People and Environment; People vs Environment?
Dr Alfred Gathorne-Hardy | Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
We need a healthy environment to survive, yet our economic activity often occurs at the expense of the environment. And the dispersed, uneven and delayed nature of much environmental damage reduces incentives to protect it. Meanwhile in poorer regions the effects of the ecological crisis are already damaging livelihoods.
Looking specifically at rice growers in South India we found a complex and at times conflicting set of relationships between farmers, landless labourers and their environments. This talk explores the trade-offs between what is good for people and what is good for the environment and asks: how do we resolve these conflicts? which/who should be prioritised?
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