New book: The Politics of Climate change and the Global crisis Transnational Institute/Orient BlackSwan (November 2011)
"The Politics of Climate Change and the Global Crisis" is one of the first books to examine India as an example of an 'emerging economy' major polluter, which can potentially both aid or obstruct the fight against climate change. It analyses the role of the BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) grouping and the short-term calculations of industrialised nations in the climate talks.
The author Praful Bidwai is a fellow of the Transnational Institute, a former Senior Editor of The Times of India and one of South Asia's most widely published columnists, whose articles appear in more than 25 newspapers and magazines.
Bidwai argues that the climate crisis aggravates the global developmental crisis and is intimately linked through the prevalent iniquitous development model to grave economic, social and political crises in evidence globally. He puts forward alternatives to this dismal situation, based on equity, resource conservation, curbs on luxury consumption, promotion of renewable energy and new patterns of production and consumption which sustain low-carbon development. What the global effort lacks is candid acknowledgement of the need for a qualitative change in the growth model and the will to bring it about through democratic popular participation.
Written lucidly, this volume is mandatory reading for social scientists, environmentalists, civil servants, social activists and environmentally conscious citizens.
"Praful Bidwai energises the [climate] debate by bringing up a fresh perspective... He takes us beyond the discourse based on the right to pollute and even be rewarded for it through trade in emissions. He shows us as planetary citizens, people are creating imaginative and lasting solutions" (Vandana Shiva, Right Livelihood Awardee)
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