The 21st Paris Climate Summit is scheduled from November 30 to December 11. The 12-day conference aims at achieving legally binding and consensual agreement on the concerning issue of global warming. The world leaders face the challenge of bringing down the temperature of planet by 2 degree Celsius. The Western countries are likely to mount pressure on developing countries to compromise with their pace of development for the larger interest of the entire world. However, instead of playing the “You did a century ago” card, the third-world needs to accept the fact that there is a need more than ever to check the rising carbon emissions. Also Read - Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon Rises For First Time in Four Months, 50% Higher Than Previous Year
According to United States Secretary of State John Kerry, achieving a consensus with New Delhi on major points of the new climate agenda would be a “challenge”. India is a fast growing economy with a massive population of 1.25 billion people. Headed by a divisive government which believes in rampant industrialization to empower its youth, there are less chances that India would act upon the ambitious challenge of ‘Net Zero Carbon’ by 2030. (ALSO READ: Climate change creating tensions across the world: John Kerry) Also Read - Glaciers in Italy Covered With Giant White Sheets to Slow Melting Caused by Global Warming, Pictures Emerge
But the climatic conditions and the impact of global warming pose an existential threat to the sub-continental nation. The livelihood of 600 million Indians is threatened by the expected disruption of the southwest monsoon from July to September, which accounts for 70 per cent of India’s rainfall. Also Read - World Water Day Trends on Twitter As Netizens Pledge to Save Water Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Indian rivers depend on the health of thousands of Himalayan glaciers at risk of melting because of a warming climate, while 150 million people are at risk from storm surges associated with rising sea levels. A lot of damage is already inevitable, a consequence of the emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by richer countries. So, many Indians ask, why must we pay more? On what grounds can India be asked to temper its use of energy to limit its emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide?”
In order to preserve this planet, one must take John Kerry’s statements regarding the possible stubborn position shown by New Delhi in the upcoming Paris Climate Summit in the right perspective.