Earth First, Profits Later

Climate change, or to be precise, the synthetic climate change has become one of the most disastrous wiles deforming human efforts and public policies in the whole world. Progress today is not possible without addressing the climatic change issues. With the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, there are floods, droughts and continuous rainfall taking place in many parts of the world.

Parts of Britain and China have been struck by hurricanes and other natural disasters. All this has been due to the complete negligence towards climatic change. The negligence has been majorly contributed by the rich countries of the world such as U.S.A which has failed to honour the climatic pledge. Developing countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa contribute less towards emissions whereas it is the developed countries like U.S.A, China, Canada which contribute maximum to the world pollution. Due to the massive use of technology and industrialization there has been an increase in the greenhouse gas emissions leading to climatic change.

All this has led to global warming which takes place due to warming of the near-surface global temperatures further leading to melting of ice in the polar regions. Climatic change though is a contribution of the world’s richest countries but its adverse effects are not just confined to such countries. Let us not forget the recent floods in Bihar and Rajasthan which have take so many lives. Life out there is just a matter of some feets above the ground. There has not been adequate relief and rescue operations for the victims. Count the number of food packets as compared to the percentage of the people suffered and one can know the reality.

After all this suffering and loss, it is important to take measures regarding environmental issues. By concentrating on the human contribution to the climatic change we can surely make economic progress. A wealthy economy would ensure a higher quality of environment. Let us look into the measures that must be taken to save humanity. We need infrastructure that can handle the current state of weather, climate proof electric grid and proper drainage and sewage systems. Most importantly, as far as India’s condition is concerned it is important to connect the rivers of the country and utilize the water rather than waiting for the floods to strike every now and then. Now that the climatic change has reached its zenith, it is better we prepare ourselves for its after-effects. There is no point debating as to how to stop climatic change as that is something impossible. With the amount of progress we require, it is not possible to balance the environmental change. Therefore, our major concern should be the coping measures. As far as the recent Kyoto Protocol or the G8 summit is concerned, rich countries have just criticized it whereas countries like India have discarded the summit. This is because if India will promise to control its gas emissions in today’s time, it will have to face decline in its GDP growth that would effect the economic development of the country.

Now the major concern lies with the developed countries thought that doesn’t refrain other countries from contributing but a major responsibility lies with the richest of the countries.
Our priorities lie in keeping a check on the costs of such proposals and paying attention to every minute thing that can effect the environment by any chance. Anti climate change policies can even work irrespective of developed or developing countries. Artificial limits and regulation must be avoided as such lead adverse effects on the developing countries. Therefore stringent laws should be enforced along with other upliftment programmes. The honest duty of developed countries to the developing countries is to create such an environment which guarantees free exchange of goods, services, utilization of comparative advantages of individual countries and thus stimulate economic development of the less developed countries. Thus, mankind’s contribution to climatic change, the need of the hour is actually the need of the developing as well as developed countries.

Shelly Mahajan

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