Embracing Jugaad

With apologies for any possible confusion, I have changed the title of this post from ‘Raising Questions?’ to ‘Embracing Jugaad’ (see the link for definition) since this is a concept we all most probably will eventually need to adjust to using.

These words form part of the report from ABC South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue shared below. 

“Now that I’ve been through three ‘apocalyptic’ Delhi winters — known here as pollution season — I have an idea of what the end of the world might look like. 

Add in worsening droughts, floods and heatwaves and you have a pressure cooker of calamities that could prompt population crises of a scale we’ve never seen. 

Delhi, a city with a far bigger population than all of Australia, faces running out of groundwater by next year. 

Bangladesh’s fertile lowlands are at risk of being destroyed by rising sea levels, and when a cyclone hits coasts along the Bay of Bengal, it’s not unusual for the authorities to have to evacuate 2 million people at once. 

The scale of the threat and consequences are mind-blowing, and if governments don’t start planning to counter things like the air pollution that costs 8 million lives a year, there are parts of South Asia that will become uninhabitable.”

“ABC South Asia correspondent Siobhan Heanue signs off from New Delhi”

Raising many questions and confirming others, it makes you stop and think, doesn’t it?

Raising questions? Here’s just one.  When (not ‘if’) large parts of South Asia become uninhabitable (and that region is not alone in that situation, by any means), where will all those people go?   

OK, that question necessarily leads to a follow-up.  Who, or what, is going to stop them (and others in similar situations) from going wherever they want to go? – What’s that song line from ‘I Am Woman’? – “…hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.”

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