The way forward for the country may well be 30 years late if Denmark is to be of any example.
At least this is my reading from NYT’s Freidman “The Copenhagen That Matters” which is basically about the painful steps took by the EU country with 5 million people after finding out she was overly dependent on Middle East black gold.
Sustainability policies and active acts often come into place only when matters become far too pressing.
It was unfortunate for the so-called “Climategate” to have happened when it did as it took much of the sting of global warming from the world leaders attending the Copenhagen 2009 Climate Conference.
So in the end, NOTHING came from the much hyped event.
We did promise a 40% reduction in CO2 emission by the year 2020.
Whether it’s a promise (conditional that it was) we can deliver is at best a gamble.
Let’s face it: environmental matters seemed the least of our concerns.
If my reading in the political direction of the country is correct, Malaysians care only about one thing: The Economy. At least that seems to be the thrusts where the current government is concerned.
Never mind lo.
During a trip to Kitakyushu many, many moons ago, I discovered that it was disgruntled mothers who kicked off the so-called green movement of the city.
Grabbing the matters of their children’s wellbeing by the balls, the mothers of Kitakyushu in the 1960’s began pushing hard for a cleanup of the smog-filled industrial city, complete with its mercury enriched sludge-filled bay.
Those days are long gone for the city after much effort and funding.
We don’t have anything resembling such catalyst that could push for such a concerted effort to be made.
Sure, our verdant forest and green hills continue to be raped and plundered for the red earth, space and valuable timbers that it has plenty, but, hey, that is happening not in my neighborhood.
Just last weekend during a trip up north I came across a hill in Kedah with a grotesque half cut look of exposed red earth and green forest.
The hills in the once paddy-king state look a lot like molehills that jut out amidst flat plains.
I supposed the hill will be completely leveled in my next trip up north.
It’s a sad reflection of the country that we seemed to be going backwards in recent years in all matters concerned, so much so that the winning of the ASEAN Games football gold is welcomed with quite the euphoria.
It is like we are starting from scratch again.
Just where is it that we took a wrong turn in realizing this dream of a country which would flourish together with its populace?
I have asked this same question over and over again in many posting but until now, there is simply no answer.
Instead we get braggarts boasting boastful rhetoric’s, institutions neglecting their responsibilities, authorities acting like Maharajahs of old and countless other abomination in clear signals of a country slipping into an abyss.
M Nasir could well be spot on when he sang: “Jangan sampai makan rasuah, Nanti bangsa jadi musnah..” all those years ago.
When you think of it, all the above has a common denominator and it is that of bleeding the country’s resources to fatten ourselves up.
Well, a select few of us anyway.
Sustainability be damned.