the glaciers of Gangotri, Mikim, Sundardaya, Newla and Cheepa. This fire could induce quicker global warming and more. The glaciers are at risk. Harmful chemicals such as carbon released in the environment affect human life and other species.
Forest fires in India have been on the rise. They have caused immense destruction of both land and property contributing to huge economic losses. Chhattisgarh in Uttar Pradesh leads the list with 2,442 fires and Maharashtra is at the bottom with 1638 in 2016 alone! This is an extremely grave issue and needs to be addressed with great concern. Both the government and people of India need to take measures to prevent further forest fires.
The scientific community is bothered by these forest fires. G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development (GBPIHED) will soon conduct an expedition to the glaciers to see the effect of the fires on them and collect scientific data for the country and its government.
We need to prevent such fires if we want our future generations to see any kind of green cover in India and the beauty that is created from and by it!
A lady with a Masters in English Literature, Reshma Gandhi has a passion for writing. She follows music keenly and has a degree in Hindustani classical music.
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