The 14th Memorial Lecture

Every year, since its inception, the Foundation invites an eminent person to deliver a lecture on a issue close to late Justice Bhandare's heart. The fourteenth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture wan deliever by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachuari, Chariman, Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007. Dr. Pachauri spoke on "Ethics and the Challenge of Climate Change" at Chinmaya Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission on Wednesday,17th December, 2008.

Dr. Pachauri said that he considered it a privilege to deliver this extremely important lecture and said that we would like to build a civilization in a world where we would not have to regret for our actions. He described the entire issue of climate change as an issue of ethics. Over the years, scientists have been warning us of the serious implications of climate change, a crisis precipitated by unbridled industrialization. But we have ignored the warning. Dr. Pachauri lamented that very little has been done to counter the effects of emission of harmful gases, which has increased menacingly over the past three decades. We are so drunk with the desire to produce more and consume more that we lose track of intergenerational equity. The creators of the danger are least affected, whereas developing countries have to pay the price, for they do not have early warning systems and effective disaster management set-ups. The need of the hour is sustainable development so that we can meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generation.

Drawing a parallel between global warming and terrorism, the two biggest challenges to our civilization, Dr. Pachauri said, both had an ethical dimension. He asserted that terrorism is the outcome of exploitation of the poores of the poor. Without exploit tation cannot happen. Similarly, the warning of scietists have been ignored for more than a century and the result is that climate change is a reality now. Problems have been caused by one set of countries and conseuences have to be faced by another set of countries. Those who have caused the environmental problem mus provide funds by which clean-up exercise can be carried out.

We need a new ethic at national level, a new ethic at international level, and above all, a new ethic at the level of human beings. And if we have this attitude, we can certainly meet the challenges posted by global climate change effectively. If we do not that, generations to come, and perhaps the present generation itself, will blame us for being totally irresponsible, if not criminal, he said.

Hon'ble Shri Justice Arijit Pasayat, Judge, Supreme Court Of India , Who Was The Chief Guest, Said That We Have To Take Care Of Nature At Least For Our Future Generations. Nature Will Punished Us If We Continue To Expooit It For Our Narrow Selfish Gains. In This Contex, He Quoted Lines From A Poem By S.T. Coleridge, A Famous English Romantic Poet:"Water,Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink."

Presiding Over The Foundation, Shri Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court Said That The World Is One Global Village, And The Entire World Has To Deal With The Problem Arising Out Of Climate Change Collectively . We Are Committing A Crime Against Nature, And Now We Have To Take Corrective Measures. Justice Leila Seth Paid A Rich Tribute To Late Justice Sunanda Bhandare. She Said, She Could Hardly Belive That It Was Already 14 Years Since Justice Bhandare Passed Away. She Still Remembered Her Bright Eyes And Smiling Face. She Said That India Has Always Been Conscious Of All Living Being And Adherence To Consumption Norms Form Integral Parts Of Our Culture. It Is Important For A Developing Country Like Ours To Ensure That Challenges Posed By Climate Change Are Effectively Met.