Poverty, Climate Change and Livelihood: A Way Out

As the world struggles to come to terms with the shapeshifting Covid-19 virus, the views of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, become particularly resonant. Writing about the relentless drive to control nature and exploit its resources, he urged a reflection on how nature, through the pandemic, is telling “us to acknowledge with humility our quintessential equality and interdependence.” This is a view that is difficult to disagree with. Many scientists have voiced that the pressure on natural habitats and the decreasing distance between humans and other organisms have rapidly spread such infections and perhaps destroyed earlier immunity.