‘It’s a Slap on the Face for Small Nations, Win for Rich Countries’

Published: 15th December 2014 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th December 2014 06:01 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: The UN deal is a no deal. It’s just a slap on the face of island and developing nations and a victory to the rich ones, feels environmental activist Nityanand Jayaraman.  

There is no legal binding for the $100 billion finance and technology that is to be provided developed nations, for adaptability, loss and damage, though all this was mentioned in the clause last year, says Jayaraman while speaking to Express.

“The deal does not specify any clear cut responsibility for rich countries, which are responsible for the maximum carbon emissions, and are leading the world into a crisis. But now, all of them are pin-pointing their fingers at the developing nations,” he points out. The activist — who has campaigned extensively against the Koodankulam power plant — however, feels that a carbon neutral or carbon-lite environment is no solution and it will not prevent damage in some form or the other.

India, he says, has been asked to develop within a certified carbon space. “How is it possible for any developing country to grow without getting their fair carbon space? Countries like Fiji and Tuwalu are likely to disappear, and the reason will be development in the West. Don’t these rich nations have any obligation towards them?” he asks. Jayaraman also points out how the deal is unclear in most aspects and calls for a radical change.

“It is good sign that India and China put their foot down and fought reasonably and managed to maintain the language of Community Based Differentiated Responsibility. But this term has been retained in vague terms for long. This talk will go down history as a washout and will be watered down with many dealings and no solution.”

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