This is a historic opportunity for India to take the lead in shaping the global sustainability agenda. Backed by a strong electoral mandate, the new Indian government has been actively rooting for clean technology and energy efficiency in its endeavor to pursue a low-carbon growth model.
The 195 governments represented in Warsaw appear to be wearing their own ideological blinders, placing the planet and future generations in very real peril. National self-interest, it seems, outweighs global necessity.
Last Monday, ACS student NGO observer Marla Bianca, a chemistry and environmental science student at Moravian College in Pennsylvania, sat on the floor with U.N. chief climate negotiator Christiana Figueres and other youth discussing the importance of youth involvement.