Uprooted is a poignant exploration of the impact of climate change on the lives of people in the Sundarbans, a region spanning India and Bangladesh. It is home to the world’s largest mangrove forest, an ecosystem that serves as a natural barrier against cyclones and rising sea levels. However, climate change is threatening this delicate balance, leading to increased cyclonic activity and higher sea levels.

The inhabitants of the Sundarbans are on the frontline of this climate crisis. They are being displaced from their land, forced to migrate to cities, and their traditional way of life is under threat. The story of a woman named Mousuni is shared, who had to leave her island home due to the rising sea levels.

The region’s tigers, a symbol of the Sundarbans, are also under threat. The rise in salinity in the water is affecting their prey, leading to increased human-tiger conflict as the animals venture into human settlements in search of food.

The piece also highlights the role of government and non-governmental organisations in helping the inhabitants adapt to these changes. However, the initiatives are often marred by corruption and mismanagement.

The Sundarbans is a microcosm of the wider global climate crisis, illustrating the urgent need for action to mitigate the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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