It's high time we start thinkg about saving ourselves

Sunday, June 8, 2008

An inconvenient truth of climate crisis has already told us whether the planet earth has betrayed mankind or the mankind has betrayed planet earth. Unchecked anthropogenic activities have taken us to a point where every country is pointing at every other country to take (or at least share) the responsibility for the collective mess we have created over the last century and half. Its high time that, every country should ask not what every other country has done for the cause of climate crisis, but should ask itself what it has done (or what it has to do) for avoiding terrible consequences of climate crisis.

Well, of late, Global warming and Climate Crisis have become buzzwords for environmental talk. Here are some of the interesting things which I came across while reading about Climate Crisis. Hopefully, will write a detailed article about it soon :)

  1. The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes.

  2. "From 1850 to 2000, which would correspond to the period of accelerated industrialization in the developed world, the United States has been responsible for 30%, the EU-25 nations for 27.2%, China with 7.3% and India with 2% of the cumulative CO2 emmissions."
  3. United States is the only big boss refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol, which insists that the developing countries should reduce their green house gas emmissions by a collective average of 5.2% below their 1990 levels by the year 2012. United states argue that, the rest of the world (especially the developing countries, specifically pointing towards India and China) should also share the burden of climate crisis while being completely aware of the fact that it (US) is responsible (to a greater extent) for today's much 'warmer' habitat of mankind.
  4. In December 2007 Bali Conference, United states was humiliated by Kevin Conrad from a tiny independent state Papua New Guinea. Kevin Conard asked US, "We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.", What happened next? "The conference exploded with applause, the U.S. delegation backed down, and the way was cleared for adoption of the “Bali road map” after a dramatic half-hour that set the stage for a grinding two years of climate talks to come."[source]
  5. UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conferences have been charecterised by intense negotiations and multiple constraints of national interest. In one of the conferences, "US made a statement that, American lifestyle is not for negotiation, Canada's insistence that it needs additional fossil fuels for heating, Saudi Arabia's demand that it should not be unfairly penalised for dependence on oil exports, and India's declaration that its development needs come first [EPW, December 29, 2007]."
  6. An inconvenient truth - Trailer

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