A Subaltern View of Climate Change

By Dunu Roy on Aug. 6, 2015 in Perspectives

In the context of the ongoing debate on climate change and the policies that nation states need to adopt to limit the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the author poses a relevant question: instead of asking what would happen to the world if everyone were to consume energy at the level of the rich "developed" American, we can now enquire why everyone is not consuming at the level of the above-poor "developing" Indian? He also suggests that the way the poor adapt, migrate and progress provides not just a sustainable approach to climate change but also one that addresses resource use.

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First published by Economic & Political Weekly

Story Tags: Climate Change, Climate Adaptation, carbon emissions, Sustainable Consumption Line, alternative approach, carbon footprint, environmental issues, environmental impact, ecology, ecological sustainability, sustainability


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