What is the way ahead?
When there is a solution to control stubble burning through straw management machinery, why does the central/state governments not ramp up the subsidized supply of these units to farmers? We cannot burn farmers for this but the government directly. While the Punjab and Haryana CMs, care a hoot about it, is it not time for our glamorous PM Modi to step in and do something about it??
We really and truly feel responsible for our children and they do NOT deserve such a life and neither do we. more
At the same time do your part to influence your family's, neighbours' and community's behaviour towards a better environment. more
8. Solid waste conversion of many states and districts are in disarray when world considers waste as the future source of energy. Along with solar energy the entire world is looking forward to waste as hope for future. Negligence in sorting of waste at source is a major hindrance to waste management in India.
9. PARADIGMS OF PLANNING: Currently planning is focused on three sectors viz. the production sector (ie. agriculture, fisheries, animal Husbandry, mining etc.), the manufacturing sector (ie. processing, steel industry, automobile etc.) and the service sector (like sales & marketing, insurance, health service, counseling, communication). While, the two last mentioned sectors depend primarily on production, production requires primary inputs like land, water, energy which are drawn mainly from nature/ environment. If production is unable keep pace with the demands of either manufacturing or service sector, a supply constraint may ensue which in turn may not only affect the growth rate of manufacturing and service sectors, but would also result in inflation denying access to end user/ consumer especially of the poor. The service sector has already seen layoffs and retrenchments. Inflation forces the government to revise the pay and allowance.
10. CONCLUDING POLICY ISSUES: A policy of “plenty production” must not use nature at rates that are not replenished naturally. Scientific evidence indicates this to be happening and suggests the need to invest in environmental assets, sustainability and biodiversity. Changing life style and growing population increase pressure on land, water and energy. Addressing economic meltdown politically or economically (neglecting nature) will provide only a symptomatic relief. It is necessary to deliberate development on a pragmatic canvas supplementing the (three) traditional sectors with the nature (ie. science of environment) and human behavior (ie. science of the soul). more
5. Law and justice: Matters that looked legally fine need not deliver justice always: For example forest rules of Andhra Pradesh require more than 7 committees to screen an application for use (explore) forest resources. Pastorals seeking permission to collect fodder find it extremely cumbersome, while business giants can afford to engage good lawyers to get sanction through well drafted petitions. Pastorals find it easier to bribe the forest guard than seek cumbersome permit. Recent detection of illegal quarrying and alleged involvement of public men are examples legality does not deliver justice, but encourage corruption.
6. Legal decrees in India that support sustainable development: Supreme Court of India has already come to the rescue of environment. If we test the provisions of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) most of they can be seen violating the ruling of SC in 1996. Kerala stand out in this aspect; the per capita land holding of the state is 0.1 hectare and cropping percentage is >115%. more