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Integrating Ecostrategic Thinking @ Racing in Virtues

This is the rough draft for the paper submitted for IIM Kashipur Organised Conference on Educational Reforms in Higher Education. A par of the letter is shared here:
"Dear Dr Muhammad Mukhtar Alam,

You will be pleased to know that your proposed paper on “Education and International Development : Integration of ecostrategic thinking in the curriculum and pedagogic practice" has been accepted for presentation at the Indian Institute of Management Kashipur’s forthcoming conference on “Educational Reforms: The Changing Paradigms" at India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi on 25-26 March 2013. The organizing committee has also waived the Registration Fees for your participation."

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Integrating Ecostrategic Thinking @ Racing in Virtues

  1. 1. Education And International Development : Integration OfEcostrategic Thinking In The Curriculum And Pedagogic PracticeAs A Global Imperative For Socially Inclusive And EcologicallySafe Future Though Addressing Climate Change ByTransforming Ecologically Unsustainable Consumption,Production And Transport PatternsSubmitted to International Conference on “Educational Reforms: TheChanging Paradigms" at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 25-26 March 2013organized by Indian Institute of Management Kashipur,UttarakhandByDr.M. Mukhtar AlamED, CARD and ED(H),CEASIG)Organizations Devoted To Multiplying Responses within and Across the Nations For Mitigating TheImpacts Of Climate Change Through Systemic Interventions In Education, Agriculture, Rural andUrban Development306,Rohit House, 3 Leo Tolstoy Marg, New DelhiTelephone: 0-9873061553, 09968345380Email:,
  2. 2. Abstract : The paper describes the highlight of the proposed disciplineof Ecostrategics by the author and published at inthe form of a powerpoint presentation. It highlights the urgency of ecotsrategicthinking for all engaged in education in order to generate simultaneity in theresponses in various forms that has a direct bearing on the processes, policies andprogrammes adopted for preparing for transition to post carbon age when thenonrenewable energy resources would not be there for humanity. Recognizing thefield of education as an important domain of intervention, the paper highlights thereasons , explains the importance of adoption of ecostrategic thinking and shows howdue to absence of ecostrategic thinking across the domains, desired result formitigation of the global challenge of climate change is not visible. COP discussionsare generating result and, it is more often than not the politics of development comesin the way of effective responses that are needed for mitigating climate change. Thepaper shows the contours of what might be the constitutive elements of the correctiveaction across the nations and across the disciplines through adoption of ecostrategicthinking recognizing the interconnected of all human habitations and their survivalequations in the future.Why Ecostrategics?• Climate change requires personal, social, organisational, national and internationalresponse• Non-compliance of globally agreed decisions based on evidences endanger theinterests of nations and future generations• Conventional definitions of power based on the control of non-renewable resourcesare no longer valid and are detrimental to collective human survival interestsContent of Ecostrategics• Sustainability analysis of the policy proposals-economy, polity, culture• Criticality analysis of the consumption patterns- the extent to which they aresustainable and critical- basic needs vs luxury• Analysis of simultaneity/non-simultaneity in policies of the nations• Equity analysis of the consumption patterns- whether all have the renewable resourcebased consumption• Analysis of the foreign policy with reference to impact on the sustainability ofconsumption and production patterns for example ecostrategic consideration wouldrequire US to withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan• Analysis of tourism policy- ecologically sustainable tourism is the only way out,tourists encouraged to donate surplus for poor of the world requiring support in thecreation and preservation of ecologically sustainable consumptionEssential qualifications of an ecostrategist• In dept knowledge of the local habitats with reference to life supporting resources forexample knowledge of all that is available locally for food, transport, housing and soon.• Knowledge of pre-petromodern lifestyles and appreciation of ecological sustainability• Proficiency in the generating reports based on the findings of sustainability analysis• Command over application of concepts and tools related to sustainability analysisEnvironment impact assessment and ecostrategists• EIAs till now measure the impact on the diversities that is not enough• It is important to assess whether the infrastructure and processes involved in theproduction process will have all the resources in 40th century• Energy insecure habitats and production processes are not sustainable-skyscrapersand other non-renewable resource based resource in itself are not sustainable• Al Gore needs to learn that it is not only the solar panels that ensure ecologicalsustainability of boats. He did not realise that all the inputs for the production of
  3. 3. components would not be able for the children of 40th century…ensuring 100%ecologically sustainable production40th century memorials/benchmarks• Ecostrategic analysts and policy makers are aware of the interests of the children of40th century…For example ,it would be certainly ecologicall intelligent if planningand development factored the interests of children of 40thcentury.. State and localgovernance institution would do better planning for sustainability of their habitats in40thcentury. chaleeswein sadi ke dilli wale..• Be always aware whether Indian/Chinese children will have access to the servicesand infrastructures in 40th century• Ecostrategists essentially download the interests of the children of 40th century inhere and now without waiting for miraculous energy and resource solutionsEcostrategic analysis of Olympics• We cant have Olympics in the 40th century• Olympics as it started in Greece were ecologically sustainable• Local Melas with local game competitions are ecologically sustainable• Ecologically hostile structures would not be there in 40th century• Let us halt GHG emissions and stop OlympicsEcostrategic analysis and commonwealth games• Land belonging to river bed of Yamuna used for creating the commonwealth villagekilling the future of Yamuna• Mirza Ghalib bemoaned the murder of Urdu poetry and Mughals by British• Dilli has been looted of the riverbed• While proposing this ,I had called for halting the commonwealth games. a legacy ofcolonial occupation of motherlandEcostrategic Art and culture• Products of art and culture to ensure reduction in the emission of GHGs• Travel inducing cultural engagements to be reduced through promotion of localcarbon neutral cultural engagements• Ecologically sustainable materials and energy only for production and consumptionof the artistic and cultural productsEcostrategic transport• Ecologically sustainable• Public transport• Revival of traditional transport system- bullock cart ,horse driven carriages• Eliminating dependence on non-renewable resource based transport systems• Promotion of habitats with ecologically sustainable modes of transportFollow the instructions - an Ecostrategic imperative• Abidance to the commands of Allah/God/Ishawar/../../ and messengers is anEcostrategic imperative• Do not obey atheistic intellectuals• Atheistic thinkers continue to misguide while promoting ecologically hostileliberalism• Their intellectual uncertainties are getting ecologically detrimentalEcostrategic communication• Stop atheistic communication on the secrets of creation and follow the revealedcommunication• Dominance of atheistic super text/ meta narrative on monotheistic science must end• Resolution needs to be sought in the monotheistic framework as that is the onlyframework fit for resolution• Atheistic debate among the community of atheists will never endEcostrategic leisure• Leisure must be carbon neutral with zero emission of the green house gases that areavoidable
