We did not make large emission reduction commitments. However, there is dismay at our making unilateral declarations on emission cuts.
We need to assess our own interests. It is time that we shed this ostrich like attitude and initiate various cost effective measures of environment protection.
We have expertise in frugal engineering and our solutions to specific problems can be low cost. We need not ape the solutions found by western nations. They are expensive and not suitable for us.
We need not make commitments at international fora but we should initiate this process quietly and encourage investments in new technologies.
Energy conservation, potable water, sewage and waste water re-cycling need attention. The low cost water purifier "Svach" from Tatas is one such example.
We must not shirk from cleaning up our act and also take advantage of "green"business opportunities.