World Environment Day should be about trade-offs, not celebrations

Environmental problems require tough decisions. Is that why we bury our heads in the sand every 5 June?

Last Sunday was World Environment Day, and the 50th one at that. Increasingly, it has taken on the feel of Valentine’s Day. A day on which we declare our commitment to something that we should ideally have for all 365 days of the year. And a day when several interest groups find the opportunity to plug their activities or their faux credentials. For environmental journalists, the day makes its presence felt far in advance when public relations professionals begin hawking “quotes” and “interactions” with their clients on the subject of the environment or climate. I deliberately plan some of …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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