Whose fault is climate change?

Whose fault is climate change?

Whose fault is climate change?

Our climate system is collapsing and the international negotiations in Paris, to be held in December 2015, still hold out the best promise for change. The 21st conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, 2015 Paris Climate Change Summit, to be held in December in Peru is expected to formulate an effective global climate change agreement to address the equity issue, ensuring that each country contributes on an equitable basis to both reducing emissions and providing finance.

During Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the USA in September,2014 it was speculated that India would soften its stance on the common but differentiated responsibilities of developed countries towards climate change mitigation efforts, but the IPCC confirms that our position remains firm. The first world’s agreement to provide technical and financial assistance to the developing world to help them implement climate change adaptation and mitigation plans is what the developing countries look up to during the meet. India is the face to the developing and least developed countries and a step-down on the stand will affect the least developed nations severely.

The developed nations refused to agree to compensate towards climate change induced disasters to which the developing countries walked out at the UNFCCC meeting last year. In the Copenhagen summit held in 2009, the developed countries pressurized the developing countries to limit their emissions, formulate and implement adaptation measures(financially and technically), which they are not bound to. The developing nations, prioritize the need to identify adaptation measures more than the mitigation strategies, being at the receiving end, refused to go by the demands. India, along with other developing countries, has been insisting that the developed world first honor promises over critical issues such as financial aid and technology transfer.

The upcoming talks in Peru are critical since, during the next Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2015 in Paris, all the signatories, including India, are expected to arrive at a binding and universal agreement on climate change efforts. The meeting is expected to identify what’s called a ‘bottom up’ approach, where countries determine what they are going to do, mixed with a set of legal requirements imposed by the UN as a potential match-winner.

In the summit, India plans to stands to its projected emissions cut and might think of increasing the emission limits. The climate science as reiterated in the most recent IPCC report is clear: we are overheating the planet. The scale of global political change required to stabilize the climate is extremely challenging and needs to be a focus of all governments across the world in order to achieve a fair and effective climate agreement in Paris in 2015.

The extent of industrialization in the developed countries has brought economic prosperity to them. They owe historic responsibilities towards environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation measures to the damage that has been caused to the environment. The developing economies of the world are putting their best foot forward towards environmental conservation measures but the technological and financial assistance must be shared by the developed ones.

By – Prachi Kathuria

Programme Manager – Environment

Fiinovation| www.fiinovation.co.in


One thought on “Whose fault is climate change?

  1. Greeting from http://sedamanipur.pirengo.org

    On behalf of our ourganization would like to draw your kind attention regarding the above requested subject.

    In the matter of fact,we are promoting Renewable Energy like rural electrification where there is no electricity access in Manipur. The following facts for your kind attention for funding if you possible.


    We at *SEDAMANIPUR*, *The Socio-Economic Development Association *seek to raise economic, social, education and cultural infrastructure of village irrespective of age, sex, rank, nationality, cast and creed. SEDA was established by educated and committed entrepreneurs and registered under the Society’s Registration Act in 1984 for the development of unprivileged community through training, education and capacity building. Based at Manipur which is one of the North-Eastern states of India, SEDA is dedicated to promote economic status, education and health of the needy. Manipur, the extreme north-eastern state of India, is deprived of electricity. The absence of electricity is one of the major reasons for the backwardness of the region as it hampers the growth of trade and commerce, industries, healthcare system and education. Life without electricity is cumbersome in Manipur.

    SEDA Manipur is taking steps for bringing light to the remote villages where there is no Electricity in Manipur.

    *Manipur- *A region, remote and forgotten, a region in darkness*, *an isolated and ignored north-eastern state of India*.*

    *An effort to help them have a better stand in life! Electricity can power up their life too!*

    *Hours of darkness: 18-20 Hrs power cut each day. 200 minutes power supply per day only! 98% Manipuri in dark.*

    Most neglected power supply in the Country.

