imagining sustainability beyond covid 19 in india CORD-Papers-2021-10-25 (Version 1)

Title: Imagining sustainability beyond covid-19 in India
Abstract: 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.
Published: 2021
Journal: Ecology, Economy and Society
DOI: 10.37773/ees.v4i1.315
DOI_URL: http://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v4i1.315
Author Name: Thomas, B K
Author link: https://covid19-data.nist.gov/pid/rest/local/author/thomas_b_k
Author Name: Bhar, S
Author link: https://covid19-data.nist.gov/pid/rest/local/author/bhar_s
Author Name: Chakravarty, S
Author link: https://covid19-data.nist.gov/pid/rest/local/author/chakravarty_s
license: unk
license_url: [unknown license]
source_x: WHO
source_x_url: https://www.who.int/
who_covidence_id: #covidwho-1289447
url: https://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v4i1.315
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