Climate change conference in Copenhagen and Indian stand

Bella Center, Place of COP15

Bella Center, Copenhagen
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Climate Change Conference COP15 in Copenhagen


Indian leaders along with World leaders are meeting in Climate change conference COP15 in Bella center, Copenhagen of UN from today December 7, 2009. It is the biggest summit on climate change, global warming and other environment related issues. 192 countries across the globe are participating in this climate change conference.

Copenhagen is hosting this summit many years after the summit in Kyoto, Japan. Indian leaders had participated in Kyoto and now they are in Copenhagen. India is an important country this time as the Chief of the conference spelled out six months back in an interview.

Carbon emission and green house gases are major causes of concern in this conference. Carbon emission has been reaching to an alarming state and every Tom, Dick and Harry have started feeling the threat and heat of global warming. Ecosystem of the earth is really in danger. Temperature rising globally. Glaciers have started melting rising water levels of the seas and oceans.

Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen are discussing on these matters. Indian stand is unique and eye opening in COP 15, Copenhagen. Indian stand will be proved as mile stone in making Copenhagen Hopenhagen

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President Barack Obama walks during the  Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen and Indian stand

Indian stand on carbon emission


Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, has unilaterally declared cut in carbon emission by 20 to 25 percent. This will hopefully put pressure on the United States of America and other developed countries in European Union and other parts of the globe to announce major cuts in carbon emissions. It is a well known fact that developed country emits much more carbon that developing country like India.

India has not claimed any thing in return from the developed countries. It is to be noted that per capita carbon emission of India is much lesser than the United States of America and other industrialized countries.

The declaration has brought large scale debate with in India. Jairam Ramesh, the Minister concerned, is questioned in the Rajya Sabha (Upper house of the Indian Parliament) by the entire opposition. Even two of the main negotiators from India Mr. Dasgupta and Mr. Ghose denied to join the climate change conference in Copenhagen on the previous night of the COP 15. However, Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister negotiated with them and they were finally agreed to join, negotiate and put Indian stand in the conference.

Jairam Ramesh has clarified in the Rajya Sabha (Parliament) that India is not marching back from its previous agenda. He added that India will pursue with two of its most important agendas. Everybody knows that he is keen about environmental issues and cannot compromise on his agenda. The Indians can believe that he will put his agenda clearly and stand firmly in the conference with that agenda.

Indian expectations in Copenhagen

Climate change conference: Indian stand

Per capita carbon emission and Indian stand


India is pursuing with its main agenda of per capita carbon emission. There are vast differences in per capita carbon emissions among countries. Per capita carbon emissions by the developed countries are much more than that of developing countries. India is willing to abolish the gaps and is working for equity. No one should be allowed more of carbon emission and no one should have compromise for the less. It is expected that the countries will agree to narrow down the gap.

Developed countries are major culprits of carbon emissions that causes global warming and climate change and developing nations are the victims of that. This situation must not continue in democratic world, according to the Indian stand. Industrialized or developed countries have to cut their carbon emissions more than the developing countries to bring the equity, as per Indian agenda.

Carbon emission history


Invention of steam engine led Great Britain's industrial revolution in 18th century. Use of steam engines increased carbon emission. Other European countries and the US followed the industrialization process during 18th to 20th centuries. Most of the European Union countries along with the UK and United States of America are liable for carbon emissions in the past two centuries. Few other countries also started emitting more carbon while becoming developed nations.

They have contributed lion's share of carbon emission in the environment historically. According to India, they are liable for green house affect and economic and industrialization history tells the truth. Developing countries likes of China, Brazil, Vietnam and India have started their industrialization process few decades back and do not have a long history of major carbon and green house gases emissions. India wants a compensation by those countries who are liable for these emissions that causes global warming and climate change across the globe.

Climate change conference: Jairam Ramesh

Updates: Climate change conference in Copenhagen and Indian stand


Developed countries tried to impose their agenda in Climate change conference in Copenhagen over developing countries. Both India and China took strong stand against the agenda along with South Africa and some other developing countries.

They walked out of the climate change conference. This step put tremendous pressure on the developed countries. Conference was adjourned for some time. It is absolutely necessary for the rich, industrialized and developed countries to hear the developing countries to make Copenhagen Hopenhagen.

Jairam Ramesh, Environment minister, India has categorically informed the climate change conference that all drafts and texts must be completed by today night i.e. December, 15, 2009. Head of the nations must not discuss on petty things like this. They must be involved in larger issues like political will and final statements etc.

