BHUBANESWAR: A day after the national release of “Blue Alert”, a report on the impact of global warming on India’s coast by the global environment watch group ‘Greenpeace’ in Kolkata, a nation-wide campaign to make the
people aware of the dangers of sea-rise kicked off from the coastal town of Puri in Orissa on Wednesday.
There could not have been a better collaborator for the campaign than international acclaimed sand sculptor Sudarsan Patnaik.
The master artist sculpted miniatures of major monuments like the Jagannath temple of Puri, the temple on Mammallapuram beach in Tamil Nadu and the Gateway of India of Mumbai on the sea beach portraying those poised to be washed away by high tide.+
“Greenpeace has cautioned that unless temperature rise is not contained below the two-degree tipping point, there would be coastal disaster due to a rise in sea level.
It pained me to imagine that such lovely beaches would be submerged under the sea affecting the world famous heritage sites and monuments,” stated Mr. Sudarsan, who used seven tones of sand and took two days to carve out the seven-foot tall sculpture.
The report released on Tuesday has alerted the Indian Government and the people of the sub-continent about the imminent massive crisis that the South Asian region might face if global warming crosses the tipping point.
“Blue Alert - Climate Migrants in South Asia: Estimates and Solutions”, the paper presented by Sudhir Chella Rajan , professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras and a climate expert, an estimated 125 million people in India and Bangladesh would be adversely affected by the crisis, Greenpeace climate and energy campaigner Vinuta Gopal told The Hindu.
Greenpeace would host similar campaigns in coastal cities of Goa, Mumbai and Chennai, revealed Ms. Gopal.