CNA’s ‘The Longest Day’ Showcases How Climate Change Affects Asia

Climate Change is so real. Yes, most of us probably believe it. We even condescendingly hit US President Donald Trump for saying that he doesn’t. And yes, again, let me tell him and people like him that it is indeed REAL.

I’ve noticed it from five years back–how the light coming from the sun seems orangey. I don’t remember days being colored like it–how the sun hits like it’s going to fire up your entire house; how almost every middle-class household seems to be needing airconditioners. Case in point, yes, it is again, REAL.

Sadly, while many of us witness its adverse effects, Climate Change still eludes many of us. It’s not discussed in all of the media. If some of them do, it becomes abstract and even figurative. But good news, everyone, Channel News Asia (CNA) brings us “The Longest Day,” a mini-series about the impact of Climate Change in Asia.

In The Longest Day, you’ll hear from the frontlines of the climate crisis–farmers, health workers, city officials, and displaced villagers, and how Climate Change has challenged their living. The Longest Day follows their everyday lives in the course of 24 hours.

The show starts From Saturday, 15 August 2020

SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm

The Sneak Peek of the Episodes are as follows:

Episode 1: WATER

People lining up for water in communal tanks in Chennai, India

The most deprived areas in Chennai, India, depend on communal water tanks that provide limited supply because of severe water shortage. While in Jakarta, Indonesia, the supply of safe drinking water is a huge problem for more impoverished communities.

Indonesians in Jakarta thriving to get drinking water

Premiere: Saturday, 15 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm

Encore: Sunday, 16 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm

Episode 2: OCEANS

A picture of apparent tidal change in Sumba Island, Indonesia

This episode covers people living in the coastlines, particularly in Sumba Island, Indonesia and Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna Rivers in Bangladesh. In 24 hours, these communities will show us how they survive the higher tides, stronger storms, and warmer oceans. The question is, how can they adapt to this climate crisis?

The Sundarbans in Bangladesh’s main transportation are boats like this

Premiere: Saturday, 22 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm

Encore: Sunday, 21 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm

Episode 3: LAND

The severe drought experienced in Vietnam makes farmers think of innovative solutions.

Premiere: Saturday, 29 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm

Encore: Sunday, 30 August, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm

Episode 4: HEAT

In this episode, you’ll meet some of the people that are most vulnerable to heat: schoolchildren in Sumba, elderly in Singapore, and slum-dwellers in New Delhi.

Premiere: Saturday, 5 September, SIN/KL/MNL: 9.00pm | BKK/JKT: 8.00pm | DEL: 6.30pm

Encore: Sunday, 6 September, SIN/KL/MNL: 11.00pm | BKK/JKT: 10.00pm | DEL: 8.30pm

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