Chocolate Industry

Global Village Idiot: Skim The Cream Of The Global Climate Crisis

We live in such a time that I must have two cancers, heart disease, debilitating skeletal disease (with titanium implants in two, preferably three of my four limbs), and yet live a normal life overcoming all obstacles, being a role model with human frailties for my children, winning ultra-marathons in arctic conditions while achieving 200% results as vice president of a global company, personally leading 1,000 people to glory while winning the grudging admiration of peers and competitors, even with frequent blackouts due to mental pressures, but overcoming blackouts early enough – all known and followed by millions of people every day … for anyone to take my opinions and advice seriously enough to act or change his life.

What then can an ordinary person who fights ordinary battles expect from the world? Battles such as abject poverty, malnutrition, unemployment, discrimination, lack of access to education and opportunities? And why are billions of people facing such hardships when millions more have more than enough resources to take care of the world?

Because it is a question of property and a conflict of values.

There are some things I don’t share either. I will not hesitate to share memories, food, opportunities or resources, but I eat ice cream on my own. I don’t like to share ice cream, even with my kids. They can have everything else, but no ice cream. Not a spoon. And I mean not a spoon on my three liters. I eat vanilla, mango, and dark chocolate and buy a quart of each and eat two maybe three bowls of each at a time. Fortunately, this is an event once or twice a year.

Topping the list, I don’t share Diary Milk and Five Star chocolates.

At first glance, I have no reason for this behavior and these are luxury items that are not necessities by any stretch of the imagination. But it gives me peace to keep them to myself.

I think everyone in the world who has money has things they don’t share. Some will not share the land, some will not share the natural resources, others will not share equal opportunity or prosperity.

And so, it is also with the nations.

I’ve read about COP26, reports on climate action, the G20, activists and pressure groups and it seems to me that there are two different value systems at work: on the one hand, the developed countries who see themselves as the leaders, guardians and progressives the moral nurturers of the world, those who imagined and shaped the chocolates of the world and do not want to give up their chocolates but want others to pay for their desires in the name of ‘a better world. On the other hand, is the rest of the world developing, somewhat developed and poor nations.

There was a time when chocolate was a handcrafted item that had meaning, cultural value, and social significance. Today it is a mass-produced pedestrian addiction that contributes to millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide, deforestation and questionable labor practices in the developing countries where the ingredients come from. basic. The highest value chain industry reaping the benefits meanwhile is in developed countries.

Aside from the ridiculous trade imbalance thus created, there is also a related emissions imbalance created – the bulk of emissions in some industries typically occur at the raw material stage, with the remainder at the production, storage and disposal stages. the distribution. Since developing countries and poor countries are usually forced to sell raw materials at low prices for large volumes and then have to buy finished products at high prices, they do not have the money to develop or develop. buy technology to improve their lot and are therefore dependent on nations that get richer and richer by spreading the same values ​​to their children and grandchildren – to talk about values ​​and sharing but sucking up resources as a right of birth due to trade agreements and then be the benevolent guardian of the world.

The way I figured it out, I should stop consuming chocolate (among a lot of other things I don’t need to exist) to save the world, but if I do, it impacts jobs and industry in developed and developing countries and therefore wise people are now deciding how much chocolate I should eat until when so that all is well in the world and also who is going to pay how much to whom for s ensuring the chocolate industry improves by sourcing responsibly and green and blue so that we can all continue to eat chocolate and still save the world, together.

I love the way these skewed accounts of “us” are created by people and organizations commissioned to rule the world. As the world stumbles from one economic crisis to the next, they “advise” resilience.

It’s confusing for ordinary people like me.

I think the leaders of the developed world have to make up their minds. Is climate change a serious threat or not? If so, developed countries must stop playing trade negotiations 101, 201, 301 with developing countries. In case they haven’t noticed, we have our own very strong leaders now.

I do not share the chocolates and ice cream processed by the industry because I consider them an unhealthy choice given the number of complex industrial processes involved. I am happy to indulge myself from time to time but I don’t want others to get used to it. I share specific traditional sweets and unbranded churned ice creams like kulfi with friends, family and acquaintances as they are always handcrafted with local and seasonal ingredients in a traditional and always eco-friendly way. , because harmony with nature and non-waste are a traditional approach. to live. Sustainability is a new exercise in global branding. But if we dig into the traditional practices of most cultures around the world, we will find that they were all in harmony with nature, to begin with. Developed countries have imposed non-harmonious methods of advancing world convenience for their prosperity.

I realize that I don’t need chocolate to have a happy life. And millions more are aware that they don’t need or want the low-end opportunities created by these industrial products.

It will take much more than twisted and boisterous rhetoric from developed countries for the rest of the world to now abandon its local logic and values ​​- that’s how we got here in the first place.

Sanjay Mukherjee, author, learning technology designer and management consultant, is the founder of Mountain Walker and the chief strategic advisor of Peak Pacific. He can be reached @ [email protected]