I caught the tail end of a Commonwealth Lecture on climate change, just as one of the speakers was discussing the notion of solidarity, and something to the effect that ‘we are all in it‘. This was the first time I heard the word solidarity mentioned in the context of global warming. There has been a lot of talk about the role of community. But solidarity? According to the dictionary, solidarity means:
Mutual agreement and support: harmony of interests and responsibilities among individuals in a group, especially as manifested inanimous support and collective action for something. From French ‘solidarite'<solidaire<solide (solid)
India and China objected on Saturday to a draft deal at U.N. talks in Bali meant to launch negotiations on a global pact by 2009 to fight climate change, saying rich nations should do more to lead the way.
After overnight talks lasting well beyond a Friday deadline, India demanded changes to a final text at the 190-nation talks, saying rich nations should do more to provide clean technology and finance to help the poor fight global warming.
“The need of the hour is for enhanced commitments and instead we see a huge watering down,” said Indian delegate Chandrasekhar Dasgupta.
“This is a conspiracy,” a Chinese delegate said of a draft text presented on Saturday to delegates, many of whom had stayed up most of the night in negotiations, by the Indonesian hosts of the two-week meeting at a beach resort in Bali.
“We want the needs and demands of the G77 and China to be reflected in the final text,” Guoshun Sun, a senior Chinese delegate, told Reuters.
“We can work very hard to come up with a text but that does not mean we can sacrifice our position to have a watered down text. That is not possible,” Sun added.
Yesterday was the U.S. causing trouble. Today is China and India’s turn. You would never know we are all in it . . .