BRIC countries are playing their ball well. Climate change conference will be entering in its final round tonight when head of the nations will join the conference. Let us hope for the best.

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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

WE suffer due to climate change. Some countries that contribute to the fund to mitigate climate change have appended a side agenda. For example, Spain. Attached to its funding of awareness campaigns and research it wants the revival of the teaching of Spanish language in schools. We have abolished the teaching of Spanish language long time ago, in 1970. The mandatory teaching of Spanish in college was a carry over from the Spanish colonial regime that exploited the Philippines for 300 years.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi,

India will surely pursue its agenda placed in Copenhagen. Rich countries will surely try to damage environment in order to satisfy their greed promoting industries. However, it will be better if they will do this in environment friendly way.

Jyoti Kothari


Darshan 6 years ago

Hi,

India has to pursue its agenda otherwise rich nations will work other way.

Thanks.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Jwestcattle,

You have quoted some portion of my article and also quoted some from one of the fellow hubbers. I have nothing to do or unable to comment on others article. However, I can write responsibly that India is not much accountable for global warming. Industrialized and developed countries have been emitting much more green house gases than India or other developing countries.

I do not support Beef production personally and support vegetarianism. Cow slaughter is banned in many of the Indian states including my state Rajasthan.

Your quote is not producing right data as your quote says "17.09, 7.47, and 5.12, respectively; or 59% of the Global Total" The total is less than 30 percent not 59 percent. A primary level student can calculate this and find an error.

More over you have not quoted Indian volume while referring to a hub about India?

And it is to be noted that Indian population is four times to that of the US.

Thanks for commenting,despite my disagreement with your comment.

Jyoti Kothari


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JWestCattle 6 years ago from Texas

Quotes from this Hub Author: "This will hopefully put pressure on the United States of America and other developed countries in European Union and other parts of the globe to announce major cuts in carbon emissions."

"India has not claimed any thing in return from the developed countries. It is to be noted that per capita carbon emission of India is much lesser than the United States of America and other industrialized countries."

Quote from Malicdem: "Developing countries like India and my country, the Philippines, are contributing lesser carbon emissions that result to global warming, and yet these countries throw in the towel for a global support by cutting the rate of their relatively small guilt."

Small Guilt? "Methane emissions from “enteric fermentation”, or basically belching, by a ruminating beef animal has an estimated global total of 50.16 million tonnes of CH4 per year."

"North American beef cattle production only accounts for 3.85 (7.6%) of that global total. Central and South America, Sub-Sahara Africa, and China have the honor of taking first, second and third place with 17.09, 7.47, and 5.12, respectively; or 59% of the Global Total." And India is in FOURTH PLACE.

Yet, it is the beef cattle farmer in the USA that is supposed to set an example and have their land managed by the American EPA? and convert to a Vegan diet? and witness the Demise of the small Beef Cattle Farmer in our culture?


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

Developing countries like India and my country, the Philippines, are contributing lesser carbon emissions that result to global warming, and yet these countries throw in the towel for a global support by cutting the rate of their relatively small guilt.

This Indian challenge must be viewed as a courageous act by the rich countries who must be the first to initiate a full scale reduction. Very exhaustive and informative hub. Thank you for sharing.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Surendra Bothara,

You have rightly commented that India has thrown a challenge by declaring emission cuts unilaterally.

However, rich countries will not likely to take the challenge.

Thanks,

Jyoti Kothari


Surendra Bothara 6 years ago from Jaipur

Jyoti,

India has thrown a challenge to developed and rich countries. Wait and see.

Nice article. thumbs up!

Surendra


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is a timely written hub enlightens every body particularly the Indians in regards to green house effect and views. By the time I also wrote an article on the same topic which would be seen shortly. May I request you to look to that where you would suggest your valuable write-up in the form comment? Thanks.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Praveen,

Thanks for your comment. It will add value to the hub. Carbon emissions cut will not necessarily slow down economy of India. It may open new opportunities.

It is indeed true that India is not a rich nor a developed country. However, it is growing at very fast pace and everybody in the world have an eye on India.

India has shown the path and America will likely follow that.

Days has gone when India had to follow Europe and America.

Jyoti Kothari


Praveen 6 years ago

Hi Jyoti,

I have seen debate in a Tv show. I do not think that the announcement by India in Copenhagen will benefit India. India is not a rich nor developed country.

Carbon emissions cut will slow down its development, hence economy.

Thanks for a good hub. Thumbs up!

Praveen

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