U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry’s visit has prompted a review of India’s long-term policy course ahead of the leaders’ summit convened by President Joe Biden later this month on climate change.
The U.S.’ Special Presidential envoy to combat climate change is visiting and it seems that he inspired some serious changes in our policies regarding environmental issues before meeting with other world leaders at an upcoming event.
India, with its large population and top five rankings in CO2 emissions globally, is a study of contrasts. Too many smaller countries hit the hardest by climate change such as island nations affected by intense storms or those who have lost farm productivity to drought caused heatwaves linked to their changing climates, India’s total annual emissions contribute greatly. It is unsurprising then that there are growing calls for India not only to commit itself on net zero emissions but also balance its economic growth with environmental protection measures so they can be sustainable.
For a long time, the United States has been one of two countries who had not signed on to an agreement that would set goals for future emissions. That all changed after President Trump announced his withdrawal from any such agreements in 2017; however, Secretary John Kerry recently met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reaffirmed their dedication to come together as partners in order to reduce carbon emissions by 2030.
The U.S., the U.K, Europe and other developed countries who have used up most of the world’s carbon budget must give more to developing nations and help them transition away from fossil fuels if we want to avoid climate change catastrophe.
Forest cover in India is constantly decreasing due to the country’s negligence. There are signs that COVID-19 may be over by now, but even if it isn’t, we can’t afford for this pandemic to keep going on with no environmental regulations and such ignorance towards global warming as a result of our deforestation projects. This month saw an alarming spike in air pollution levels because coal plants were given more leniency when implementing stricter emissions standards while also diluting norms all together so there would be less regulation overall – which has had severe consequences not only nationally but globally too.
The UN Convention on Climate Change is this year and the Indian government needs to come up with a climate plan that will help their citizens understand how they can adapt in order to be sustainable. The goal for each sector of society should also be specified, so there are no surprises when it comes time to achieve these goals.
By creating taxes on luxury emissions, countries can effectively send out a convincing message about their commitment to be environmentally responsible and help finance green development.