  4. 4. • Culture of dancing and drinking intoxicating drinks and drugs need to be abandonedas at the so called hi-life• Psychologically mental wellbeing is possible with the adoption of culture of prayerand meditation 5/3+1 times a day all the 365/366 days of the yearsPreparing for the end of petromodern era• Shell is calling for meeting the energy challenge• Humanity may not have full scale replacement of fossil fuel based energy for all thesystems and utilities based on the same• We must not envisage sustainability of energy intensive urban habitats• Go for gobar, babool and neemEcostrategic campaign• Promote culture of prayer and meditation• Adopt interfaith commons for transforming psychologically debilitating, sociallyinequitable and ecologically hostile political and cultural order of atheistic leisure• Eliminate usurious finance system and beat inflationary moneyEcostrategic agriculture• Fossil fuels are not with us for all the time in future• We need to halt the expansion of ecologically hostile agriculture• Ecologically sustainable livelihoods need to be promoted• We just need to scrutinize the production methods and process for GM foods in orderto ensure public ownershipEcostrategic human empathy• Hear the call of the birds losing their spaces across the nations in the river basins ofYamuna, Amazon, Mississippi , Hwang Ho etc• Madness for creating ecologically hostile cities is globally agreed planeticide• Accelerating pace for creating reasons for man made destruction doomsday!!! YesEcostrategic habitats• Non-renewable energy intensive habitats are not sustainable repeat this 40 times• Halt acquistion of farmer lands• Halt acquistion of the forest lands with people in ecologically sustainable habitats• Halt destruction of spaces for wild birds and protect carbon sinksEcostrategic Kyoto Protocol• Beat the policy of carbon credits through simultaneous lifestyle change globally• Beat the policy of differentiated responsibly accepted in UN MDG by 2010• We must get his incorporated in Copenhagen discussions in 2009• Simultaneous reduction in GHG emissions• Bear the rural and urban divide for supporting the ecologically sustainable villagesDemocracy of faithful• Support creation of the democracy of the faithful for minimising emission of greenhouse gases• For ending the loss of ecologically sustainable habitats, livelihoods and energy• For ending the rule of atheistic post-modernism in leisure and cultureEcostrategic education• Supports elimination of excess and exhibitionism• Creates supportive climate of opinion for emission of green house gases• Curriculum renewal for meeting the challenges of the 40th century• Choose either ecologically sustainable villages or ecologically hostile doomsdaycitiesAbandon skyscrapers• Lets us remember the advertisement of Shell and the impending energy crisis• UN needs to follow through shifting the headquarters to horizontally spaced outlocation• Save the villages and save agriculture• Support Mamta Banerjee in her struggle to get back the land for the farmers in Singurand Nandigram
  5. 5. Piety the best attire• The verse in the holy Qur’an establishes ‘piety’ to be the best dress• 6 billion pious men and women will save Earth for children of 40th century• All the dresses are for decoration but piety is the best.• Piety is determined by the extent to which we follow the commands and fearAllah/God/…Ecostrategic politics• Prevent destruction of the mines based resources• Assess the political visions considering the interests of children of 40th century• Rajiv Gandhi had this vision while advocating the concept of world citizenship in theCongress manifesto of 1989• All political party meet for Ecostrategic planningGlobal warming• Requires Ecostrategic solutions• It is man made and we need to halt this• Mitigation not adaptation• Abandon energy intensive skyscrapers• Global responses simultaneous responses• Monotheistic governance for addressing global governanceEcostrategic Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and denotified tribes• Do not need to crave for ecologically hostile skyscrapers laden cities• They need to work for creating equitable modes of ecologically sustainablecoexistence in villages and rural areas• Kill the aggression with faith based instruments, moral suasion and promotion ofecologically sustainable lifestylesTransforming cities• Sustainable cities preparing for children in 40th century• Transforming cities for making it sustainable rather destroying the villages formaking cities live• Carbon neutral cities with ecologically sustainable transport now!!• Bring back horse driven carts and bullock cartsEcostrategic Gender policy• Gender justice in meeting the ecological challenges ..women need to contribute inmeeting the challenges• Women thinkers need to assess policies for addressing the needs of children of 40thcentury• Women’s movement need to factor in the needs of the children of 40th centuryEcostrategic/ messengers/ saviours• We need to recall what they said• Noah, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and all• Rational atheists need to address the call for reduction in the emission of GHGs• Faith based responses marshalled by believers need to be matched by the atheiststhrough carbon neutral engagementsEcostrategic Habitats• Based on the renewable resources• Poverty indicators need to be revised with reference to access to ecologicallysustainable basic needs• Skyscraper laden urban habitats guzzling fossil fuels and energy are just notsustainable• Shell should be calling for halting the expansion of ecologically hostile spaces ratherthan seeking supplies of energy for unlimited demand of energy of the ecologicallyhostile citiesEcostrategic struggles for ecological safety and dignity• Electing and nominating pious leaders
  6. 6. • Creating political consensus within and across the nations for electing ecologicallyliterate and pious leaders for protecting the rights of children in 40th century• Generation of political discourse and educating the masses for ecologically safepoliticsEcostrategic food security• Food earned through rights means• Food earned through ecologically sustainable means except for meeting the survivalneeds• Boycotting intoxicating drinks and drugs and its trade-WTO to ensure• Sustained dialogue to ensure prevention of poppy cultivationEcostrategic spirituality• Carbon neutral neighbourhood engagements for spiritual health• Remembrance of God/Allah for comforting the soul• Repentance for sins and practice of prayer 5 times a day• Monotheistic spirituality for allEcostrategic neighbourhoods• Support in pious behaviour• Prevent exhibitionist consumption• Promoting supportive neighbourhoods• Supporting carbon neutral spiritual and pious neighbourhoods• Neighbourhood eco-watch groups and resident welfare associations for sustainableand inclusive cityEcostrategic decision making• Consultation for decisions affecting the farmers and their lands• Halting acquisition of lands- food security is more important than cheap cars forecologically hostile cities• No land acquisition of the villagers• Save the land of farmers in Singur, Nandigram in West Bengal and elsewhereGetting straight with ecologically safe lifestyles• We need to get personal for changing our lifestyles• Eliminate emission of GHGs through avoiding fossil fuel based services and utilities• Getting media partnerships for communicating urgent change in the lifestylesAccelerating reduction of ecologically hostile private transport• Boycott nano cars and other cars for using and demanding better public transport• Boycott usurious banking creating money out of thin air in the books• Defend footpaths for securing rights of the pedestrians• ensure whether the buyers have parking space before / garage facility before sale ofcarsMonotheistic framework of accelerating application of Ecostrategic policies• United national and global response requires a one governance protocol based oncommon shared framework for action minimising uncertainties• Atheistic Marxist and polytheistic social order can not be globalised• Monotheistic commons are part of inter-faith commonsGlobal unity for eco-safety• Climate change requires unity of people and nations• It is critical to eliminate the divisive atheistic and polytheistic contents from thediscourse and practice for following on the interfaith monotheistic commons• Need for unity is critical as it was never before in the history of human civilisationGlobal unity for eco-safety• Monotheistic criterion for the success of men and women and civilisation• Civilisations/governance supportive of usury, adultery and homosexuality has beendestroyed• Ecologically hostile consumption also happens to be dominated by leisureengagements that are in violation of the commands of Allah/God/…./Ecostrategic demolition of energy intensive habitats rather than slums
