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In northern hemisphere, the chill has come back, as usual, on time. It does, every year, despite vociferous ‘concern’ over global warming and climate change. Sale of winter clothes is up. Cold cream ads are back TV soaps. People started raring for direct sunlight in hill towns like Shillong. Lack of moisture in the air made drying of clothes faster. Old Shillongites say water used to get frozen in the pipes decades ago. It’s warmer now. It may be an effect of climate change. Yet, the same people have not stopped hating the cold. Many, especially old and sick, have left for sojourns in warmer places like Guwahati. They would come back once the harsh winter is over. These are people’s normal response to changing seasons, amid fears of human activities severely causing major changes in weather patterns besides global warming.

Our planet’s automated system is far too complicated than the Google’s self-driven car. No ultra-sophisticated industry run on automated mode can match the “reliability” of the earth’s functioning. Natural disasters still cause much greater casualties than wars and accidents. This globe has come across periods of severe cold, extreme heat, floods and draught, even before the term ‘global warming’ came to being. The term has already caused more-than-necessary panic among global citizens. People have become skeptical even about the seasonal changes, thanks to the campaign by climate activists. Some of them almost try to make a point that change in the weather is the result of human activity, and nothing else.

The seasons are part of the planet’s mechanism to maintain the ecological balance and get life going. People enjoy the changes. Had they not, we would not have had ‘Lines Written in Early Spring’ by William Wordsworth. Some people, however, complain about weather. In summer, they want it to end soon but cannot tolerate the winter too. Wonder what the people living along the Equator feel about the weather. They hardly feel any season as it remains hot and humid throughout the year. They might think how fortunate the people are in other regions where seasons have a meaning. Let’s enjoy the seasons as they are and do our bit to protect the environment.

(Published as editorial in The Methalaya Guardian on October 31, 2014)