Can't ig­nore growth

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This is with ref­er­ence to "In­dia's cli­mate strat­egy needs re­vi­sion" (Jan­uary 1-15, 2015). I fully agree with the gov­ern­ment and dis­agree with the ed­i­to­rial. Why do we link vol­un­tary mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­ments to 20ÊC tem­per­a­ture rise through ex-ante re­view? Vol­un­tary com­mit­ments are based on do­mes­tic as­sess­ment to com­bat global warm­ing. Let's not sub­ject them to in­ter­na­tional con­di­tions. By agree­ing to make vol­un­tary mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­ments, it is clear that the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to do its best while pro­tect­ing the coun­try's in­ter­ests. The mo­ment we link it with 20ÊC rise, it be­comes, to some ex­tent, bind­ing on us to in­crease our mit­i­ga­tion com­mit­ments. I ap­pre­ci­ate that you think of en­vi­ron­ment but at the same time please think a lit­tle about the coun­try's devel­op­ment as well where mil­lions live in poverty and are vul­ner­a­ble to dis­eases and death with or with­out global warm­ing.


I thank the edi­tor for the ar­ti­cle, which clearly points out the mind­set of par­ties in­volved in global cli­mate change ne­go­ti­a­tions. At present, cli­mate change in In­dia is a non-is­sue as peo­ple do not care about it and pur­sue life­styles and work pat­terns that are detri­men­tal to the en­vi­ron­ment. For In­dia to re­ally win in the global ne­go­ti­a­tions, we need to stream­line the coun­try's prob­lems first, be it so­cial eq­uity or clean­li­ness.



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