ANIL AGAR­WAL, ed­i­tor, Down To Earth

Down to Earth - - DEBATE -

Two is­sues come to mind: one con­cerns re­source use, the other con­cerns pol­lu­tion and tox­ics. The pres­sure to gen­er­ate for­eign ex­change will def­i­nitely have an im­pact on our land and forests. On the tox­ics side, lib­er­al­i­sa­tion will mean that tech­nol­ogy will come in with­out ad­e­quate checks. Econ­o­mists tell us that the en­vi­ron­ment is an ex­ter­nal­ity. The cost of dam­ages is borne by fu­ture gen­er­a­tions or by the pow­er­less, namely the poor. There­fore, the ar­gu­ment is that we must in­ter­nalise it. But any price is ar­rived at through ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween a buyer and a seller. In this case, who is the buyer of nat­u­ral re­sources and who is the seller? We want more rapid growth. But who is go­ing to con­trol re­sources?

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