India must show responsible leadership and go out of its way to act as a pioneer in the fight against climate change since it has begun to affect our lives directly.
This is the agreement a group of 25 Sanskriti School students belonging to Classes 8 to 12 arrived at during a discussion on climate change held in the school on Monday.
Hindustan Times managing editor Samar Halarnkar interacted with the students and discussed various ways and means — such as recycling and reusing — to reduce the climate change impact.
Halarnkar also discussed on the official stand India must take in the Copenhagen Summit to be held in December in Denmark.
The session also brought to focus the two differing Indian points of view pertaining to emission cuts.
The general idea is that India shouldn’t agree to any emission cuts unless the developed countries agree to do the same.
The other view is India should show leadership and agree to the cuts.
“The discussion was very informative and it opened our minds to many things related to climate change which we were unaware of,” Aishwarya Shekhar, a Class 11 student, said.
Speaking about what she thought India’s stance should be at the Copenhagen summit, Shekhar said, “Our country is not so technologically advanced to cut down the emission rates. If we sign the treaty to cut down the emission rates than our economy will suffer.”
Aarushi Chandra, a student of Class 12 agreed.
“The developed countries should take the initiative and cut down their emission rates first rather than bullying developing nations to cut down emission. They are very powerful nations so they should act responsibly as well.”
Both Shekar and Chandra think one can contribute towards reducing the effects of global warming by adopting few things like using CFL bulbs and switching off lights and fans when they are not in use.
“The students are well aware about the issues related to climate change. Be it carbon credits, India’s stance on emission cuts or changes in the glacier. It was a delight to interact with them,” Halarnkar said.