World Environment Day 2015 – Today, the 5th of June – Significance for India?

Well, June 5 may be taken as just another date in calendar. However, it may also be used to reflect on the current status of Environment and climatic conditions. For developing countries like India, this reflection is more relevant. On one hand, India with its burgeoning population, struggles to manage  current resource utilization and waste management ; on the other, it wants (& needs) to develop rapidly, unfortunately placing further demand on a fragile environment base. So what does India do? Ignore environment and go full-on on development? CAN INDIA REALLY DO THAT???

Seeing at the current climatic imbalance, I think answer should be NO.

Let me explain: In the previous posts, it was discussed that how un-seasonal rains in March caused a major loss to Indian Economy; and now it is the forecast of ‘deficient rainfall’ during the monsoon months of June to August.

Not that it is the first time monsoon is forecasted to be abnormal; but this is second year in a row and it can impact India majorly – How? A few ways listed…

  1. Fifty percent of its population is dependent on Agriculture (Economic Times, 2014); lower monsoon rains mean lower agricultural productivity and production; causing a direct impact on the income and purchasing power of this segment of population
  2. Farmers are already under great stress due to recent unseasonal rains and existing lacunae in Indian agricultural sector; and for smaller, indebted farmers, lower monsoon rains spell DISASTER and DOOM – a social tragedy for India
  3. Industries like fertilizers; agri-banking; food-processing; textiles etc. would face a direct hit due to lower agricultural input and output – another way how Indian economy will be adversely impacted.
  4. Inflation can face a major spike through two ways – lesser power generation as hydro-electric power generation will go down; diesel demand to go up; and increase in price of food and other supplies due to decreased supply.

While growth will be adversely impacted, inflation can see a surge for all segments of population – an almost ‘WORST-CASE SCENARIO’ for India. Stock markets have already started displaying this sentiment. (Economic Times, 2015)

So India needs to be concerned about climate change; and hence needs to put Environment concerns on equal footing as Development.

To me, this is the “Only Way Going Forward…!”

Happy World Environment Day Everyone!

References:

Economic Times (2014) http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-02-27/news/47739698_1_population-china-and-india-mechanisation

Economic Times (2015) http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/monsoon-may-slow-down-fmcgs-run-in-stock-market/articleshow/47547272.cms

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3 responses to “World Environment Day 2015 – Today, the 5th of June – Significance for India?

  1. anil agnihotrj

    I agree with you regardinconcern about climate change in Indian perspective. We in India talk big about environment but hardly work for the sustainable development. I shall be sending you two papers. I shall appreciate your feedback
    with kindest regards
    anil agnihotri

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  2. Reblogged this on Patte and commented:
    By no means we can ask nature to pour more rain or undo the imbalance between the environment and climate. This imbalance was not inevitable but we made it by being ignorant. If a century before, the people who were designing the future also took the account for climate change and had found the ways to off set the adverse effects of industrialisation then I would not have been writing this article right now.

    Well blaming is not a solution to this problem. It’s time for us to make some moves in the direction which was unchosen before. Because whatever is happening or will happen is going to effect us only.

    It’s World Environment day, a great day to start working towards the fixing of nature. Our first project land has got full water supply today. Now we are able to take care of the saplings and some grown up plants there. This will also speed up new plantation. We will soon upload photos and videos. You can follow the blog for updates and like us on Facebook.
    PATTE – Plant a tree to Enhance.

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