“We need to take care of the environment while developing… (there’s) no use (doing it) after we have developed,” said Tanaya Lal.
Pranav Gupta countered by siding with technology. “We need technology. So development first and then we can go for emission cuts.”
Shubhankar Chaudhry was against following international norms on emission cut. “There should be domestic targets and no compulsion to follow international norms,” he said.
The discussion was taking place at an interactive session for students of class VIII, IX and XI from DPS, Mathura Road, with Hindustan Times Editor-at-Large Samar Halarnkar under the ‘Save Our Planet’ campaign on Wednesday.
Halarnkar spoke about what individuals can do to bring in the much desired change and what the government needs to do ahead of the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.
“What has happened over the last 3-4 days ahead of the Copenhagen Summit?” asked Halarnkar, to which class XI student Abhinav Vats promptly explained how China has declared 40-45 per cent emission cuts followed by Brazil, etc.
“That is not emission cut but actually change in emission intensity,” corrected Halarnkar and went on to explain the “politics of climate change”.
Talking about carbon credits, he said its trading market was pegged at Rs 23,500 crore. “It is the fastest growing sector in India,” said Halarnkar and informed how Kerala was going to be the first state to convert to CFL lamps and get carbon credits in lieu of it.