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Climate Change and Social Inequality

Climate Change and Social Inequality: Impacts of Climate Change on Low Socio-economic Populations in India

Awareness of Climate change and its impact is imperative to achieve sustainability in developed as well as in developing countries. Lack of awareness is a significant barrier to climate change adaptation strategies and its mitigation measures in India. The lack of public understanding and awareness of the seriousness of the climate change issue stems from several underlying societal problems- poverty, lack of access to decent education, unemployment, gender inequality, etc. In India, people belonging to uneducated backgrounds, as well as highly educated people, lack the awareness of environmental degradation and associated ecological, economic, and societal impacts. Climate impacts in India are not uniform. The populace of low socio-economic status is more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as they have the least adaptation potential. As this crisis escalates, the most marginalized segments of the society will be the first to suffer and that is perhaps why fighting climate change is far down in political priorities. As a consequence, climate change policies of Indian government so far has not been driven by domestic demands, but by external pressures of international relations and foreign diplomacy. This is a deeply ironic situation since India is in greater imminent danger from climate change and environmental deterioration than are the other developed affluent countries.

Comments On “Climate Change and Social Inequality”

  1. Kanhaiya Shah

    Good Day Sir! Thanks for providing such an exceptional platform.

  2. Rakesh Ahuja

    Good morning, Kanhalya. We are on the same page. Just accessed your selfie about yourself. A pleasure to have your thoughts on this site.

  3. Kanhaiya Shah

    Agreed! It is more of a 'Global Syndrome'. Overwhelming amounts of data from throughout the world support the notion of 'Climate Change Scenario'. The basic physics of greenhouse gases has been well-established, along with the fact that human activity has generated billions of tons of greenhouse gases. The impacts of global warming are being felt across the globe. Extreme heatwaves have caused tens of thousands of deaths around the world in recent years. Our responsibility matters to our society, and it should matter to us, too.

  4. Rakesh Ahuja

    Indeed! And it is not only in India. Even Australia suffers from this syndrome. Even as bushfires ravage the bush, floods the cities, seas 'eating up' its famed beaches, the Barrier Reef in intensive care, deniers of climate change are still on the march. Interestingly though, the younger an Australian, more likely that s/he wants strong action on climate change issues; older people are more sceptical.