ISSN: 2250-2777

India at Copenhagen: Things Fall Apart Leading to a Gloomy Future: Yet, a Ray of Hope Exists
Author(s): Kavita Kachhwaha, Student, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, India.

“The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril…Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world… It is in our hands whether our children and their children inherit the same.”Climate change is a global problem challenging the wisdom of humankind and demanding an ambitious global response. It emerged on the international scenario in 1988 in Toronto. The saga of Copenhagen began in 2007. The negotiating process on the Bali track was to successfully conclude at CoP-15. However, it ended with a non-binding “accord” hammered out by a small group of countries including the world’s two biggest GHG polluters, China and the US. The political agreement was simply “noted” by governments, not “adopted”. It reflects that polluters will not reduce and will not pay! In this backdrop, this paper aims at evaluating the Copenhagen accord and assessing India’s stand at Copenhagen. It also highlights the need of Copenhagen for our country and the expectations of India from it, in order to analyze why India must act now. Appreciating the optimistic outlook of India, it concludes with fruitful suggestions for national and international level for achieving the inevitable goal of inter-generational equity.

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