Wrong deals

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This is with ref­er­ence to "Last call to get cli­mate deal right" (Novem­ber 15-30). Many coun­tries are ask­ing the United Na­tions for alms in the name of car­bon credit shar­ing. After re­ceiv­ing the funds they are not us­ing the money to re­duce car­bon foot­print. In­stead they are in­vest­ing the money in in­fra­struc­ture. The UN must stop en­cour­ag­ing such ac­tiv­i­ties. The coun­tries with per­verted am­bi­tions are de­stroy­ing the en­vi­ron­ment through their real es­tate dreams. Car­bon emis­sions will grow with pop­u­la­tion ex­pan­sion and the coun­tries must do some­thing about it.

S JEEVANANDA REDDY

The mad­ness of con­sumerism and man­u­fac­tur­ing is erod­ing the In­dian eco­nomic model. Forests are see­ing a steep rise in the num­ber of mo­tels and lodges each year. Be it Udhagamandalam or Coonoor, they all have been con­verted into con­crete jun­gles. In the name of in­fra­struc­ture, agri­cul­tural land and forests are be­ing sac­ri­ficed. If the sit­u­a­tion re­mains so, In­dia is likely to lose 50 per cent of its agri­cul­tural land and forests in the next 50 years.

GUN­DAPPA SRINI­VAS

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