Noble laureate and Chairman of the UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R K Pachauri on Thursday invited Himachal Pradesh to join the Global Union of Mountain States to form a common voice on issues of sustainable development and fighting climate change. While advocating immediate need to formulate new strategies and take collective measures to face the new challenges,Pachauri said climate changes are bound to cause serious impact across the globe.
The fourth report of the IPCC has assessed global warming by 1.5 to 2.5 degree Celsius,which threatens existence of 20 to 30 per cent of the living species,including human beings. There is a chance of outbreak of new diseases too (due to climate change), he said.
Stating that the idea of constituting a Trans-Himalayan Development Authority was mooted in 2001 when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the prime minister,he said the Himachal Pradeshs initiative to form a group of Himalayan states was a welcome move. The recent conclave of Himalayan chief ministers could be replicated at global level if the state joins Global Union of Mountain States,he said.
Pahauri also laid stress on reorientation of the thinking process for sustainable development. The mountain states offer enormous opportunities to redraw their strategies for green growth and economic development without causing any harm to the environment.
Endorsing Pachauris views,Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal detailed the initiatives taken by the state on environment protection.
Chief secretary Rajwant Sandhu stressed on the need to harvest rain water.