As the entire world becomes more and more conscious towards environment and global warming is being viewed as a serious threat all over, Kashmir continues to remain insensitive as its water bodies shrink at an alarming pace. Though the concerned authorities talk about the issue in seminars and debates but no concern has ever been shown towards the wetlands of the state particularly those of Kashmir Valley. Be it Hokersar, Haigam, Shalbugh – all the wetlands are shrinking at an alarming pace and even in certain cases the human greed has turned one time wetlands into horticulture orchards or agricultural fields.
Kashmir is witnessing disastrous weather changes from past several years, this year being no different as Valley witnessed negligible snowfall this winter. And the temperatures now are showing an above normal trend. These changes in weather patterns are enough to alert conscientious citizen to ponder why this all is happening. Our wetlands are shrinking; forest cover is shrinking; lakes and rivers are drying up and; we are heading towards ecological and environmental disaster.