Recently, India recorded its highest temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit making it India’s highest heatwave. The cause you ask? Well, it all traces back to climate change. Every year, most especially northern India, has had rising temperatures because of unreasonable energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. Industrialization and urbanization have also played an immense role in the changes of weather.

These high temperatures have created a shortage of water in central and western India that resulted in water riots, government-monitored rationing and armed guards at reservoirs. Currently, India is undergoing a drought that has drastically affected farmers. The heatwave has been the cause of 400 farmer suicides reported since the beginning of 2016. In 2015 alone, the heatwave took the lives of 2,500 people.

Is this not a good enough reason for us to do something about climate change? Let’s stop being bystanders and help our planet and most importantly, our community. We need to wake up and change our reliance of fossil fuel to renewable energy.

Learn more about India’s heatwave on ecowatch.com.