Bharat Kidambi
SO YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT by Bijal Vachharajani Red Turtle/Rupa Publications, 2017, 170 pp., 195
November 2017, volume 41, No 11

When the world leaders gathered in Paris on Nov 30, 2015 for the annual United Nations Climate Change conference, it was hailed as an historic event. The aim was to build global consensus to address climate change, especially due to the heightened risk of global warming. The extreme weather patterns, witnessed over the past decade, has often been attributed to global warming. Ironically, it seems that climate change phenomenon is not just restricted to our environment; global politics too is not immune from it, especially in a world, which over the last decade is increasingly becoming multipolar. With his elevation as the President of the United States, in 2017, Donald Trump did not lose time in announcing the withdrawal of the US from the Paris agreement, which was agreed to by 196 countries. In the book under review, the author while highlighting the issue of climate change brings to the fore that this cannot be viewed in isolation, that water, food, waste are all interconnected and each of these has an impact on human life. More importantly not all sections of society feel the negative consequence of this equally.

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