THE only time that we seem to notice that there is something wrong with the
air we breathe is when the thick smoke from the forest fires in Indonesia cloud
our vision and choke our nostrils.
While we rightly chafe at the little that has been done to stamp out the haze,
we now stand accused of doing even less than our neighbour in controlling
man-made greenhouse gases.
Indonesia ranks 43th in the 2007 Climate Change Performance Index compiled by
the Berlin-based NGO Germanwatch, 12 places above us. Only Saudi Arabia prevents
us from propping up the table.
In the big picture of climate change, what we do or do not do about global
warming counts for little. This much is clear from the country’s status as a
Non-annex 1 nation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, and the dispensation from reducing emissions that it carries.
Even Sweden and Britain, who are doing the most to protect ...