  7. 7. • Ecologically hostile energy intensive skyscraper based urban habitats malls will berendered inhabitable very soon• DDA has been seeking slum free Delhi that is good for the time being• but there is no future for petro-modern habitats• save the land of farmers in and around DelhiUnseen ecologically hostile forces• Seeking the path of monotheistic peace best for Ecostrategic planning anddevelopment• Mayan calendar predicted the destruction in the year 2012 December• Monotheistic narration remind us of the Day of Judgement/ pralay• The challenge therefore is for best preparedness for eternal and temporal wellbeingEcostrategic development• Halt the loot of rural habitats for ecologically hostile industries and developers• Stop usurious bank creating money out of thin year fuelling the ‘development’ boom• 40th century benchmark for decisions• UN meet for creating agenda for 40th centuryEcostrategic development planning• Planning for the children of 40th century• Better to be sooner than never• Distributive justice for renewable resource based livelihoods• Do not seek inclusion in ecologically hostile urban habitats• National/ International meet of the sustainable villagers and farmersEcologically sustainable China• China and India need to integrate Ecostrategic principles quickly• They need to renegotiate their role in tacking global warming• Principle of differentiated responsibility for reducing green house gas emissionswould not work• Simultaneous reduction is neededThanks• For more introspection 5 times a day• For working for the rights of the children of 40th century• For getting ready for thinking and acting patiently, persistently, humbly, consistently,effectively and efficiently• With prayers for temporal and eternal wellbeing with greetings of peace to allDroughts and desertification as impact of climate change as a stimulus for development ofEcostrategic ThinkingDroughts have been a cause of concern in all part of the world for centuries. There arereferences for the same in the holy texts such as the holy Torah, the Bible and the holyQur’an. Yusuf/Joseph, the youngest son of Yaqoob/Jacob, the messenger of Allah/God hasrecorded to have advised the king of Egypt for preparing for the drought years on the basis ofa dream that the King saw and mentioned to former prisoner living with Joseph (peace beupon him). King acted upon the interpretation of his dream provided by Joseph (peace beupon him) and prepared for 7 years of drought. Similarly, desertification has been a processthat has been recorded as one of the process that has been on in various parts of world.Droughts are marked by the absence of rain or inadequate rain that is responsible for loss ofcrops or inadequate crop yield causing a serious concern for food. Desertification is linkedwith loss of agricultural habitats. The loss of agricultural lands, forest cover is an outcome ofglobalisation of industrial production processes based on non-renewable resources basedresources. Climate change is an outcome of the globalisation of non-renewable resource basedurban habitats. Drought is, among other factors, responsible for soil degradation. It has beenalso established that desertification increases with the increase in emission of the green housegases. There is thus a relation of cause and effect between climatic change and desertification.
  8. 8. The extract of a study for Sahel in Africa shows the severity of the problem and how it waspredicted seven years ago.The focus of this paper on Integration of Ecostrategic Thinking on therefore is on thefollowing:1. Assessment of responses to climate change are being made,2. assessments of the instruments for mitigating the impacts of climates,3. hurdles faced in the implementation of the Kyoto protocol emission targets4. Constraints in the development strategy and proposal for ecologically sustainabledevelopment strategy5. Call for adoption of ecologically safe and socially inclusive governance frameworkfor ecologically sustainability and socially equity6. Innovative faith based strategies as part of Ecostrategic Thinking7. Way forwardChange in the climate with rise in temperature of earth, change in rainfall patterns iscaused due to emission of green house gases that raise the temperature of earth as theamount of green house gases generated is much more than the capacity of the green coverfor absorbing. Impacts of the climate change are being felt everywhere beyond thenational boundaries. There are several recorded evidences that has caused nations to takeon the challenge of global warming .UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate changehas been meeting and deliberating on the issue. There are several national responses andinternational agreements. Recently China and U.S. has expressed agreement to work onclimate change. Statement of the recently Chinese permier for working with India andBRIC nations for developing a common plank on the one hand shows reluctance toemission targets ,on the other hand there is a desire to seek equity with the so calleddeveloped nations in terms GDP ,consumption patterns and habitats diversities etc thatare considered sign of development. Speaking on occasion of APEC summit in Sydney,Australia Mr. Hu Jintao had maintained that “the United Nations Framework conventionshould remain the main channel for the international efforts” to address climate change”1.1The Hindu, September 7, 2007About 80% of the rural Sahelian population depends on forest resources to meet their basic socialneeds, especially during famine and drought (CGIAR, 2006). Climatic scenarios forecast an increase intemperature and a fall in precipitations in the future of the region (MECV‚ 2006) which will increaserecurrent drought and pressure on forest resources‚ causing soil degradation. Forest resourcescontribute in the fight against poverty in the Sahelian countries. Scientists are very concerned and manydebates are being held on drought and desertification in the Sahel. However, the recurrent droughtlately is bound to change in climate although many believed that it is a natural process. The forestresources faces both human and climate pressures thus causing them to be vulnerable. Thisvulnerability is bound to increase in future due to recurrent droughts (MECV, 2006), exacerbating thepoverty of the rural Sahelian majority whose lives depend on natural resources. This loss of soilproductivity leads majority of the rural population that depends mainly on agriculture to put pressure onforest resources in order to improve their economic situation. It is that sight of the importance of thethreat which the desertification constitutes that the general meeting of the United Nations declares year2006 as international year desert and desertification (Granich‚ 2006)…Extract from the article of Yacouba Noël COULIBALY, Research Assistant, Center for International ForestryResearch, Tropical Forest and Climate Change Adaptation Project, 06 BP 9478 Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso
