World leaders need to experience the pain and suffering of extreme weather events before they will agree on a global deal on the climate, an Indian guru who follows negotiations says.
His Holiness Shri Shri 1008 Soham Baba, who attends every set of UN climate negotiations and is an active campaigner in India and Bangladesh, told RTCC ambition and political will could only be generated by ministers feeling the pain of loss.
“If we have ambition in life we can make it a mission,” he said “But here most world leaders’ ambition is very low. I don’t like to say the word failure because I believe in hope always, but to achieve here you need huge ambition, and that is missing.
“The missing link is green awareness, the people and leaders are missing that awareness. For these problems you have to visualize how does it feel when a mother is holding three children and one has to go – the child is crying and asking why she is protecting his other brothers but not him.
“Somebody is dying in the Sundarban Delta because there is nothing to eat. Leaders need to see this in their own life – then the awareness will come, and that is the missing link.”