For some people, the dancing bear on the street might be an entertaining sight but the gory fact is that these bears are mercilessly mutilated when they are barely one-year-old. … So, next time, you see a dancing bear, think of the pain and cruelty, it has to endure. …
The above fact, among other issues, is being taken care of by Shelley Vishwajeet who publishes Voice Greenglobe magazine.
Its inaugural issue, just in my hands, besides reporting that Jamshedpur is the only city in India which has an ISO-14001 certification, has an exclusive interview with (now nobel laureate) Rajendra K Pachauri – Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who tells the journal: “… I have learnt over the years that you have to keep talking about an issue if you believe in it. You have to keep voicing your concerns and at some stage, it will start having an impact and the government will also start taking it seriously. It may not happen initially. … these are the challenges in democracy.”
To a question on the foremost holdup for a cleaner world, Pachauri says: “Major impediments are that we dump our pollutants in somebody else’s backyard.”
I wish Shelley’s concerns, as voiced in his new venture, were echoed in the mountainous Indonesia Island – Bali, where a UN summit is presently considering how to cut greenhouse gas emissions after current Kyoto Protocol targets expire in 2012.
Reports say demonstrations are also taking place in at least 50 cities across the world to coincide with this UN climate change talks in Bali.
But, as global leaders discuss the earth’s rising temperature in Bali and marchers press for strong climate change laws, no single country – rich or poor – has enough motivation or the political will to confront global problems. Look what Shelley has to say to this: “This magazine would not have happened but for total commitment and hardest of work from colleagues at Voice Greenglobe, and beliefs of some special people in this project as well as academics and experts, who trusted a new magazine with their articles and encouraged us to go ahead.” In the maiden issue, he has also written a detailed piece on The Politics of Global Warming.