Edit meetings tend to be quite dull nowadays because everybody, and I must admit that even I have been guilty of this, wants to do a 'global warming' story and the rather vague impact tglobal warming will have on India. Here is the rub, while I don't disagree that there has been significant global warming, the Indian media has failed in getting the message across, because while we want to 'promote' green living on the one hand, lifestyle reporting has been the flavour of the season for the last two years and rampant consumerism and being green are more or less mutually exclusive sets. Sure, you find some 'Fairtrade' products in Khan Market, but for god's sake, you expect people to put off their air-conditioners in the summer, or even for that matter spend shitloads of money building more environmentally friendly houses.
You see, while the West carries on about global warming and former politicians make boring movies and believe me, I know the habitat of Polar Bears is sinking, what I don't get is the white man telling India and China to cool down development. The more I read stories about global warming and how India and China are contributing increasing amounts towards raising the global temperature, the solution the West is devising is telling us to chill out. You don't build dams, you shouldn't run air-conditioners, low-cost air travel? Bad. Seriously, the hipocrisy shown by the west is getting to me, and what is more upsetting is that South Delhi kids who sit in air-conditioned offices and use ten times the amount of water that someone in a slum does, lap it all up.
Here is the problem. Sure India is contributing more towards global warming and the solution isn't writing solutions the West wants us to adopt. Because global warming is going to lead to Mumbai sinking, eventually. Heck, if Bangladesh goes under (and it will), we'll be flooded with 150 million refugees, perish the thought. But, we have to devise our own solutions, because you're not going to put off your purchase of that Rs 10 lakh Honda or take that flight to Goa. Even if you do, try and convince six million people to stop buying motorcycles. Blindly follwing the Greenpeace agenda will not help, sustainable development is a joke - because sustainable development intends to keep us a third-world country while the West carries on with their lifestyle. I'm sorry Mac, it ain't happening. Eat less beef!