Fight­ing Cli­mate Change

Bhutan Times - - EDITORIAL -

P rime Min­is­ter of Bhutan has been named amongst the world 50 great lead­ers by the For­tune Mag­a­zine a well known for pub­lish­ing the an­nual For­tune 500 list of the world’s rich­est com­pa­nies and a sis­ter con­cern of Time Mag­a­zine . As per the For­tune mag­a­zine these 50 per­son­al­i­ties in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment, phi­lan­thropy and the arts and all over the globe, these men and women are trans­form­ing the world and in­spir­ing oth­ers to do the same.

The first in the list is the CEO of Ama­zon Jeff Be­zos who has spread Ama­zon in its hy­dra­headed of­fer­ings in new di­rec­tions; its founder is also evolv­ing. Jeff Be­zos also talks about be­com­ing what one ex­pert calls a “leader of lead­ers,” and about tak­ing on the man­tle of civic lead­er­ship at the Wash­ing­ton Post.

The sec­ond on the list is Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, who has dom­i­nated Europe’s pol­i­tics for a decade now. She is the only Con­ti­nen­tal leader whose term in of­fice pre­dates the 2008 fi­nan­cial cri­sis, a win­ner of three general elec­tions who has also seen off count­less in­tra-party ri­vals. She was also named as the Time per­son of the year 2015 and con­sid­ers her as the de facto leader of the con­ti­nent.

Quot­ing the rea­son for the se­lec­tion of Ly­on­pch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay for com­ing at num­ber 50 the mag­a­zine says that Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay is only the sec­ond Prime Min­is­ter to Bhutan since it held its first demo­cratic elec­tion in 2008.

It says, “He still uses the old Monar­chy’s Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness Index, com­piled through sur­veys of cit­i­zens, to mea­sure the coun­try’s progress, but he has also turned to more con­crete goals, like har­ness­ing the eco­nomic po­ten­tial of the Hi­malayan na­tion’s hy­dropower.”

High­light­ing Bhutan’s en­vi­ron­men­tal track record it says, “He’s sus­tain­ing the coun­try’s en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­ment: Bhutan has main­tained its unique sta­tus as a car­bon-neg­a­tive coun­try, serv­ing as a “sink” for about 4 mil­lion tons of CO2 a year.” The re­cent in­ter­na­tional TED con­fer­ence which be­came pop­u­lar on so­cial me­dia and the Char­lie Rose show in­ter­view in USA.

This has been com­bined with his clean im­age and a pen­chant to mar­ket Bhutan well to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and built the im­age of the coun­try bet­ter.

Dur­ing his TED con­fer­ence the Prime Min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment is sub­sid­ing the cost of LED lights and the en­tire gov­ern­ment is try­ing to be pa­per­less. The en­tire coun­try is be­ing cleaned through Clean Bhutan Project and keeps our en­vi­ron­ment pris­tine for us and for our chil­dren.

As re­tal­i­ated by the Prime Min­ster we must work to­gether to fight cli­mate change and pro­tect our planet and ev­ery­body have their own re­spon­si­bil­ity. We must work to­gether as it is our planet and we must save it.

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