Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The UN climate summit reveals India's hypocrisy on saving forests

Published in the Guardian Environment Blog on 26 Sept 2014

A flower grows close to a thermal power plant on the outskirts of Nagpur.
Photograph: Arko Datta/Reuters
At the UN climate change summit in New York on Tuesday, Javadekar is reported to have said: “The moral principle of historic responsibility [those countries which have historically emitted the most] cannot be washed away.”
But while he champions historic responsibility abroad, he’s an instrument of eroding historic justice at home.
Earlier this month, Javadekar stated the government would amend the act so it would not be mandatory any more to seek forest people’s consent. So much for historic justice.

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