There was some hard talk from Saif-ud-Din Soz, Water Resources Minister, for preachers of how developed countries should cope with impacts of climate change. It was India, China and G-7 nations that took leadership initiative on climate change and not richer countries, he said on Thursday.
At the fag end of the session on water at DSDS 2007, Soz sought permission of the chair to clarify India’s ‘global standing’ on climate change. "Nicolas Stern (of UK) and David Miliband (British Environment Minister) has been giving us advice to us on impacts of global change. I am not annoyed with them. I want to say that they should first own responsibility for the climate change and we will do what we have to do when we reached the developed stage. It was India that took leadership initiative in 1997 resulting," he said, aggressively.
They should know, he said, that India has to fight poverty, literacy and providing basic facilities to all the citizens. "It would require a gigantic effort and we have to do it," he asserted. But India has not lagged on fighting environment concerns. "We have the biggest fleet of CNG buses in Asia running in Delhi," he said.
Soz was apparently stirred by comments of Stern and Miliband that the richer countries can pay for mitigating climate change impact in the developing world. "We don’t need your money. We just want your appreciation," was what Sox demanded from the richer countries.
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