The third Plenary of the Conference focused on the ethics of climate change. Chaired by Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International, the session had several speakers from industry, government and civil society presenting their viewpoints. Rini Dutta, a post graduate student from Gujarat University, shared ways of understanding the challenges and opportunities of climate change from the perspective of youth.
Focusing on energy efficiency, Prasad Menon of Tata Power emphasized the need to convince industry stakeholders and business owners about the long term benefits of addressing sustainability. Dr. S K Nanda, Secretary, Department of Forests, Government of Gujarat, highlighted the ethical principles of equity; ‘polluter pays' and the right to development and sustainability which need to be reflected in adaptation and mitigation programmes. Professor Brendan Mackey of the Australian National University said that the Earth Charter can unblock the UNFCCC negotiations by resolving the ethically challenging questions, mostly concerning common but differentiated responsibilities.