  9. 9. The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC), which emphasised the far-reaching consequences that continued global warmingwould have across the world, has given fresh impetus to finding solution to the problem.The summit meeting of the Group of Eight industrialised countries (G8) held in Germanyin the month of June 2007 agreed to launch new initiatives for collective action by bothrich nations and fast-growing developing countries to combat climate change. In itsFourth Assessment Report, the IPCC, the international body that has the task of weighingscientific evidence on climate change, pointed to definitive evidence that globalatmospheric concentration of key greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide had“increased markedly as a result of human activities since 1750”. These gases weretrapping the Earth’s heat that would otherwise have radiated out into space. If the build-up of greenhouse gases and the resultant warming of the planet were allowed to continueunchecked, the humanity collectively will have to face several consequences. Droughtsand desertification are among the impacts of climate change. The position papersubmitted as an input for WSSD processes submitted in 2007 for WSSD Youth Caucusfocused on the challenges and offers solutions for halting the impacts of climate changethrough adoption of measures including the faith based personal responses fortransformation of ecologically hostile consumption, production and leisure use patterns.Progress so farLots of seminars and conferences have been organized for addressing the global challengeof mitigating the climate challenge. There are Kyoto protocol emission targets for whichnational strategies have been devised. Kyoto Protocol formally known as UN FrameworkConventions on Climate Change has not been ratified by some of the important nations.U.S. and Australia are not ratifying the protocol as they have perceptions of competitivedisadvantage. There are agreements for reducing the emissions by the year 2020 and2050. There exists a vibrant mobilization of civil society and mobilization of youthgroups. Several groups are working for the policy advocacy for implementing the bindingtargets for the emission of green house gases. There also exists a dynamic policyadvocacy for R&D in renewable energy so that there is plenty of renewable resourcebased energy for replacing the non-renewable energy. Green parties existing in more than88 countries are calling for replacement for greenhouse generating fossil fuel basedenergy sources with renewable energy.UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been awarded Nobel Prize alongwith Robert Al Gore for working on the climate change. The Norwegian NobelCommittee cited the recipients “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greaterknowledge about man made climate change and to lay foundations for the measures thatare needed to counteract such a change”2. Mr .Al Gore responded to the citation saying“we face a truly planetary emergency: the climate change is not a political issue, it is amoral and spiritual challenge to all humanity”3. Mr.R.K. Pachaury sharing the prize withRobert Al Gore as Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on climate change respondedthat the Nobel Peace prize would add sense of urgency to the fight against globalwarming. IPCC, set up in 1988, is tasked with giving policymakers a summary of thelatest knowledge about climate change. Gavin Edwards head of Climate and EnergyCampaign, Greenpeace International talking about what the governments across the worldcan do to mitigate the problem pointed out the need to reconsider terms of protocol thatacknowledges the differentiated responsibility for the various nations responding to theclimate change. He points out the need for the developing countries to do all the needfuland not repeat the mistakes of the developed countries - “nongovernmental organisationshave really focused on the industrialized nations that have to do lion’s share of tackling2The Hindu October 13, 20073Ibid
  10. 10. the climate change-that’s clear. But what is also clear is that developing countries likeIndia and China constantly continue developing with the business as usual old styledevelopment approach. They could be repeating the same mistakes the West has made inthe last few decades .And, if India, China and other countries continue to make thosemistakes, then regardless of what the West is doing to tackle the climate change it will beimpossible”4.The instruments advocated for mitigating the climate changeEnergy efficient technologies are being developed for minimizing the consumption of theenergy. CFL lamps are being promoted as part of energy efficient utilities and equipmentsfor contributing in the reduction of green house gas emissions. There also goals forreplacement of non-renewable energy throng renewable energy .Green party in Germanyseek full scale replacement of non-renewable energy by renewable energy by the year2020. There are treaties that have been signed though they are not religiously followed.More funding is being sought for research for globalizing renewable energy basedservices and utilities. Binding targets on emission reduction is not there as is evident fromthe aspirational recommendation of the APEC summit concluded recently in Sydney aspart of the processes for the UN framework convention on climate change to be held inBali in the month of December 2007. There are plans of Action devoid of binding policiesand target for the emission of green house gases.If the build-up of greenhouse gases and the resultant warming of the planet was allowedto continue unchecked, we will collectively have consequences in terms of the loss of theecologically sustainable livelihoods, habitats, crop failures, inequitable distribution of theecologically safe habitats across the world. It is well-known that global economic boomis accelerating green house gas emissions with the ever expanding non-renewable energybased urban habitats, consumption, production and transport patterns.Problems in the strategiesThere are strategies that have been identified with global recognition of the need toreduce green house emissions. Even so, they get defeated as goals are set withcontradicting outcomes and visions .For example, GDP calculation does not consider theimpact on environment and ecological costs and thus are not therefore factors in thecalculation of Gross Domestic Product. Enormous costs on environments are ignoredfollowing the conviction that all the resources are for the use and their non-utilisation isan indicator of low technological development. An ecologically sustainable habitat is notconsidered valuable with ecologically sustainable livelihoods. Quarterly reporting on theincrease in the GDP does not factor the increase in green house gas emissions. 7thGeneration Initiative in Canada with wellbeing measurement Act in an initiative forfactoring the ecological costs and cost of womens work at . They believe that calculation of gross domestic product mustinclude the cost on the environment that our actions in the present Mike Nickerson and Joe Jordon have been campaigning foryears.Political parties continue to be inspired by short term visions and it is not quite their fault.SIMPOL is working with the voters globally for influencing the simultaneous adoption ofpolicies. There is need to ensure more and more simultaneous actions globally forpeaceful actions, decisions, choices that will contribute in collective ecological safety.Political parties need to be educated for supporting the policies that ensure protection ofecologically sustainable livelihoods and habitats. Labour League Foundation ,Sufi Trust4The Hindu, October 16, 2007
