Climate change & our beloved ACs

When considering the impact of climate change, it’s crucial to recognize its diverse consequences beyond just rising temperatures and melting ice caps. One significant aspect is the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, as seen in Delhi’s recent record-high temperature of 49 degrees Celsius.

During a recent trip to Assam, I experienced a stark contrast in weather conditions. While Assam offered a pleasant 23-degree climate, returning to Delhi’s scorching heat prompted a reliance on air conditioning (AC) for comfort. This reliance isn’t unique to me but is shared by many in our society.

However, the irony is evident. Our reliance on ACs, while providing immediate relief, contributes to the overall rise in temperatures, exacerbating climate change. This reliance has created what some might call an “AC bubble,” where we seek refuge from outdoor conditions in artificially cooled environments, be it in cars, homes, planes, or hotels.

This lifestyle has potential health implications, especially when transitioning from cool indoor temperatures to the extreme heat outside. It’s a stark reminder of the need for adaptability in the face of climate change. While large-scale measures are essential for mitigating climate change’s effects, we must also adapt to the current realities.

The widespread use of ACs in India is expected to increase significantly in the coming years. This necessitates a responsible approach to their usage to minimize adverse effects. Simple steps like maintaining AC settings at 26 degrees Celsius and allowing time for the body to adjust to outdoor temperatures can contribute to a more sustainable use of these technologies.

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