Early this month, top-notch
ministers from 90 countries met in Montreal, Canada. They spent a fortnight there trying
to persuade each other to cut down the use of fos-sil fuels oil, coal, petroleum.
In a bid to ensure that less and less of carbon di oxide (Co2)is spewed into atmosphere.
And the world watched as they bickered and fought. Why? Because what we do in our own
country decides the fate of the rest of the planet. Because we humans have managed to
pollute the atmosphere so severely, that natures delicately-balanced climate system
has gone completely haywire.
Sounds too far-fetched? Not really. In fact, if I tell you that the mood in the
Montreal meet may play a crucial role in making the glaciers in Greenland vanish, I will
not be very far off the mark. The bad news is that the situation is becoming worse. As per
the Montreal bulletins, the Co2 level in the atmosphere is now higher than at any time
in the past 650,000 years!!! And the worlds two biggest Co2 emitters, the US and
Australia, walked out of the meeting, refusing to commit to carbon cuts.
Some drastic stock taking has to be done right? Gobar Times plans to
begin by understanding the intricate links in the climate chain better. By getting the
facts right. Stay with us.