  11. 11. and CEASIG as part of National Forum of Forest Workers and Forest People supportingthe rights of land in their traditional habitats through deleting the impact of coloniallegislations that deprived them their rights to homestead and agriculture lands. Greenparties are concerned about the ecologically safe issues but their voters are few .Most ofthe political parties are concerned with issues that are more appealing to the elite and themiddle class in the immediate present.Another major hurdle experienced in the way of getting global responses for mitigatingthe climate change is continued marketing of fossil fuel intensive consumption patterns,urban habitats designs, development paradigm, competitive nationalisms for seeking themarkers of fossil fuel intensive lifestyles, devaluation of the ecologically sustainableagriculture consumption patterns. There exists continued political support for culturalproducts and processes that are inimical to national and global ecological safety. Whilethere are measures for ecological impact/ environment impact assessments but then theremarkedly exists absence of concerns for addressing the root causes of ecological and manmade disasters. Marginalisation of the faith based youth groups by the atheisticintelligentsia continues to be problem that needs to be addressed .They need to be broughton board .Ecologically safe national strategy/ development paradigmConsidering the above, it is proposed that an ecologically safe national strategy/development paradigm contains the following features:1. Marketing of ecologically safe consumption ,production, leisure use patterns2. Discouraging ecologically hostile consumption and production patterns3. Promotion of neighbourhood trade and education and discouraging ecologicallyhostile trade and education4. Ecologically sustainable agriculture5. Promotion of ecologically sustainable transport Systems6. Faith based measures for transformation of leisure use pattern7. Promotion and protection of ecologically sustainable habitats8. ecologically safe interest free and debt free finance system9. Ecologically safe models of success
  12. 12. Towards a solutionReduction in the emission of green house gases through promoting measures and decisionpatterns that moderate the consumption of services and utilities based on the consumptionof green house emitting fossil fuels is critical that all concerned with safeguarding thehumanity from the negative impacts of climate change, minimising the incidence ofdrought and halting the expansion of deserts and preventing the loss of ecologicallysustainable habitats and livelihoods. Considering the emergencies, it is argued thatadoption of faith based measures for transforming leisure use patterns is considered onpriority. Following diagram demonstrates the impact and relations that adoption of prayerand meditation 5 times a day on the consumption patterns.Men and women following the commands for prayer and meditation 5 times a day arenot likely to indulge in consumption of lots of evening post work engagements thatrequire long distance travels as this would interfere in observance of the command forprayer /salah /meditation /yoga at the appointed hours. It can be easily seen that adoptionof this command will ensure transformation of lots of consumption of fossil fuel intensiveleisure such as going to bar and dancing halls. This can be adopted along with severalother personal and community responses for reducing the emission of green houses. Faithbased responses appear to be more effective and they need to be promoted as for thisthere is no need to make additional efforts. Association of ‘conservatism’ appears to beDiscouragingexhibitionistconsumptionpatternsPromotion ofneighbourhoodtrade andeducationDebt free, interestfree ecologicallysafe financesystemEcologicallysustainableagricultureEcologically safemodels of successPromotion ofecologicallysustainabletransportSystemsFaith basedmeasures fortransformation ofleisure use patternPromotion ofecologicallysustainablehabitatsMarketing ofecologically safeconsumptionproductionEcologicallysafe strategy/developmentparadigm
  13. 13. more one of the response that some men and women may have for communication offaith based measures. But then it is important to see the importance of the adoption offaith based measure for ecological efficacy, safety, suitability, desirability and validity.Faith based responses are common and they just need to be promoted for theircontribution in the ecological wellbeing at the personal, community, social, national andglobal levels. There is an urgent need for the same.Personal faith based responsesPrayer 5/3+1 times a day for transforming leisure use pattern recognising that leisure usepatterns are one of the key social engagements that consume most of the fossil fuel basedservices and utilities .Command for prayer is common across the religious texts though itappears most prominently practiced by men and women following the communications ofMuhammad, believed to be the last messenger by Muslims (men and women submittingto the will of God/Allah/../.How adoption of prayer transform the consumption patterns and ecologically hostiletravel intensive leisure use patternsMen and women practicing prayer (salah in Arabic) do not visit dancing halls and bars asthey are more concerned about praying in time. Prayer in the morning, afternoon, aftersunset and then prayer after dinner in the homes/ mosques/ churches/synagogue/ prayerand meditation halls/work place makes them bound to focus on the necessary work only.Prayer and remembrance for them is a mean of relaxation, stress busting, socialization,and communion and so on. S/he concentrates on the essential matters in theneighbourhood and cares for them as commanded through the messengers. Secondly, theyReduction in theconsumption of fossilfuel based services andutilities throughtransformation ofleisure use patternPrayer 5/3+1 times aday for transformationof exhibitionistconsumption andleisure use patternsEcological safety withecologicallysustainable habitatsand livelihoodsgloballyReduction in theemission of greenhouse gases
  14. 14. abstain from exhibitionist consumption following the command of God/ Allah for nottransgressing the bounds/limits set by God/Allah. For dressing they believe that the bestdress is that of piety determined by the extent to which they follow the commands ofGod/ Allah. They abstain from adultery following the commands against the same as theybelieve in upholding the best standards of piety. They seek forgiveness from God/Allahfor the sinful deeds executed intentionally or unintentionally. Thus adoption of prayer 5times a day works as a guard for all the behaviours that have been prohibited in the holybooks across the religions.They donate out of the sustenance for poor following the commands for donation/zakat,khairat, fitra and sadaqah/daan.. They do not waste and thus observe the best of theideals communicated through the slogan of ‘waste not, want not’. They indulge inecologically safe consumption and believe in moderation in all matters. The middle pathcommunicated through the commands of God/Allah is best ensured through the adoptionof compulsory prayers 5 times a day. Youth, Men and men following the commands inShiv Sankalp Taru for remembrance of Ishwar are likely to have the similar bestbehaviour patterns that are ecologically safe. Their average ecological footprints arelikely to be very low. This needs to be established with communication of moreecological audits/ water audits/green audits/ energy audits/ paper audits/ food intakeaudits- a series of audits that youth, men and women following the command ofGod/Allah perform or they are supposed to perform. They ensure more and more piousbehaviour, consumption and production patterns. Centre for Ecological Audit, Inclusionand Governance along with many organisations call for generation of more piousresponses as they are directly linked to reduction in the emission of green house gases .Inter faith commonsThe inter faith commons need to be communicated and disseminated for not only globalintegration but also for addressing the critical ecological challenge that we as part ofhumanity face . Global warming is no longer a concern of a particular nations but it is anissue that we all as part of humanity face. Inter faith commons bring to the fore theunderstanding that we have common monotheistic content and messengers who upheldthe best standards of justice, communication, and struggle in their life time and foughtmen and women after utilizing the best means of persuasion. Shiv Sankalp Taru has avery interesting verse that needs to be brought in light for men and women who havespecial affinity for the Sanskrit textual tradition. The timings are very much common tothe timing followed by the Muslims. It is a command that needs to be followed by all.Muslim youths, men and women already follow that following the communication ofGod/BRAHMM communicated through the last messenger while believing thatcommands were communicated through all the messengers earlier in various languagesand lands. The commands followed by Muslims are the commands that werecommunicated through the earlier messengers were sent to all the lands to people whospoke various languages following the related verse in the holy Qur’an. Commands inShiv Sankalp Taru “Ishwar smarate panch awasare” calls for remembrance of Ishwarwho was neither born nor gave on five occasions in a day, every day-all the 365/366 daysof the year.Command for establishing prayer at the appointed hours exists in the Holy Qur’an.According to one count there are command for establishing salah and give zakat morethat 54 times in the holy Qur’an. There are commands in Bible and Torah. Buddhistmonotheistic tradition calls for fighting the ‘mara’ in the Dhammapada and the atheisticunderstanding calls for adoption of middle path in all the matters. Practice of meditationleads to transformation of consumption patterns. Gurus in the Sikhism and Jain traditionsare examples of austere life filled with prayer and penance. Guru Nanak was apractitioner of prayer and remembrance and he is revered for that and followed by
