As Copenhagen gets off the ground, many across the world are finding new meeting grounds. The Nepal cabinet has chosen the lofty elevation of 18,192 feet in the Himalayan range to hold a meet — following the opposite altitude that the Maldivian cabinet took when it dived to the ocean floor for a conference last month. The purpose of taking such high and low grounds is to draw attention to the perils of climate change from melting glaciers (for Nepal) to rising sea levels (for the Maldives). So, can we, as the big wheel around these parts, be left out?
In India’s case, we’re spoilt for choice. If it’s mountains, well, there is no dearth of high places. If forests are your fancy, what better place than a meeting in Maoist-infested woods? If we want to really highlight the environment, a Cabinet natter in the Union Carbide factory could show the world that we are not put off by a bit of toxic shock. Or move to the banks of the Yamuna where the river foaming with chemicals languidly trickles past.
India should show the world that even with our environment falling apart, we can cock a snook at those with their snouts in the trough at Copenhagen. We editorial writers, too, are considering moving to a vantage point from which to bring you our gems highlighting our concerns that should be yours too. We’d prefer the Bahamas or somewhere on the Mediterranean coast line.