Amitav Ghosh: Addressing consumption question key to solving climate change issue

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Ghosh said efforts to improve energy efficiency or substituting dirty fuels by solar or wind energy would bring about only incremental benefits: IE

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh

The consumption patterns of the western countries and their lifestyles are completely at odds with the fight against climate change, author Amitav Ghosh has argued. Neither technology nor alternative sources of energy like solar or wind can ensure similar lifestyles to other people without completely jeopardising the earth’s future.

Ghosh’s latest book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, deals with, what he says is, the “most difficult issue that this world has ever faced”.

In a conversation with Sunita Narain of the Centre of Science and Environment at the launch of the book in Delhi Tuesday, Ghosh said the kind of consumptive lifestyle that people in the western countries lead can be possible only for a minority.

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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