  15. 15. millions of Sikhs around the world. For Sikhs, it is not impossible to follow the bestpractices of Guru Nanak who established himself as a role model for millions of Sikhsaround the world. Following table shows the interfaith commons that can be adopted byall. This is being proposed considering the absence of coherent strategy in the atheisticpost-modern discourse and contingencies of the global emergencies that must beaddressed.Some keyecologicallysensitivecommandsIslamChristianityBrahmanismSikhismJudaismBuddhismJainismPrevention ofusury√ √ √ √ √ √ √Prohibition ofadultery andhomosexuality√ √ √ √ √ √ √Propagationof austerity√ √ √ √ √ √ √Protection ofthe institutionof family√ √ √ √ √ √ √Command fordonating forthe poor√ √ √ √ √ √ √Command forprayer√ √ √ √ √ √ √How an ecologically sustainable / contended reverent economy is built up with happinessfor allEcological economists are currently debating issues with the Washington consensuseconomist and fighting the TINA (there is no alternative) syndrome .Noam Chomskybelieves in the alternative economic order and so do youths of the world who throughtheir calls are wanting to see the change and taking up non-violent advocacy andcommunication for the needful change . He also believes in the alternative political andcultural order .Binary economists are calling for abolition of interest charged on the loansas they believe creation of money from thin air in the books of the bankers is responsiblefor lots of ecologically hostile and socially inequitable practices in consumption,production and distribution and leisure use patterns .Elimination of usury, fiat money propelling the ecologically hostile growth of urbanhabitats is being pointed out to be a critical factor in building a socially inclusive andecologically safe economy. Similarly, debt free credit /interest free loans are beingpromoted for zero debt distressed suicides and bankruptcies.Another major feature of contented and ecological sustainable economy is its capacityand intent for the protection of ecologically sustainable habitats with renewable resourcebased life support systems. It is simply impossible to envisage sustainability of non-renewable based transport systems in perpetuity. Search for nuclear energy and intenseresearch activity in the renewable resource based energy is a proof for this. It needs to be
  16. 16. Protection ofRenewableresource basedlivelihoodsFreedom fromworried ofenergy crisisDistributivejustice forrenewableresource basedlivelihoodsEcologicallysustainableleisure usepatternsRights torenewableresource basedhabitatsDebt freemoney/interest freeloans withpublic moneyEcologicallySustainable/Contendedreverenteconomynoted that while nuclear energy in the short run appears to be carbon neutral, but in thelong run, this is also not sustainable as there are limited resources for running thereactors. It is clear that resources such as uranium and thorium are not for all the time inthe future. Therefore, the only solution is to decelerate and regulate the consumption ofnon-renewable resource based services and utilities through instituting an ecologicallysustainable economy with the following features:1. Debt free money and interest free loans with public control on the creation of money2. Rights to renewable resource based habitats3. Ecologically sustainable leisure use patterns4. Distributive justice for renewable resource based livelihoods5. Freedom from worried of energy crisis6. Protection of Renewable resource based livelihoodsFollowing Diagram shows the essential constituents of an ecologically sustainable andsocially inclusive economy:Freedom from worries of energy crisis affecting energy intensive transportation systemsand habitats is an essential constituent of an ecologically sustainable and socially
  17. 17. equitable economy .At present most of the planners are concerned with the increasingenergy requirements and for this some countries are ready to sacrifice their ideals andfoundations of foreign policy. Left parties in India along with other parties have beenvociferously opposing the loss of independence in the foreign policy of India. It isimportant to ensure sustainability for the renewable resource based life support systemsand for this it is important to halt the loss of ecologically sustainable habitats andagricultural production methodologies. It is not possible to ensure sustainability forhabitat designs that are based on unsustainable energy sources. Therefore, it is notpossible to ensure sustainability for skyscraper laden urban habitats. Urban areas withenergy intensive shopping malls need to be brought within ecologically sustainable limits.For this to happen, it is important to support adoption of ecologically safe and sociallyinclusive governance framework.Youths and academia as drivers of change processes and communication for transition toecologically safe life support systems locally and globallyCreating debt free money and ensuring interest free loans in not quite easy as that requireschange of hearts and minds of men and women governing the various institutions whofind the proposals difficult. Success of the proposals for ecologically sustainable andsocially equitable economy and polity requires multiplication of men and women whouphold the criterion of piety. It is important that the pious men and women across theworld prohibiting peacefully what is wrong and prescribing what is right take charge ofthe governance and ensure that debt free money is created, faith based measures areadopted for mitigating the impacts of climate change. It is important to understand theneed to prepare for life after death as that would impel men and women to adopt faithbased measures more and more. Now, the signs of ecological distress are too compellingto avoid collective and personal actions for both mitigating and halting the impacts ofclimate change. Signs of ecological distress affecting the lives of billions call for takingcorrective action locally and globally. Youths and corporations who are market for non-renewable energy intensive services and utilities need to be in charge. Atheisticpostmodernist laissez faire regimen of cultural, political and moral governance needs tobe critically reviewed as they damage the survival interests of the billions in here and nowand that of future generations.Hurdles in the way/ constraintsThere are hurdles in the way for such a massive change taking place simultaneously andglobally and most pernicious among the faith based notions are that of neo-liberalatheistic ideology where market and profit devoid of the concerns of eternal interests ofmankind are permitted to have full freedom. It is dominance of atheistic neo-liberalideology that prevents men and women from adopting the faith based pious measures foraddressing the global and local challenges. Media channels such as MTV with adoringparticipation of youths indoctrinated in the atheistic visions of good life are busy increating models of copy cat consumption and leisure use patterns globally with localvernacular channels following in line. Starting with English music content in 90’s nowMTV has more of Hindi songs and dance forms with direct message for youths forcopying the ecologically leisure use pattern including partying ,dancing and drinking ofintoxicating drinks.The second hurdle is the lack on coherent national and international policy with respect toaddressing the climate change. While Kyoto protocol emission target call for reduction inthe emission of green house gases, national development strategies continue to beinspired by the perception of competitive disadvantage. It is dangerous to have suchincoherence for long time as the assessments of climate scientists are too compelling.Speaking on the occasion of a meeting to the launch the full report of the
