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A first: Children to be part of India’s climate change team

To portray India’s “high awareness about climate change”, the environment and forest ministry has decided to take teenagers, as part of the delegation, for global negotiations on climate change, starting from December 7 in Copenhegan, Denmark.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2009 00:03 IST
Chetan Chauhan

To portray India’s “high awareness about climate change”, the environment and forest ministry has decided to take teenagers, as part of the delegation, for global negotiations on climate change, starting from December 7 in Copenhegan, Denmark.

The teenagers will tell the world leaders about India’s stand on climate change.

“Normally, officials constitute a government delegation. To show that there is high awareness about climate change… we have take decided to make them (teenagers) part of the official delegation,” Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh told Delhi’s school children on the occasion of World Ozone Day on Tuesday.

India will be the first country to take teenagers as part of their delegation.

A United Nations global survey report has found that India is fourth among countries that are most aware about climate change. Its citizens, however, have little knowledge on how to reduce emissions, the report adds.

The ministry will conduct a nation-wide competition to select four teenagers (two from schools and two from colleges) who have adept knowledge on climate change and its implications.

“They (the teenagers) will speak... on what India is doing to fight climate change,” Ramesh said.

India is the world’s fifth largest green house gas emitter. By 2015, we could be the world’s third largest emitter after China and US.

On the Copenhagen negotiations, Ramesh said India would like a Montreal Protocol-like agreement on ‘common but differentiated respnsibility’’, where India had received US $ 300 billion to phase out ozone depleting substances. Under the protocol, rich countries compensate countries like India to end use of ozone depleting substances.