Climate Change Awareness

News reports say that Asian airlines and tourist firms are not concerned about climate change awareness or its consequences as much as western airlines are.

This view emerged during the conference of Pacific and Asia Travel Association (PATA) conference on the topic, held in the Thai capital Bangkok recently.

In this first conference of the association on the topic western delegates dominated it and the number of representatives of Asian countries were also less.

Observers also noted that people in the western world are more aware about the subject when compared to easterners.

Is it due to this reason that politicians of the eastern nations do not take the subject seriously and enact polices to make it mandatory for industries in their countries to follow green policies vigorously?

There may be several reasons for this but the basic reason remains firmly rooted on human psychology.

When you are not sure about whether you will get your next meal today or from where it will come to you, you are bound to be least concerned about anything else in the world.

It is not that Asian nations are so poor that they are more concerned about their next meals so as to relegate concerns about the topic under the carpet, but the fact remains that concerns about climate change awareness and global warming are not the real issues at all for them for the present.

The eastern nations are poorer as compared to the western nations and as per the hierarchy needs theory they will take more urgent action on concerns about poverty elimination and achieving a better standard of living than worry about climate change or global warming and related topics.

But the western nations can play a positive role in finding a solution for all.

How?

The greenhouse gas emissions of the western nations are far higher than those of the eastern nations. They need to address this issue as per the terms of the Kyoto Protocol and take positive action to meet their targets before the closure of the current phase of the protocol by 2012.

Since the financial implications involved in trying to reduce the CO2 and other greenhouse emissions are very stiff, many industries of the developed nations may find it difficult to go ahead with the necessary action to tackle this problem.

But they can meet this challenge by carrying out CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) projects in developing nations so as to generate energy for renewable sources and other such green projects for the host countries.

The encouraging news is that many enlightened corporate concerns of the western world are carrying out such projects in Latin America, Asia and other less developed regions.

For this they will get carbon credits, which will go a long way in reaching their targets for 2012.

If more number of developing nations can be induced to get such projects from the developed nations...

...there will be a healthy competition from both the developing nations to get more such projects from the developed nations...

...as also more competition among the developed nations to come forward to carry out such CDM Projects in the developing nations.

More and more industries should come forward to emulate this trend so as to bring faster progress in creating climate change awareness in the developing nations.

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