-Sudarshan’s sand art depicts danger from global warming to iconic heritage sites
The 7 ft. high sand sculpture used 7 tones of sand and took 2 days to prepare. “The issue of global warming is close to my heart. I imagine the kind of ruin temperature rise would bring to the live of millions of people. Flood, draught, water shortage, sea surge all combined would devastate everything we have.” Sudarshan said. “The impact of climate change is already evident and must not be allowed to go out of control. It scares me to think that Orissa is estimated to be faced with 4 million ‘climate migrants’ in Greenpeace report,” he said.
In a report released yesterday, Greenpeace alerted the Indian government and people of the subcontinent to the massive humanitarian crisis the South Asian region could face if global warming was not kept under check. “Blue Alert – Climate Migrants in South Asia: Estimates and Solutions, a paper authored by Dr Sudhir Chella Rajan , professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras, and a climate expert, estimates the number of people who could be displaced from their homes at 125 million in India and Bangladesh alone.
Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner, Vinuta Gopal said, “There is an enormous amount at stake if we fail to invest in fighting climate change today. From whichever angle you look at it, the cost of the climate threat is colossal. Whether it’s economic investment, cultural heritage or simply the humanitarian crisis, we have everything to lose and nothing to gain if we don’t start mitigating now.”