    Power produced by State owned power station is negligible & remains inoperative due to high cost of maintenance.

    Majorly outsourced from other neighbouring states mainly West Bengal.

    This purchased power has its own shortcomings:

    Loss due to theft.

    Loss in distribution & transmission.

    Less than half of the power reaches the ultimate


    1. Children can’t study in dark.

    2. Parents can’t afford the minimum School fees.

    3. Low attendance & high School dropout.

    Industrial Production:

    1. Offsets production

    2. Financial loss to industries

    3. Zero contribution to GDP

    4. Industrial sickness

    5. Limited source of revenue

    6. Lower per capita income due to industrial sickness.

    7. Unemployment

    8. Leads to Poverty.

    In fact, lack of electricity is one of the major causes of industrial sickness in the region. Apart from all these one major aspect which lack of electricity hits is*EDUCATION..! *This is why it is quite obvious why *Manipur *is a state with *Highest School Drop-Out Rate *in India.

    School Dropout rates in Manipur- India

    Class- I – V: India- 36.3% , Manipur- 64.5%

    Class- I- VII: India- 52.7%, Manipur- 70.6%

    Class – I- X: India 68.6%, Manipur- 71.5%

    In the absence of electricity, the schools remain close, pushing the future in dark… for a simple equation which holds true… EDUCATION = FUTURE. Moreover, with its unique geographical condition it is difficult and expensive for other sources of electricity to reach Manipur that easily… but SUN is everywhere!

    Yes, Solar Power mini-grids is the solution. So, here we are…. Just a small step to brighten up the future of young learners…. Under our project “ MY SOLAR INDIA”.

    Partner Agencies:

    1. Visionary Lighting & Energy Pvt. Ltd. – Hyderabad.

    2. Watt a Village- New Delhi

    3. Firewood Smart Green Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon- New Delhi

    4. SunkalpEnergy and Give Sun- New Delhi.


    The project aims at building a clean and sustainable energy infrastructure in the villages to make the village people self –sufficient. The project objectives as follows:

    a. To create a successful sustainable development by providing and promoting rural livelihoods.

    b. To develop rural entrepreneurs and enable energy access for all.

    c. Non-political and no religious model Project.

    d. Without cast and class barrier

    e. Fight against Darkness.

    f. To partner with other like-minded organizations, individuals, bodies, educate and train them, which will help in quick expansion and targeting remote villages.

    g. Providing clean energy at affordable prices.

    h. Optimum energy usage.

    PROJECT GOAL: Accessing light /power through solar PV mini-grids/ PV micro-grids where there is no Electricity access in the remote villages.

    SEDA is promoting Solar PV lighting/solar micro grids in off grid villages where there is no electricity access. It focuses on electrifying villages with renewable Energy solutions. At the same time, we focus on promoting solar training for sales and solar servicing centres in rural area who will be handling the implemented projects. The concept seeks to enhance livelihoods at the grassroots level which leads to sustainable development.

    JUSTIFICATION: Eradicate the use of pollutant kerosene, candle by providing solar PV Panel/ solar power for 6-7 hours of CFL lighting per Day. The prices of electricity p/m will be affordable/decrease to the village people as they will only for operating costs. The system will be designed in a way that it will encourage the use of renewable energy resource and also limit the usage owing to limited supply of the system. The villagers will be educated to avoid misuse and wastage of energy. The system will provide electricity in night hours and hence giving more hours to children for studying. The system will provide power to run sockets for 7 hours of mobile charging daily and hence enabling the use of technology to improve livelihood activities such as agriculture. Making a provision for running a TV set, computer for per house hold which will provide them with entertainment, updating them new and information on different practices etc.

    Kindly follow the link: http://givesun.com/manipur

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Inaobi Sagolsem


    Website: http://sedamanipur.pirengo.org




    Skype: Seda.Manipur

    Tel: 03848 222120


    E-mail: sedamanipur@gmail.com


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