25 September, 2020

No Lessons Learnt

India needs a different path, at once ecologically sustainable and socially equitable.

No Lessons Learnt
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Is climate change for real? Well, most available evidence suggests we have a climate crisis...and this is evidence from both widespread indigenous peoples’ and community observations of changes, as also modern scie­n­tific studies. So when Modi says these things, he is ignoring the mounting evidence of a climate cri­sis. Worse, when his government proceeds with aggres­s­ive plans of expanding coal mining and thermal power (with ecologically illiterate advice such as the latest from the Forest Survey of India saying 90 per cent of coal-bearing forest areas can be mined!), clearing other polluting industries, and expanding infrastructure that will greatly increase vehicular use, all of these at the expense of forests and wetlands, we’ll be dealing with a double-climate change whammy.

India has justifiably pointed to the need for industrialised countries to take action on climate change because of their overwhelming historical responsibility. But this position is ethically weakened if it refuses to take domestic action, given its rapidly...

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