August 19, 2016

From human blunder to human predicament

As an agricultural country, Myanmar still has to depend on its rivers, resulting in the construction of dams with the intention of providing irrigation water and generating hydroelectricity.
The construction of dams is not without environmental impacts. These facilities have the potential to destroy the existing ecosystems as they change the circulation system of rivers, resulting in what is called ‘climate change’. Environmental scientists have noted that it takes thousands of years for an ecosystem to come into existence, while some research has warned that dams can cause the disappearance of aquatic species, birds, forests, wetland and farmland, as well as erosion in coastal delta regions.
In the past few decades, hazards related to climate change have become more dramatically noticeable, with more and more people starting to take into consideration their upsides and downsides.
Tackling the matter of climate change is not an individual concern. Nor is it a societal concern. Nor is it an institutional concern. It is a national concern. More truly, it is a global concern. It is absolutely imperative for the government to weigh up the pros and cons of building irrigation and hydropower projects.
As part of the ecology movement, the government and environmentalists should network and strategize better plans for future water and energy projects in the country. Now is the time to raise awareness about the impacts of dams and the value of free-flowing rivers.


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