Effects of climate change
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Uploaded Date and Time: Aug. 7, 2013, 12:02 p.m.
Creator: Radio Bundelkhand
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Description: Radio Bundelkhand – CDKN Shubh Kal Programme on ‘The impacts of climate change’– Final Radio Script The programme starts with the Shubh Kal Signature Tune followed by the Radio Bundelkhand Signature Tune Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Dalchand and Female Anchor – Varsha) Varsha- Welcome to our ShubhKal programme. Dalchand- I am your friend Dalchand. Varsha – And I am your friend Varsha. Dalchand – In the previous episode, we understood about why our climate is changing. Varsha –But Dalchand what I cannot understand is how are we affected by climate change. Dalchand – All impacts of climate change whether they are big or small affects all of us irrespective of where we stay. We all have to find solutions to adapt to this changing climate. Varsha – So let us try to find out how climate change is affecting people living in our villages. Dalchand –Let us listen to Santosh Pal. Villager Santosh- It rains a lot less as compared to earlier times. This has affected agriculture adversely. Also people reared a lot more livestock earlier. Now with lack of water and grazing land for the cattle, animal husbandry has reduced significantly. Earlier farmers mostly practiced organic farming. Now farmers use many chemical based fertilisers which has affected soil fertility adversely. These chemicals also enter our food chain and make us sick. Birds like giddh (vultures) and goraya (sparrows) can hardly be seen these days. Large scale deforestation has adversely affected many animal species and tribal communities dependent on the forests for their sustenance. Now almost 40% of the rural population migrates to cities in search of work. Music Transition Dalchand – Well,Varsha we just heard Santosh Pal. Now let us go across and listen to Lakhanlal Kushwaha. Music Transition Villager Lakhanlal–As a result of climate change, the weather is becoming very uncertain and unpredictable. This adversely affects crop production. Music Transition 3 Dal Chand –Now let us hear Rajendra Singh. Music Transition Villager Rajendra - Yes now there is a definite change visible. Earlier we saw many more forests, animals and birds – now we see less of all these. And the air we breathe now is not as fresh and clean as it used to be in our childhood. The air is very polluted now. Music Transition Varsha- Yes our friends are aware and know the reasons of climatic change and also about its effects on us. Dalchand- It is clear from their talks that earlier the crops produced with organic manure were very healthy in comparison to crops produced today using chemical fertilisers which not only yield unhealthy crops but also make the fields’ less fertile. Varsha- Let’s listen to a song sung by Bir Singh from Orcha. Folk song on the importance of keeping our water sources clean (05:43 – 6:52) Radio Bundelkhand Signature Tune Brief radio drama (07:13 – 07:42) ShubhKal Signature Tune (07:43 –07:53) Environmental message (07:54 – 08:09) Trees inhale carbon dioxide – one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. So please plant as many trees as you can. Tree plantation is a holy service. Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Dalchand and Female Anchor – Varsha) Dalchand- Now let us make our listeners hear what experts have to say on this topic. Varsha – We are meeting Sonal who works on climate change issues in Development Alternatives – a civil society organization working to help rural communities in Bundelkhand adapt to climate change. Sonal - Our farmer friends are experiencing that rainfall is erratic and this is adversely affecting agriculture. Diseases and pests are increasing. On a larger scale, climate change impacts can be seen in the form of glaciers melting and sea levels rising affecting coastal communities adversely. Droughts and floods are becoming common. Climate change cannot be reversed. But what we can do is toreduce the intensity of these impacts by taking efforts to reduce our energy use. Music Transition Varsha- That was Sonal explaining us what is climate change and how to tackle it. Dalchandra- We will now speak to another expert. Varsha- Before speaking to him, lets hear a song. 4 Music Transition Folk song on how we can see climate change effects in the nature around us (10:36 –11:47) Music Transition Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Dalchand and Female Anchor – Varsha) Varsha – Oh we have heard a wonderful song. Now Dalchand after this song what do you have next for our listeners. Dalchand –Varsha now we will listen to another agricultural scientist. Varsha- Friends, let us listen to the views of Dr. N. K.Bhargav from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Agriculture Science Centre) in Shivpuri who is talking to our fellow reporter from Radio Dhadkan. Radio Dhadkan Radio Reporter in conversation with Agricultural Scientist – Dr. N.K. Bhargav Radio Dhadkan Reporter – What are the effects of climate change on farming? Agricultural Scientist –Climate change is affecting our farming quite adversely. In December, our farmers normally sow wheat seeds. What is happening with climate change is that in January, it will be very cold for a week or two and then suddenly the temperature will increase. So, the wheat crop does not get its normal time to grow properly. Similarly, other crops too are affected by changes in climatic conditions. It is very important to undertake mass awareness campaigns to educate the farmers about how to adapt to climate change. Radio Dhadkan Reporter – Sir, what can be done at your organisation’s level to reduce the impacts of climate change? Agricultural Scientist –Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Agriculture Science Centres) all over India demonstrate field tested climate resilient farming techniques and crop varieties at the ground level. We keep the local geographical and climatic conditions of the specific regions in mind while suggesting farming techniques to the farmers. Like recently in the Kharif (monsoon) season, we demonstrated a new soybean variety. Variety JS 335 was taking 100 days to grow. It is normally harvested in the end of October. Due to changes in climatic conditions, we found that its production was getting adversely affected. So after field testing, we introduced a new variety which could be harvested in 80 days. Radio Dhadkan Reporter –Sir, would you like to give any message to the farmers regarding climate change adaptation? Agricultural Scientist –There is a famous proverb that the pot is filled drop by drop. Similarly, it is the duty of every human to protect and conserve the environment. Crop diversification, crop rotation, agroforestry are few techniques that can help our farmers cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. Farmers must try to adopt various forms of agro forestry on their farms. This will not only increase their resilience to climate change but also increase their income as a resultof diversification. 5 Radio Dhadkan Reporter –Thank you Sir for the information you have provided our farmer friends. ShubhKal Signature Tune Radio Anchors in Conversation (Male Anchor - Dalchand and Female Anchor – Varsha) Varsha – After listening to the experts, I have understood that all these climatic changes are due to global warming. They explained everything in such a simple way. Now it’s time for us to leave. Dalchand – Goodbye! The programme ends with the Shubhkal Signature Tune
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