Our weather is always changing and now scientists are discovering that our climate does not stay the same either. Climate, the average weather over a period of many years, differs in regions of the world that receive different amounts of sunlight and have different geographic factors, such as proximity to oceans and altitude.
Climates will change if the factors that influence them fluctuate. To change climate on a global scale, either the amount of heat that is let into the system changes, or the amount of heat that is let out of the system changes. For instance, warming climates are either due to increased heat let into the Earth or a decrease in the amount of heat that is let out of the atmosphere.
Women and children living in poor communities are most adversely affected by climate change and natural disasters because of their social roles, vulnerability, discrimination and poverty. Limited mobility, lower resistance to disease and inadequate access to health care, the burden of household and agricultural work, substandard housing and infrastructure contribute to aggravating the multiple burdens of climate change.
In a bid to assess the impact of climate change, especially on communities living in ecologically fragile environments, MURDS has initiated a programme intervention in the barren lands of the Raninagar-I. Parallel activities have been carried out in similarly vulnerable areas, in villages of Murshidabad. Such pilot efforts aim to make poor communities aware of the impact of climate change on their health and nutrition status, as well has help them progressively adapt to changing environmental patterns.