Responses to the floods in the southern India state of Kerala that began August 8 and continued for nearly a week reminded many here of the indispensable role the church played in the development of India.
The Christian church worldwide has always sought to improve people's welfare. How then, in light of the best scientific and historical knowledge, ought the church to respond to climate change? Of all the environmental issues at our hand, climate change is the most controversial and most talked about issue in the last two decades.
I am in Southern India and there is plastic everywhere. Last spring, my travel across Southern India took me to beautiful landscapes and interesting places. But all those places had one thing in common. They were littered with plastic.
Climate change is divisive. While most conservatives tend to be skeptical of the dangers of climate change, most liberals tend to exaggerate them.
Climate plays a critical role in determining the success of crop production in any country. India, home to 1.2 billion people, was favored by two key allies — faith and climate change.
While Delhi has had this problem for the past two decades, recently people have begun associating it with climate change. But a retrospect into the West's industrial era helps us understand why Delhi is grappling with this air pollution — and it's not climate change.
India's failure to address poverty can be conveniently attributed to its population challenge, corruption (both in National and State governments), and its domestic policies. But the country can no longer deny the growing influence of the climate circus, which is beginning to impact its energy policy and eventually its economic growth.
While my undergraduate study did not leave any room for critical understanding of the science behind environmental sciences and climate change, my postgraduate study was at the other extreme.