Hijacking of the Environmental movement.
Posted 26th November 2009 at 09:47 PM by Dr. L. Ramakrishnan
I am writing this from Seoul, South Korea. I was invited to speak at the International Symposium on Green Technology by Korean Knowledge Evaluation Institute of Technology (KEIT), an institution under the Korean Department of Knowledge Evaluation, on 25 November, 2009. I am impressed with the way the Symposium was organized; my speech was on 25 November, 2009 and there were 11 more speakers apart from me and the key note speaker, from all over the world. What I found was that most of the speakers focussed on Climate Change and energy conservation, renewable energy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. I would estimate that 80 % of the focus was on green energy and the like. On 26 November, 2009, our hosts took us around to show us the efforts of the Korean government towards a greener future; again the emphasis was on climate change and carbon emission reduction. It is possible that this bias is brought out by the forthcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December, 2009. TO me it looked like that the "Climate Change" guys had hijacked the environmental movement...as if there is no "hazardous substance issue", "waste issue", "bio-diversity issue", "water issue", "air issue" "eco-efficiency issue" etc. Am I alone in thinking so ?....are there others who think the same way ?..Please don't mistake me; Climate Change is an important issue.....but others also are equally, if not more, important. I believe some sort of balancing among various issues affecting us is more important than hyping on one issue because it is popular (and also can bring in funds) now. What is your opinion?
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