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Imagining sustainability beyond covid-19 in India

Thomas, BK and Bhar, S and Chakravarty, S (2021) Imagining sustainability beyond covid-19 in India. In: Ecology, Economy and Society, 4 (1). pp. 13-20.

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The COVID-19 lockdown in India saw a spate of news stories suggesting improvements in environmental conditions. In this article, we caution against optimistic narratives of environmental revival. First, we analyse air pollution data before and during the lockdown to show that these improvements were temporary and a by-product of the severe restrictions placed on the normal functioning of the economy. Second, drawing upon data on income and inequality, we suggest that the human suffering witnessed during the lockdown was a result of widening social disparities since the 1990s. We argue that environmental priorities cannot be separated from social concerns, and equity has to be at the centre of imagining sustainability beyond the pandemic. © Thomas, Bhar and Chakravarty 2021.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Ecology, Economy and Society
Publisher: Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE)
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Authors
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2021 10:20
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 10:20
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/69019

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