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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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No surrender

Given this impasse, should Asian countries throw up their hands and surrender to fate? Of course not. Taking refuge in defensive finger pointing, epitomized by rejecting any effort aimed at reining in their energy consumption as an attempt to derail their development, is not an option either.

For the countries of Asia, the failure of the rich countries to come up with their own strategies for coping with climate change and other environmental threats is reason enough to devise their own programmes. The cynicism in the West’s outlook must be accepted as part of the reality shaping the challenge that the rest of the world has to live with. So they should look at how they can determine their own fate, not only because they may be able ...

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