Climate change and parliament

Excerpts from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha debates

Authored by: Suresh Prabhu

Handbook of Climate Change and India

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781849713580
eBook ISBN: 9780203153284
Adobe ISBN: 9781136521584


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The three sections in this chapter provide a collective snapshot of how India’s parliament has engaged with climate change. An opening perspective by Hon. Suresh Prabhu, MP and former Minister, Environment and Forests, discusses both the potential for and limitations of India’s Parliament as a primary point of interface with climate politics. Following this perspective are two sets of excerpts from debates held in the Indian Parliament: one before the Copenhagen climate negotiations in the Lok Sabha, and one after Copenhagen in the Rajya Sabha. Selections from these debates were chosen in order to provide a flavour of the breadth of the debate, and also to provide both critique and defence of government actions. These debates have been reproduced here with permission from the Hon. Speaker of Lok Sabha and the Hon. Chairman of Rajya Sabha. (Editor’s Note)

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