Asian Confluence Center, Lady Veronica Lane, Laitumkhrah, Shillong, Meghalaya 793003
Asian Confluence and Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany hosts a discussion on “Green Economy: Promises and Pitfalls”
Asian Confluence, Shillong Centre hosted a fascinating presentation by Ms. Barbara Unmüzig, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany on the topic of green economy and its ramifications throughout the world. Special emphasis was laid on the preservation of biodiversity and protection of the livelihood of communities in the state of Meghalaya. Ms. Barbara was of the opinion that not every aspect of established concepts of institutional green economy players was ethically and socially correct. Green economy does not imply grabbing or destroying peoples land and livelihood to preserve and protect the planetary bio-diversity. Neither does capitalizing green economy to use it as a platform for corporate profiteering makes any sense.
The right approach, even though a complicated one, is mandatorily engaging people and communities in the policy making stages of sustainable green economy business channels.
Ms. Barbara hinted briefly on the North South divide and the all too familiar argument that the North is clearly and historically responsible for the state of the climatic change occurring in the planet today due of historical fossil fuel economy. But she argued that this is a scientific fact and no apologies could bring us back the pristine planet we had. But green economy protagonists like herself and her organisation would wish to ask developing countries and emerging countries not to repeat the colossal blunder of the North and further plunge the planet to a vortex of self-destruction for our future generations.
The occasion was graced by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul Sangma, who in his speech emphasized the significance of Meghalaya’s natural resources and the need for participation of the people in decision-making processes. Dr. Sangma spoke about the fascinating sustainable value chain attributes of the bamboo in Meghalaya – from flooring to vinyl and from utensils to handicrafts as an example in the case for sustainable green economy.