Who does this planet belong to ?

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View of the Church behind the Hotel in Innsbruck where I normally stay. Beautiful as the church is – this is the first time in years the locals recall there being no snow here on Christmas. It’s the same lament all over the Ski slopes too. There has been little snow, and of course the word on every persons lips this year is ‘Global Warming’. And everywhere the feeling in Europe is that the politicians have let us down.
Of course media is playing the blame game. Some blame the US and Obama for not following the Kyoto treaty – while others blame China (and India too) for playing a great game of one upmanship with the US and President Obama. Whatever happened it just showed that the current political system is completely inept at solving any global problem.
Who does the planet belong to ? Surely the fundamental resources belong equally to all beings on this planet – no one can argue that the air belongs to everyone. Every Chinese man woman and child has the same right to the fundamental resources necessary to keep life going as does every Western man woman and child. No more no less.
So why are we looking at Carbon footprints of nations as a whole ? It should be measured per capita, and if so, the whole equation changes. Will the West ever accept that ?

15 Responses to “Who does this planet belong to ?”

  1. True. The system should unitedly work forward.

  2. AJ says:

    Reality, Truth is
    Blame game
    Ego
    Holier than thou
    All inhuman qualities …
    Result, Loss is
    Planet which care for us
    Planet suffers
    People suffer
    Yes Blame Game is the 2nd name for politican,
    no matter where they are.
    Only Humans stand for the change
    and act on it for better of the world
    Those are called Humans
    Humans, world learns to respect msotly after they are gone
    Sad but is the Reality, Truth
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    Aum Asato Ma Sat Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya
    Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
    Lead Us From the Unreal To Real, Lead Us From Darkness To Light,
    Lead Us From Death To Immortality, Aum (the universal sound of God) Let There Be Peace Peace Peace.

  3. AJ says:

    Krishna is painted as blue. One of his names, Shyam, simply means blue, the blue one.
    He is represented as blue, painted as blue, metaphorically.
    It is a symbol that he is a love god, that he represents love and the depth of the inner soul.
    No one has taught to mankind the art of love, divine love the way Krishna has.
    Blue is the color of depth and silence. The color of the sky and sea; and green is the color of growth and tranquility.
    Blue brings with it the eternity and green a serenity; the two things that love shall bring to ones being.

  4. Gowmukhi says:

    It should be measured as per capita…great solution…but really? Will the West ever accept that.
    The worst part is, West has been outsourcing the pollution to the East for quite a long time now. The air in Indian cities is highly polluted. Either way, East has lot too loose. Indians and Chinese should pressurize West on this issue really hard instead of supporting Obama.

  5. Chaitali says:

    ‘Stop talking start acting’…is what Obama kept saying….as he continues his long speech. …..

  6. Shekhar Sahu says:

    People don’t realize what is Global Warming? What are the Effects of Global Warming? Perhaps these leaders couldn’t take any class of Environment & Ecology at their schools or colleges, as I am studying at my college. Problem is bigger than what it seems.
    I am very much afraid about the Future.

  7. Chakra says:

    The planet definitely does not belong to the human species…..east or west; we all are partners in crime. Sporadic pockets of Hindutva way of life will help only to some xtent.

