Joining forces to combat global warming and save the environment instead of giving traditional aid. Good idea, isn’t it? And that’s exactly what the Swedish government is doing in India and China. Not that I understand why two economic powerhouses are getting aid from EU countries mired in deep recession? But regardless of that, the Swedish initiative to work together to improve the environment is laudable.
Obviously, like all traditional aid, it will benefit Swedish companies. But when it comes to environmental techniques, clean tech, wind power – actually the environmental and climate sector in general – Sweden has a multitude of innovative and pioneering world class companies. So Swedish know-how and techniques in this area will definitely benefit China and India, which is far from always the case when it comes to traditional aid from the West.
Both China and India are key when it comes to curbing global warming and, not to forget, cleaning up the environment. India’s current growth has generated affluence but also damaged the environment. So much so that after the US and China it’s the worst polluter in the world.
Sweden and China are already successfully cooperating on environmental and climate issues aiming to combat global warming and improve the environment. Joint projects in such areas are taking place on a continuous basis.
Replacing traditional aid with joint cooperation on improving the environment will actually kill two birds with one stone because by both benefitting poor people in India and China and contributing to saving the planet.
It is hence my hope that Sweden will influence other Western countries to follow suit when 170 governments meet at The Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December. If so, that should make a positive contribution towards signing the “Copenhagen Protocol” to prevent global warming and climate changes. The Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2012 and the conference in Copenhagen will be the last one on governmental level before that. Consequently progress is crucial because I’m not sure progress in other areas will compensate for letting global warming and environmental issues ruin our planet?