Virendra Sehwag says global warming is not a ‘real issue’, faces flak on Twitter
His comment comes at a time when the world leaders up the ante against Global Warming at the G7 summit in Paris.cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2017 15:45 IST
Former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag, who is known for his quirky humour on social media, has left many fuming with his ignorant tweet on climate change.
Here’s what he said…
Global warning ho rahi hogi US mein.Traffic and congestions se India ke pollution par kya farak padta hai ! Concentrate on real issues !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 2, 2017
His comment comes at a time when the world leaders up the ante against Global Warming at the G7 summit in Paris. India - the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases - ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change on Sunday, vowing to increase renewable energy usage to 40% by 2022.
This is not the first time that Sehwag has quoted controversy with his notorious tweets. He was earlier condemned for trolling DU student Gurmehar Kaur, who had launched an online campaign against ABVP after the Ramjas violence.
Not sure what he means by real issues? Does he not know traffic=pollution=GHG emissions=#climatechange. But maybe this is not imp for him— Sunita Narain (@sunitanar) June 2, 2017
You should be tweeting more responsibly when millions of people take your words for the truth.— Vrigu Mohanty (@vrigu) June 2, 2017
Can sm1 explain what he meant 😑 pic.twitter.com/6hbvKls3Bi— कोमल :) 🇮🇳 (@Komal_Indian) June 2, 2017
He has earned those followers. With his wit, sarcasm & humour. I hope it ain't a secret now anymore.— AssistKing (@AritraRoy6) June 2, 2017
Global warming IS THE REAL ISSUE. Biggest threat to our Planet. In your school, hire qualified Science teachers who don't talk like you. Thx— Priyanka (@autumnrainwish) June 2, 2017
Global warming is real not hoax. It affects the planet and India is in Earth not some far away galaxy Paaji. What are you smoking?— Informed Citizen (@AKPandey89) June 2, 2017
After his remark stirred up strong reactions on social media, Sehwag revealed that his original tweet was part of a corporate campaign on environmental awareness .
In a video posted on Twitter, he said, “Bahut galat baat boli hai na maine? Bas aapko jaagruk karna tha. Growing traffic and congestion is causing an alarming rise in pollution in our cities. This has also led to a rise in your blood pressure and frustration. This World Environment Day, let’s take the first step to reduce congestion.”