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Withdrawal of America from Paris accord on climate change, a danger for humanity

By Satya Narayan Sahu | PUBLISHED: 03, Jun 2017, 8:52 am IST | UPDATED: 04, Jun 2017, 18:45 pm IST

Withdrawal of America from Paris accord on climate change, a danger for humanity New Delhi: It is tragic that President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw America from the Paris Accord on Climate change. It would spell danger for humanity with a clear intent to establish American supremacy in the world in sustaining the carbon economy which the west created following industrial revolution and by using resources and energy of almost all parts of the world.  

Only when the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America could slowly catch up with the western world in the economic field that the western world raised fingers at them and accused them of generating emissions of carbon dioxide and green House gases which trap the heat and cause global arming and climate change.  

America's withdrawal from the Paris accord means affirmation of a life style based on excessive use of resources and energy. It also means a defense of the industrial complexes of the USA in private sector which manufacture weapons of mass destruction in large scale.

It is such industrial complexes manufacturing huge cache of weapons which use disproportionate energy more than the people of that country and such military industrial complexes are responsible for global warming and climate change.  Instead of curbing these military complexes and reducing their numbers the decision has been taken to withdraw from the Paris accord.

The America First principle would mean America First in providing leadership for exacerbating the problems of global warming and climate change.  

It is a sure fatal step to intensify climate chaos and reducing chances for surviving even the twenty first century.  Mahatma Gandhi referring to too many mills producing textiles in Manchester in England had written in May 1915  that such factories generated tremendous heat causing enormous destruction of life.

Hundred years later factories have been multiplied and particularly the factories manufacturing destructive military weapons have gone up like any thing in the USA and Europe.  It is much more than what is existing in India and other countries which got independence after 1947.  The heat of factories of America producing such weapons is too intense to spare life forms and the planet earth.  

The withdrawal of America from Paris accord is bound to spell fatal consequences for the planet as a whole and jeopardize the pursuit of sustainable development goals which are supposed to have been achieved by 2030.  Hope good sense prevails to make the Paris accord a success.

# Mr Satya Narayan Sahu was OSD and Press Secretary to the late President of India Shri K.R. Narayanan and served as Director in the Prime Minister's Office. He is currently Joint Secretary in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. The views expressed by him are personal and not that of Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
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