  8. Ruchi Dhingra says:

    This is the most astonishingly unbelievable crime story ever known in the whole world and it is happening live!!
    An IIM Alumnus is running around the country from city to city for the past 2 months fleeing from a very powerful
    nation wide real-estate mafia cum police nexus. He having learnt that the landlord of the place he was renting was
    actually a real estate gangster who ammassed several properties by ecivting the original owners by either killing
    them or by staging mass psychjological dramas to drive them mad This Real-estate mafia have isolated and have cut
    him off from the whole world – family,friends,colleagues,acquaintances,phone,email,etc and some 30 of his batchmates
    and their families are being severely threatened to do what the mafia asks them. This nexus uses sophisticated and
    classified police espionage gadgets like phone jammers and laser based room surveillance techniques. everything and
    now the mafia is playing some unbelievable psychological drama in order to drive him mad by using gangster arm
    twisting techniques to convince all his friends and contacts. Whoever he has contacted has been terrorised by the
    real estate gangsters; for instance his engineering batch mate and one of his best buddies has been terrorised so
    much that he himself is conducting surveillance of this guy and sending back information to the mafia. Similarly
    another one of his friends in the US has actually started threatening this guy and has been proactive in convincing
    other batchmates that he has gone insane.
    Nobody has come forward to help him due to the gangsters and the police who are themselves part of the mafia. The
    mafia and police nexus is constantly following him everywhere staging fake flights,fake passengers, fake cabs, etc
    in a bid to prove him mad to the whole world.These fake dramas are being staged so that this guy, when he eventually
    approaches police and court and would try to desperately convince everyone by saying that there are 20 to 30
    thousand people all over the country following him, he would then be unanimously termed as insane before being
    immediately dismissed
    This is most unbelievable since this IIM Alumnus is updating the entire story live on his twitter id ‘jai_vinayak’
    and has uploaded more than 100 pictures of the chase with the help of phone camera
    . He has now gone to as many as 22 cities in India staying in as much as 21 hotels everywhere. His life is in danger
    as well but he has not lost any spirit and continues to update his twitter. Every contact he has tried to make has
    been systematically brain washed and arm twisted into believing that he is schizhophrenic. The number of people so
    far involved in this country wide chase psycho drama is a whopping 20,000 to 30,000 people plus.
    If you dont believe this….pls go ahead and see his twitter ‘jai_vinayak’ yourself!! Dont forget to see the
    pictures as well.
    If you like psycho crime then this is the most interesting one in the whole world.
    Ruchi Dhingra

  9. ginger says:

    Hello
    First of all I want to say that I like that view in that picture.Its very beautiful.Global warming is doing many things to people as well as animals and plants.I think human activities are responsible for most of the warming.Thank you very much for this post.

  10. That was, indeed, a very thoughtful solution you have come up with. But then as you aptly mentioned, will the West accept it?
    What I believe is that instead of blaming it on to each other, why doesn’t the public start acting..let the politicians indulge in mud-slinging. The damage already done is irreparable, so let’s try to control it and it is high time we did it.

  11. Neeta says:

    Yes, if people are sincere about addressing global warming, per capita should be taken into account. It wouldn’t be logical or fair to not do so.

  12. Muzyka says:

    really nice place.
    Happy New Year, Shekhar Kapur!

  13. North says:

    I believe too, every person on earth has an “equal share” of earths wealthy natural resources!! I feel we are political pawns in a game of politics; which in fact, is just another “Big Gang” of educated rich people; who KNOW what they do… and may God forgive them their greed, corruption, ignorance and blatant incompetence when it comes to preservation of earth, human and animal “equal” rights!!

  14. Larry says:

    It’s my belief that this planet was created by God, but God gave control of it to His adversary after the adversary “got too big for his britches,” as my earthly dad used to say. Why did God do this? I believe He did it because He loves people and wants to give us a choice whether to believe in and follow His ways or to allow the adversary to have control in our lives. Very very beautiful setting and equally nice photo!

  15. Sujitha Karnad says:

    Shekhar,
    Who in reality, owns a problem like ‘global warming’? I don’t believe that the Obamas of this world, or Kyoto treaties ever help more than creating awareness & perhaps cause a few to pause for thought.
    I have seen a few trying to prevent this issue though – recycling waste, forbidding use of plastic, cycle to work and so on. They continue that way because luckily no one distracts them from just doing this. As for the rest, they continue to click their tongues, clink their champagne glasses and perhaps comment like me.
    Therefore, you own a problem like this or you don’t. ‘Don’t look for others to do something, when you don’t yourself’, is what I tell myself!
    Sujitha Karnad

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