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Coal, COP27 And Climate Justice: Why India Is More A Victim Of Climate Change Than The Perpetrator

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Coal, COP27 And Climate Justice: Why India Is More A Victim Of Climate Change Than The Perpetrator

India is at a crossroads in terms of energy consumption and renewable forms of energy. India’s priorities should be climate change adaptation measures, not mitigation.

Hindrance or solution?: Wind turbines in Tamil Nadu Photo: Getty Images

On November 14, when India submitted its long-term low emission development strategy at the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, an Indian government statement described the strategy as “the practical implementation of India’s call for climate justice.”

The country made four specific points during the climate conference. First, it needs more energy to achieve energy security and meet the needs of economic growth. Second, to what extent the country manages to take a low carbon path depends significantly on getting international financial support. Third, India has actually contributed very little to global warming as of now and, therefore, has little responsibility towards mitigation. And fourth, developed countries historically responsible for global warming are not doing what they promised.

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