Eco­log­i­cal Man­i­festo

India Business Journal - - READERS' LOUNGE -

From fa­tal heat­waves and cruel droughts to dev­as­tat­ing floods and fast-de­plet­ing wa­ter ta­bles, cli­mate change is the great­est dis­rup­tor of our time - and it can no longer be ig­nored. For most of us, the odds seem over­whelm­ing and so­lu­tions seem out of reach. Yet, in this force­fully-ar­gued book, cli­mate change prac­ti­tioner, teacher and in­vestor Mridula Ramesh em­pha­sises that while the sit­u­a­tion is grim, it is not with­out hope.

Draw­ing on her ex­ten­sive prac­ti­cal and in­vest­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, she ex­plores myr­iad facets of this rag­ing is­sue: Why women are pe­cu­liarly af­fected by a warm­ing cli­mate? How cli­mate change poses a se­cu­rity threat to the In­dian State? Why just fo­cus­ing on green sources of power is an in­com­plete so­lu­tion for In­dia? How man­ag­ing waste can cre­ate hun­dreds of thou­sands of ur­ban jobs? How house­holds can cope in a 'Day Zero' wa­ter sit­u­a­tion? In do­ing so, she shows how cli­mate war­riors - from the cot­ton fields of Pun­jab and thriv­ing eco start-ups in Ben­galuru, to a for­est guardian in As­sam and the jo­hads of Ra­jasthan - have em­ployed in­ge­nu­ity and ini­tia­tive to adapt to the chang­ing con­di­tions and some­times re­verse their shat­ter­ing ef­fects. Timely, ur­gent and thought­pro­vok­ing, this book is an ur­gent call to ac­tion and an es­sen­tial man­i­festo for ev­ery In­dian cit­i­zen to fol­low.

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