  18. 18. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on the impacts of global warming, ProfessorMartin Parry, a climate scientist with MET office in UK and co-chairman of the workinggroup for the report said, “We are all used to talking about the impact of these changescoming in the lifetime of our children and grand children. Now we know that it is us.” Headded that politicians had wasted a decade in focussing on ways to cut emissions, and hadwoken up recently to the need to adapt. He felt that “mitigation has got all the attention,but we cannot mitigate out of this problem. We have now a choice between a damagedworld and a severely damaged world”. (The Hindu 20 September 2007)The hurdle can be seen through assessing the levels of convergence for the variousagencies and their functioning. While there are calls for higher rates of growth, they arenot assessed in the light of the demands of ecological sustainability. Even the promotionof indexes such as “sustainability index” is not getting the required attention and it hasbeen left to the discretion of the nations. There are evidences of lack of interagencycooperation and United National Development Programme (UNDP) appears to beworking against the mandate of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).Environment assessments /ministries are slighted for benefiting ecologically hostileproposals/ policies. More often than not considerations of ecological sustainability areignored for sanctioning ecologically hostile projects. This is evident from the sanction ofSpecial Economic Zones despite the violent and non-violent resistance of farmers in Indiaas they did not want to give up on their only source of ecologically sustainablelivelihoods through farming. Committee for Campaign on National Himalayan Policy forthe ecologically fragile Himalayan region in India has been calling for redefinition ofdevelopment policy.5Therefore there is a need to institute a governance framework that is both ecologicallysafe and socially inclusive with reference to poor, old, children and women, ethnic andreligious groups residing both in rural and urban habitats.Labour League Foundation along with several youth led organisations considers the needfor establishing ecologically safe and socially inclusive governance with the followingfeatures:1. A governance that is cognizant of the needs of poor, rights of farmers and villages toecologically sustainable livelihoods and habitats2. Governance that eliminates fictitious inflationary money and usurious loans createdfrom thin air and responsible for expansion of ecologically hostile habitats3. Governance that promotes pious and ecologically safe consumption and productionpattern4. A government that plans for ecologically safe disaster free future for all5. Governance that ensure ecologically safe distribution of natural resources6. Governance that works for the interests of all7. Governance that ensures policy making for the rights of children, future generationsand poor.Diagram-4Represents the key features of ecologically safe and socially inclusive education andgovernance5Peoples Declaration 2007, Rashtriya Haimalyan Niti Abhiyan Samiti,Chanakyapuri,Ghugharnala,Palampur, District-Kangra,Himachal Pradesh www.navrachna.orgEnsures the bestinterests forall /win- win forallEnsuresecologically safedistribution ofnatural resourcesRecognises therights of poor,farmers &villagers toecologicallysustainablelivelihoods andhabitatsEliminatesfictitiousinflationarymoneyresponsible forexpansion ofecologicallyhostile habitatsPromotespious andecologicallysafeconsumptionandproductionpatternPlans forecologicallysafe anddisaster freefuture for allEnsures policymaking for therights ofchildren,futuregenerationsand poorEcologicallysustainable andsociallyinclusiveEducation
  19. 19. Strategies1. Multiplication of carbon neutral neighbourhood discussions (CNNDs) across thecities and villages and disciplinesThese discussions initiated by youth and community elders in the neighbourhood wherethey gather for collective prayer, discussions and other social engagements. Therecommendations of the discussions and simultaneous action compiled at various levelswill be presented in the form of a memorandum to the local and world leader gathered invarious summits and events accelerating the generation of ecologically safe survival anddevelopment policies and multiplication of ecologically safe survival policies. Localimpacts will be generated through transformation of the leisure use pattern, consumptionpattern, production systems ensuring minimisation of emission of green house gases andgalvanising mass communication strategies for reduction in the personal contribution tothe green house gases. The discussions on the urgency of reducing green house gases leadto the transformation of personal level consumption patterns. Centre for Ecological Audit,Social Inclusion and Governance (CEASIG), a Delhi based organisation believes thatpersonal responses are critical for transformation of the consumption patterns.Unsustainable consumption patterns can be halted with the personal responses. Personalresponses are always part of the global responses. Carbon neutral neighbourhooddiscussions (CNNDs) will multiply ecologically safe responses across the urban and ruralareas.2. Multiplication of ecologically safe responses through promotion of green journalism,generation of analytic and advisory output across the universitiesProduction of analytical and advisory outputs through journalists is critical and they areone of the major stakeholders in shaping the opinions, consumption patterns. Journalistswriting on lifestyle can substantially influence the consumption pattern of people in theurban areas. They can help in shaping the tastes and defining the choices. Journalists areimportant is generating democratic consensus for halting unsustainable consumptionpatterns. In our times, journalists play a very critical and sometimes they are responsiblefor defining the social, cultural and political trends. Youth organisations call for securingthe future of villages, children and future generations with ecologically sustainablehabitats, consumption patterns while ensuring inter-species justice.3. Catalysing green academics and politicsLabour league Foundation and Centre for Ecological Audit, Social Inclusion andGovernance along with many organisations globally will be supporting the process foropen and transparent politics for instilling the importance of ecologically safe greenideals. Youth organisations will be organising meetings with the representatives of thevarious media organisations and political parties and seek inclusion of ecologicalconsiderations in editorial policies and election manifestoes. Media organisations need tobe visionary organisations and help in the preparation for an emerging future bereft ofpetro-modern6consumption, transport, habitat and production systems.4. Transformation of leisure use patternsYouth organisations and youth wish to realise the millennium development goals foreliminating the unsustainable consumption patterns and wish to do so through suggestingtransformation of the leisure use pattern. Suggestions for adoption of faith based6The phrase of Petro-modern is a coinage of Dr.Muhammad Mukhtar Alam for describing the wholeset of services and utilities that are based on fossil fuels.
