Yesterday, while inaugurating the India Pavilion at COP21, Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, said – ‘India is not responsible for climate change and the crisis due to it the world is facing’ – and he said it quite right.
The only thing is – saying so would not serve any purpose – because whatever be the reasons, whosoever be the culprits – the crisis cannot be restricted within borders – and is affecting the whole planet – and can cause irreparable damage to human habitations across the globe (including India) if something is not done seriously and urgently.
It is like the basic concept of building democratic nations and running civilized societies – build tomorrow based on what is there today and not on ‘what, why and how’ of past.
It is like the raging ‘tolerance Vs intolerance’ debate in India – a misplaced issue in an India that is poised to become a country of global stature with an elite presence in geopolitics and world affairs.
Who exploited whom, who grew at the cost of whom, who got this and who didn’t get that – a nation cannot grow if it keeps going back to such baggage from its past. India’s reality and India’s strength lie in India’s pluralistic society and diversified culture and if the country has to grow to become a true world power, it needs to keep that in mind.
The same concept applies to the issue of climate crisis the world is facing.
It doesn’t matter if most of it is due to the United States of America.
It doesn’t make any difference that the developed world and China have brought the whole planet on the verge of desperate ‘do or die’ measures to arrest global warming and climate change.
Because, if the low lying coastal areas and cities have to submerge (rising sea levels with increasing temperature due to global warming), it will be across the world and not just in America, Europe, China or other industrialized nations.
Because, if the world is increasingly facing erratic weather behaviour and freakish weather patterns and problems thereof, it is not just in India, but it is across the world – in Gulf countries, in America, in Europe, in Asia, in Africa and elsewhere.
Irrespective of the answerability of the so-called culprits of climate deterioration or irrespective of the debates around terms like ‘climate injustice’, the whole humanity faces imminent danger of changing weather patterns.
Irrespective of which countries brought the planet to this juncture of global warming, glaciers melting, rising sea levels, irregular rainfall patterns and floods, recurring drought spells and other unpredictable weather parameters, every country of the day is going to face nature’s wrath or is facing nature’s fury.
And we are running short of time to address the problem.
Let’s see if anything tangible comes out of COP21.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/