Issue No. 305, December 2014
Heeding the Call: Sustainability for South India and Beyond
Tamil Nadu today is ranked among India’s most ‘developed’ states. Increasingly urbanised, it has a growing service sector in the cities, and is a proud leader in healthcare and information technology. And yet, the same state is plagued by one of the country’s highest levels of malnutrition, rising unemployment and severe social stress that results, among other consequences, in the highest rate of suicide among young adults. Less and less of the once fertile land is available for agriculture, and farming, particularly of food crops, is in decline. Rapidly shrinking natural resources, environmental degradation, climate change, increasing dependence on global markets, and rising living costs, all contribute to this challenging situation. Sustainability, the need of the hour 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rio Conference, and in December – just a year away – the global leaders will congregate in Paris, France, to try to agree on ‘Sustainable Developm...