Over the last few decades we are facing a rapidly increasing global demand for natural resources which are finite, and the same trend is expected in the near future. Unsustainable global patterns of production and consumption have led to resource depletion, environmental damage and economic shocks, leading the international community to take resource use issues seriously.
With a GDP growth rate of 7.6% in 2015-16, India is touted as the world’s fastest growing major economy. However, the paradox of India’s growth story is that its economic prosperity has come at the cost of rising social inequality and unsustainable consumption of natural resources. India ranks a low 135 amongst 187 countries on the HDI (Human Development Index), with 58% of its population lacking the means to meet essential needs. According to the Global Footprint Network, India’s ecological footprint exceeded its bio-capacity by 160% in 2012. Further, India’s development faces a very real risk of being severely impacted by climate change.
Seminar on ‘Environment-friendly toilet waste water treatment system’ on 7th February, 2017 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM Development Alternatives Headquarters, New Delhi.
Stakeholder Dialogue-I on ‘Mainstreaming Sustainable Social Housing in India Project (MaS-SHIP)’ on 8th February, 2017 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at Development Alternatives Headquarters, New Delhi
The current development trajectory of India has many adverse social and environmental implications. With a GDP growth rate of 7.6% in 2015-16, India is touted to be the world’s fastest growing economy. However, the paradox of India’s story is that this economic prosperity has come at the cost of social inequalities and unsustainable environment use. In order to move towards sustainable development that provides better quality of life for all within the ecological limits of the planet, we believe there is a need to revamp the principles governing our economic systems. We think this new agenda should be driven by a green, fair, and transparent economy approach. The basic premise of a green, fair and transparent economy is that there can be ways to eradicate poverty and foster sustainable development without harming the environment.
Laurie Baker once said, “Our modern, advanced scientific minds should know how to assess the merits and demerits of historical and factual evidence of the way people who have lived in a particular setting and climate, and have coped with the problems which are still inevitably ours today. To brush aside all this demonstration and evidence as old-fashioned and therefore useless is extremely foolish. Having made our assessment, we would show ourselves capable of adopting the lessons...
Local community institutions driving natural resource and livelihood security in Agriculture
With a GDP growth rate of 7.6% in 2015-16, India is said to be the world’s fastest growing major economy. However, the paradox of India’s growth story is that this economic prosperity has come at the cost of social inequalities and an unsustainable use of the environment. India ranks a low 135 among 187 countries on the Human Development Index, with 58% of the population lacking means to meet essential needs. According to the Global Footprint Network, India’s ecological footprint exceeded its capacity by 160 % in 2012. In addition, India’s development faces a very real risk of being impacted by climate change. India stands 18th in the world on the Climate Risk Index with a score of 38.50 (Kreft & Eckstein, 2013), indicating a high level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme events.
Policy Shifts for implementing SDGs in India.