Don’t blame us for carbon emissions: India

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar underlined that the problem of carbon emission has not been created by the developing nations.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2014 5:43 pm
India said developing countries like it have "a right to grow" and in the process "our net emission(carbon) may increase." (Reuters) India said developing countries like it have “a right to grow” and in the process “our net emission(carbon) may increase.” (Reuters)

Sending out a signal to the developed world on the issue of climate change, India today said developing countries like it have “a right to grow” and in the process “our net emission may increase.”

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar underlined that the problem of carbon emission has not been created by the developing nations and hence responsibility for addressing it should not be solely put on them.

“We have to reduce our carbon emissions. But I have not created the carbon emisssion problems, which have been done by others. But I am not into any blame game. The issue is that I have a right to grow. India and developing countries have right to grow. These are the emerging economies,” the Minister said while addressing a function here.

His statement assumes significance in the light of a meeting of ‘governments, leaders from finance, business, local government and civil society’ in New York in September this year to “bring bold and new announcements and action” to keep the earth below the globally agreed two degree temperature rise.

Noting that poverty is an “environmental disaster”, Javadekar said “unless we tackle poverty, unless we eradicate poverty, we cannot really address the climate change.”

“To that end, we need to grow. Our net emission may increase,” he said while speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of “World Day to Combat Desertification” organised by the Environment Ministry and Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education.

The statement is expected to further strengthen the BASIC group of nations on climate — a bloc of four biggest emerging countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – formed in November 2009.

The new government’s announcement came amid criticism that developing countries have lost out on all the key areas of UN climate change negotiations at Warsaw last year.

After the Warsaw Conference, Green NGOs and civil society groups had alleged that the developed nations managed to shift the burden of reducing emissions on to the emerging economies like India and China.

Warsaw had also witnessed developed countries like Australia reneging on their emissions reduction commitments made under the Cancun Agreement and their promise of delivering USD 100 billion Green Climate Fund per year by 2020 remains a distant dream.

Recognising the importance of global warming, Modi government has given a new nomenclature to the Environment and Forests Ministry –the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

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  1. R
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm
    true and bold comment
  2. N
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm
    Yes, Developing nations need to make such bold statements.This is not the sole responsibility of certain nations.Developed nations has to take initiative and contribute in solving the issue instead of putting all the burden on the under developed nations.
  3. G
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    In absolute terms, developed nations- US, European countries etc. are creating more pollution, and shipping their refuse to less-developed nations.The world is not going to bear the cost of their comforts.
  4. I
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm
    Well saidd mr.javadekar
  5. S
    Jun 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm
    We do t need clean air. We will somehow survive and it is not very important to survive.
  6. K
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    that's a spirit........ at last someone talked hard to other countries.
  7. J
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm
    The Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar is correct.Let those countries who have created the problem of global warming pay for it.The USA is making BP pay billions of dollars in compensation for the oil spill near the coast.The industrialized nations have been polluting the atmosphere for over 100 years.They caused the problems. It stands to reason they must pay to clean up their mess.Do not blame other countries who are attempting to get their people out of poverty.
  8. N
    Jun 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm
    Also, check out "carbon emissions per capita" - that should be used as means for countries to control emissions.
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