India is currently one the countries worst affected by climate change related disasters. Scientific evidence of levels of carbon and greenhouse gas emission has been collected to examine if there are any limits to such growth. This paper argues that India needs to adopt a pro-active stance towards international climate negotiations by following a ‘single framework’ approach as used by the USA. This means adhering to a ‘carbon budgets’ strategy which limits carbon emissions in relation to the global environmental temperature. It also leads to a ‘co-benefit’ approach which considers the multiple developmental objectives from any activity including greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation.
The paper concludes by calling for a campaign to bring together civil society groups and activists from the North and South. It also urges Governments and civil society stakeholders to better understand lessons of climate science, the development priorities of the global South, and the imperatives of global as well as national equity. It states that ‘this gap should be bridged if nations of the world are to be pushed towards an effective, equitable climate agreement.’
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