  20. 20. measures that are common across the religious texts need to be taken seriously as part ofglobal cultural commons. As indicated through the diagrammatic representation of theimpact of adoption of faith based measures, youths call for generating interfaithconsensus for acting simultaneously for transforming the leisure use patterns.5. Calculation of ecological footprints, eliminating ecological rucksacks, returning to theecologically sustainable habitats of the past for securing the ecological safe future ofchildren and future generationsYouth call for dissemination of the practice of measuring ecological footprints for gettingthe desired actions for reducing the number of decisions involving emission of greenhouse gases. Similarly, awareness on the loss of rocks due to excessive mining is criticalfor eliminating the amount of ecological losses. It is critical to value the conventionalhousing designs that use mud, grass, bamboo and wood. The definition of povertyconsidering the possession of adobe dwellings as a sign of poverty needs to be revised.6. Ecological Audit of the consumption processes and patternsThe ecological audit is a concept proposed by Dr.Muhammad Mukhtar Alam, thechairman of Labour League Foundation needs to be used along with the calculation of ecological footprints, environmentaudit/ green audit for assessing the impact of various decision and consumption patterns.Globalisation of the ecological audit at all levels is needed for supporting ecologicallysustainable consumption patterns. This is important for realising the millenniumdevelopment goals for environment sustainability by the year 2015. It is proposed thatreports on sustainability index are incorporated in the formulation of the ecologically safedevelopment policy.7. Ecological Audit of the production systems / patternsProduction processes need to be assessed for ecological sustainability. There areecologically sustainable and unsustainable production processes. The workshops withcorporations interested in realising the millennium development goals will be conductedfor getting in the changes in production processes. Youths believe based on thepredictions on the oil reserves that Petro-modern production systems do not have a longfuture. Reducing energy demand for ecologically unsustainable production, consumptionpatterns is critical for halting the expansion of deserts and regularisation of rainfalls.8. Ecological Audit of the transport systems / patternsRenewable resource based transport systems are sustainable and non-renewable resourcebased transport systems are not sustainable. Ecological Audit of the transport systemsneeds to be encouraged for all organisations and ministries dealing with transport.Minimising / Eliminating travel is critical for ecologically sustainable habitats. We needto prepare for the end of petro-modern age.9. Ecological Audit of the leisure use patterns-There are leisure use patterns that do not use green house gas producing fossil fuels andthere are leisure use patterns that are based on renewable resources and that does notinvolve consumption of fossil fuels. Workshop with the neighbourhood discussion leadersand resident welfare associations needs to be conducted for necessary transformation ofleisure use patterns. Children, youths and elders need to be encouraged to adopt faithbased measures for relaxation and stress busting. There are several studies that havedemonstrated the impact of prayer and meditation on stress levels. Ecological audit of the
  21. 21. leisure engagements need to be supported for getting the desired response for reduction inthe emission of green house gases through transformation of leisure use patterns.10. Interfaith dialogue for addressing the climate change, farmer’s suicides, and socialsecurity for workers in unorganized sector and transforming finance sectorAppreciation of the common commands for prayer, donation, compassion, charity andprohibition of usury, adultery, and homosexuality is needed with wider dissemination ofthe same. Adoption of these commands addresses the challenge of climate change,ecologically hostile usurious system, AIDS and so on. Inter-faith dialogue will ensuregeneration of responses across the faith groups. Delhi has a vibrant culture of interfaithdialogue. Sant Rajinder Singh of Sawan Kripal Ashram has been conducting the same formany years. Youth organisation need to work independently or in collaboration with faithbased organisations for generating more forums of interfaith dialogue.11. National/ regional/ city/ village based conventions on Inter Faith common responsesfor addressing the climate change-Governments need to be encouraged for holding national conventions for generatingconsensus for adoption of faith based measures for addressing the climate change. Thereare cultural responses for fighting the atheistic neo-liberal cultural trends emanating fromEurope and copied by youth in the name of globalisation and modernity. NationalConvention will address the issue of climate change through adopting the interfaithcommons while preserving religious diversity and ecologically sustainable dietary,sartorial, linguistic diversities.12. Carbon neutral colloquiums / meetings / Majlis-e-Naujawan/ Yuva Harit BharatSabha/../../ across the academiaYouths propose globalisation of local efforts for contributing in the mitigation of theimpacts of climate change. Governments recognise the critical role of youths as more andmore organisations led by youths are involved in consultation. It is suggested that Greenyouth forums with vernacular names need to be formed and discussions be held withactive government support for getting the desired response pattern for halting theexpansion of unsustainable consumption pattern and leisure use pattern through adoptionof faith based measures.Conclusion:Imagining the responses of the weaker species in the face of man made onslaughts on thenon-renewable resources , many youths across the world recognise the threatsrepresented through the expression of anguish of the billions of poor who are angry,dispossessed and seeking an end to the process of non-renewable resource based usuriousfinance fuelled expansion of consumption and production pattern that is causing seriousloss of livelihood for millions across the Earth and call upon all the governments, civilsociety organisations, corporations engaged in ecologically hostile production processesto boycott the ecologically hostile usurious finance and prevent further loss ofecologically sustainable habitats that are an immediate outcome of the expansion ofecologically hostile non-renewable resource based habitats. Nations need to compete inestablishing the models of ecologically safe economy, polity and culture. Youth of theworld are ready to become a leader along with Muslims, Greens and men and women ofthe world who wish to halt the political expansion of the atheistic neo-liberal ideologythat is responsible for exacerbating the ecological distress demonstrated through theincreased incidence of drought and expansion of deserts causing suffering for millions.
  22. 22. Adaptation is the weakest response and youths call for halting the negative impacts ofclimate change. Nothing is impossible.Reference:• Yacouba Noël COULIBALY (2007), “Desertification, climate change and Forest inthe Sahel”,Center for International Forestry Research, Tropical Forest and Climate ChangeAdaptation Project, 06 BP 9478 Ouagadougou 06, Burkina Faso••••