AS the annual monsoon season comes around, many Malaysians suffer from the effects of floods and landslides. The especially inclement weather we have experienced of late is likely to be attributed to climate change.
Even though the Malaysian government has put measures in place to tackle the issue, it still cannot prevent landslides, flash floods and so on. The only thing that can be done is to reduce the impact of these occurrences by stopping deforestation and promoting sustainable development.
This year alone, more than 70 people have died and thousands have been displaced by landslides and floods. The fact that these incidents are becoming more common indicates that the country’s current measures are insufficient. We need better infrastructure to ensure the safety of our citizens.
We need to take action now before it is too late or we will continue to suffer untold misery as a result of climate change.
I think that it is time for everyone to take steps to reduce his or her carbon footprint because the consequences of failing to do so would be disastrous.
I believe that we need to educate everyone on how to save energy because energy consumption and climate change are directly related.
The first thing we must do is teach children about recycling and how to conserve energy. The next thing would be for adults to set an example by being eco-friendly ourselves and taking good care of our environment.
We must also plant more trees so we can reduce heat in our atmosphere as well as absorb carbon emissions to lessen the effects of global warming. The government must make sure that every development project will not endanger our resources such as water, soil, air and forests.
It seems that every time there’s a major natural calamity, the finger- pointing and blame game starts. People ask: “Why did this happen?”, “How could this happen?”, “Who’s to blame for this happening?”
Well, it isn’t just because the government didn’t notice the danger signs. It isn’t just because they didn’t have a plan in place to tackle the disaster once it started. It has to do with what people – you and I – have been doing for years, decades even.
It has everything to do with how we treat our environment. Trees are important green lungs that we all need – not only to breathe clean air but also to maintain our ecosystem. The more trees we cut down, the worse off we are as a nation.
Without them, we’re looking at a bleak future where floods will be more frequent, landslides will be more severe, and weather patterns will change drastically.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE