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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

Everyone has a part to play in this planetary crisis which affects the survival of humanity,” Justice Weeramantry

Stockholm, 10 December, (Asiantribune.com): The planet is being polluted most irresponsibly, and human beings are polluting it irreparably and polluting it for thousands of years to come warns, Justice Christopher Weeramantry. He said that the problem is that people do not have the necessary information and they do not have the necessary sensitivity to these problems. If they did have this information and sensitivity they would do what they could to save the future for their children and their children’s children, cautioned the recipient of The Right Livelihood award for 2007 in Stockholm last Friday.Justice Christopher Weeramantry : we must condemn nuclear energy because the pollutants resulting from generation of such energy pollute the environment for upwards of 20 thousand years. Justice Christopher Weeramantry : we must condemn nuclear energy because the pollutants resulting from generation of such energy pollute the environment for upwards of 20 thousand years.

Justice Christopher Weeramantry was speaking to Asian Tribune in Stockholm, after receiving The Right Livelihood award for 2007.

In an exclusive interview with Asian Tribune, he spoke about ‘The Right Livelihood Conference and pointed out that the conference was an enormous success in drawing attention to the dangers facing to humanity at this critical point in history.

He said that the vast majority of people are good, well meaning citizens who wished to protect their children and do what they can for them. He added that this is the largest issue involving their children’s right and yet they do very little about that. “The burden is therefore on us to carry to them the necessary information and to show them that every single individual has a part to play in this planetary crisis which affects the very survival of the humanity Justice Christopher Weeramantry.

Justice Christopher Weeramantry speaks to Asian Tribune:

The conference has been an enormous success in drawing attention the need for active work, in drawing attention to the dangers facing to humanity at this critical point in history. When even the future of civilization seem could well be at stake.

There are numerous changes, unprecedented nature, which we are encountering just at this time. Which can destroy all the values that have been built up? After thousands of years and human efforts, these dangers include the danger from nuclear weapons, dangers from the manipulation of human genes, the dangers from depletion of the earth’s resources thought unrestrained exploitation. The dangers of climate change and even the danger of creating hybrids between humans and other forms of lives.

All these are combining at this present stage and never were a generation under greater responsibility to act urgently to save the human future. This is a trust and an obligation which owe to the future generation and to our children. Our obligation is to relate to the general public through out the world of these dangers and to what each individuals should do to counteract this.

The problem is that people do not have the necessary information and they do not have the necessary sensitivity to these problems. If they did have this information and sensitivity they would do what they could to save the future for their children and their children’s children.

The vast majority of people are good, well meaning citizens who wished to protect their children and do what they can for them.

This is the largest issue involving their children’s right and yet they do very little about that. The burden is therefore on us to carry to them the necessary information and to show them that every single individual has a part to play in this planetary crisis which affects the very survival of the humanity.

As Martin Luther King said, we suffer not for the wrong doings of the wicked people, but for the inaction of the good people. I may also quote Gandhi in this connection, for he said that the world has enough resources to satisfy everybody’s needs but not everybody’s greed.

One of the problems we encounter is the power and wealth of the multi-national co-operations many of which are wealthier than the majority of the nation’s states. Their power is used to increase their profit and consideration of the human future does not generally stand in their way.

This award ceremony has drawn attention to all of these problems in a memorable manner there has been reference to the manner in which genetically modified crops are being propagated all over the world and the rights of the farmers are being extinguished by the multi-national co-operation which claim ownership of the genetically modified crops, that has get into farmer’s land even without farmer’s knowledge through wind and other means of dissemination.

Hundreds of farmer’s have been dispossess of their crops by these multi-national companies on the basis of their patent rights. There cannot be in my view any patent in living things because once we admit that principal there will be no limits to which it can be taken.

Another area where action is necessary is in regards to renewable energy. Here again immense amount of work has to be done to harness the necessary solar and wind energy. And this conference has focused the attention on a unique advanced on this area in Bangladesh; their solar energy has been brought to millions of homes.

We exhausting our fossil resources and polluting the environment irretrievably by the wasteful manner in which we now generate energy.

Most of all we must condemn nuclear energy because the pollutants resulting from generation of such energy pollute the environment for upwards of 20 thousand years.

There is no known way of disposing this waste material, which is now often buried deep in the ground, very often at the government’s expense. Whoever, can predict that there will be no earthquakes or land use for the next 25 thousand years which will be affect this material.

In short, we are polluting the planet, most irresponsibly, we are polluting it irreparably and we are polluting it for thousands of years to come.

If we only needed the wisdom that has been build up in all worlds’ culture for thousands of years we will not act in this irresponsible manner.

The Native Americans had a tradition that no action should be taken concerning land without thinking of seven generations to come. African wisdom stresses that the community of human has three facets, those who went before us, those who are alive here and now and those who are yet to come. Archbishop Tutu has pointed this out in his lecturers. Any decision taken with regard to all these 3 facets would be a lop-sided decision.

Likewise all the world’s religions talks about out duties towards future generation. One of the best known historical examples of this is the sermon preached by Arahat Mahinda the son of Emperor Ashoka to King Devanampiya Tissa who was on a hunting trip. The monk told the king that although he was the king of the country he was not the owner of the land but only a trustee of it who have to look after the benefit of all who are using it and who would have to use it in the future.

This conference has drawn attention to the need for life time service in these causes. In such causes which are of importance to the global future. It has given much encouragement towards generating more interest in this field and encouraging more people to join in this effort.

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