At what point does climate change become an important topic for us as a nation to discuss?
And at what point ado we collectively start questioning the government regarding their climate change ideologies?
In a recent press conference, finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced that the central government will be cutting off tie and findings to five premier environmental-wildlife-forest institutions currently under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC). The disengagement plan, proposed by the Ministry of Expenditure (under the finance ministry), will affect the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun; Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal; Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute, Bengaluru; CPR Environmental Education Centre, Chennai; and Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad India has always been a nation where climate change has somehow always fallen at the bottom of the ‘importance totem-pole’. It is coherent at some level, seeing as to we have other socio-economic issues to tackle. From having one of the worst possible positions in the world hunger and happiness index, to rampant vote bank politics, India has complications that are far and many. But there needs to come a point where we start discussing climate change with the utmost level of attention that we can provide. We do not stand at a position where can take climate change lightly. India is the world’s fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases (the collection of gases including CO2 which cause climate change). India has seven of the top ten most polluted cities in the world[xv] and it is one of the most water-stressed countries – its major cities are already running out of water.But it is not the government who is truly at fault here. The Indian masses, do not believe in its essence that climate change is a fight worth fighting. This dilemma stems solely from the general public simply being unaware and uneducated regarding the gravity and severity of what climate change could result in. And till the point one knows about the consequences of a situation, they will not find passion to fix it. Our current narrative of piling blame on bureaucrats and politicians is unhelpful, we need to examine our role in propagating the prevailing social contract
Secondly, India has had governments which only start caring an climate change when other countries, the United Nations or other such large environmentalist groups pressurise them into making significant changes to their greenhouse gas emissions. In September 2014, the then newly-elected PM nonchalantly brushed aside a question on climate change during a Q&A session with school children claiming that it wasn’t climate that had changed but rather our ability to deal with climate. But again, when India receives external pressure, it trips head over heels into proving its love for nature. The same was with the Modi government. international geopolitics and current economic trends have made the government position itself as a responsible player in the global environmental regime in the recent past. India’s “traditions of sustainable lifestyles” has been repeated frequently by several ministers including the PM. Things like the The Paris Agreement as a whole was arguably a missed opportunity, but India’s intended contributions (based largely on the previous government’s plans) earned international praise for its ambitious contributions including large investments in renewable energy, afforestation and a plan to cut emission intensity of productive activity. But still Modi has been the only ray of hope when it comes to climate change importance in India. I’m during his address to the U.N regarding climate change, he said “The world needs to act now” if we want to save our planet, adding to that “need, not greed” has been India’s guiding principle when it comes to the environment.“So India has come with more than words, we have come with a strategy and a roadmap. We believe that an ounce of practice is worth more than a tonne of preaching,” he said. But this recent move of cutting fundings from 5 major environmental groups is the polar opposite of his own statements. Is this a desperate attempt to aid the economy? Or just another curveball That prime minister Modi has thrown at us.

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