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January 2011

Bill Gates’ Unique Green Plan for India

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft & one of the largest non-profit organization’s in the world; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is all about helping India and other developing countries in solving their main issues.

The focus of his campaign is usually on research and supply of medications for various diseases. In an attempt to eradicate tuberculosis in countries such as India, his Foundation, which is trying to halve the 9 million children under five who die every year, has offered $100,000 grants to those who believed they had a “good idea”.

But Bill Gates does not support a ‘green’ movement for the Indian poor. He says, “Slowing population growth and making lives healthier will have much bigger effect on sustainable development than conventional energy savings plans,” and so he emphasizes these plans more so than any recycling plan or saving energy schemes.

“We don’t want to sustain a situation where the bottom two billion use very little energy. For every year for the next 100 years, more energy will be used,” Gates said. “You can say people should cut back, but it is not a solution and it is not going to happen. We want people to have better lives. You can’t have the world telling those people in other emerging markets to use less energy than in Europe,” he added.

Gates hits important points in the green movement. Due to the population and size of India saving energy on a daily basis or cutting back water cannot really solve the environmental issues. Things like complete lifestyle changes, adopting to new clothing and food habits are at the core. And for the most poor, a serious attention needs to be paid to family planning if India is to truly go ‘green.’

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Clearing of Forests to become Faster

Jairam Ramesh, minister of envrionment in India, in a closed door meeting with industrialists got plans together for faster clearing of forests.

The plan known as ‘compensatory afforestation’, will allow industry folk to request clearance of forests ahead of time. Ramesh said that out of 70 million hectares of forest land in India, 28 are marked as degraded. These will be the areas which will get the green light for early afforestation.

But it should be done on the clear understanding that the ownership of that land does not pass to the industry, the Minister said.

“It is not used as a captive plantation for the industry. This would be regeneration of forests. I think this may be one solution to the problems we are having about forest clearances,” Ramesh said.

The deal is a bittersweet one. As industry grows, so too does pollution. Reforestation sounds nice on paper (or screen) but thousands of trees have to be cut to print these statements.

Is it a good plan for the environment? Or is it one that benefits industry more? You decide.

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