Copenhagen Blues

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Post Copenhagen its every country for itself. This is the worst imaginable way to handle the planetary problem of climate change. India will not be able to escape either the impact of climate change, or the blame for being part of the conspiracy for the "business as usual" Copenhagen conclusion. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, then the voice of the Maldivian President who asked for climate stability built around 350 parts per milllion of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere should have become the common minimum climate programme for the entire world. India did not see things this way. That is plain stupid on our part because the people of the Maldives will eventually find a place for their population to move. Who will find a place for the over 30 million Indian and Bangladeshi climate refugees that have already started losing their homes?

I wish Dr. Manmohan Singh and his advisors had worked out an answer to that simple question before going to Copenhagen.