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Global Environmental Politics UGC-SAP, Department of Political Science
University of Allahabad, Allahabad December 8-9, 2012 October 26, 2012 Dear Sir/Madam, It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that UGC-SAP, Department of Political Science, University of Allahabad is organizing an International Seminar on the above-mentioned theme on December 8-9, 2012. We extend our cordial invitation to you to participate in the Seminar and present a paper on any one of the subthemes such as: Environmental Philosophy Green Ideology Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Rio +20 Environmental Policy making – the Greening of Administration Environmental Movements Environmental & Ecological Justice Movements Environmental Governance: Global to Local
We look forward to your kind consent to participate in the seminar. Kindly send your paper/ abstract of the paper by November 15, 2012 and Full length paper latest by November 30, 2012 so that the final list of the participants may be drawn. Needless to mention that besides hospitality, the UGC-SAP, Dept. of Pol. Science will bear your travel expenses as per university rules. Kindly acknowledge us on our e-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org with your positive response.
With warm personal regards, Prof. M. P. Dube Coordinator UGC-SAP, Department of Political Science University of Allahabad To, …………………………………………… …………………………………………… ……………………………………………
the environment or the ecological movement. Allahabad December 8-9. Environmentalists often express hostility to science and technology. and on linking all the sciences with the political processes that seek to make democracy work properly. But they are not unanimous in their motives and in the means which they would be prepared to see employed in order to achieve those objectives. They all realize that in order to achieve these aims they will have to press for changes in social practices and in the built environment. 2012. soil and municipal garbage pollution in alarming scale has sustained the continued presence of environmentalism on the political agenda.at the Bhopal and Seveso plants and the 3-Mile Island and Chernobyl Nuclear reactors. emerged as a socio-political force. The seminar will focus on the following subthemes: Environmental Philosophy Green Ideology Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Rio +20 Environmental Policy making – the Greening of Administration Environmental Movements Environmental & Ecological Justice Movements Environmental Governance: Global to Local The Concept Since the early 1970s. The rise in air. It has sometimes found expression in the formation of 'green' political parties and in pressure groups. Department of Political Science. on integrating civil rights with natural rights. Allahabad. to restore degenerated natural environments to something like their pristine condition. . Department of Political Science University of Allahabad. 2012 The UGC-SAP. and the Exxon Valdez Oil Tanker spillage . What in general terms. environmentalists want to do is to preserve remaining wilderness areas. is organizing a two-day International Seminar on Global Environmental Politics during December 8-9. instead of being a specific scientific doctrine or field of study.International Seminar on Global Environmental Politics UGC-SAP. The seminar invites papers on different dimensions of Global Environmental Politics.together with an increasingly environmentalist understanding of natural disasters have placed environmentalism at the centre stage of the public agenda. a series of very high-profile specific environmental disasters . sound. to prevent further degeneration. University of Allahabad. water. blaming them for environmental degradation. Their emphasis is on combining social justice with global survival.
precautionary principle. sometimes termed as deep ecology or steady state economics. etc. especially questions of North-South inequities and responsibilities.O. Today it is emphasized that for the global environmental governance the following principles should be adhered to strictly:1. economic efficiency/cost effectiveness principle: this applies both to the setting of standards and the . voice for marginalised groups. land. human activity in balance with nature. International policies require global environmental institutions with transnational mandates to safeguard the protection of the global commons. small investment in small-scale projects. Development interventions are part of ecological modernization process. The 'polluter pays' principle 2.controlled commons (water. suggesting the sense of unlimited resources that characterizes a society with an open frontier. Its core ideas are self-sufficiency. against the orthodox view is gaining importance today. capable of transforming the earth for the betterment of both people and nature. ecological economics. Women. as well as retaining some end-of-the pipe measures 3. 172 governments and thousands of NGOs participated in two years of discussion on domestic environmental and poverty problems and global environmental issues. Those who advocate an alternative approach therefore place more emphasis on the pattern of distribution gains within global society and within individual states. The technocentric mode visualizes humanity in heroic mould. and ecoauditing of industry using techniques such as life cycle analysis and environmental burden analysis. and seeks to emancipate the soul from the oppression of economic and military dependency. It promotes the causes of pacifism.T. protection of commons. The dominant social paradigm has been referred to as the exclusionist paradigm because it excludes human beings from the laws of nature. but also its salvation. self-reliance. According to this view sustainable development provides an opportunity to link social welfare strategy policies. participatory. It promotes the cause of small scale self-reliant and politically empowered communities benefiting from ultra-modern information technology. e.feminism. air. An alternative view of development. Today there are indications of paradigm shift. In fact environmental policies are part of international policies. ecocentric and deep green. but essentially running their own affairs on the basis of local resources and local needs. cultural diversity and the community. forests). The international environmental policies and institutions together constitute a diverse body of global environmental governance. 'Riordan maintains that at the heart of environmentalism there are three views of the world. The ecocentric view is also optimistic but recognizes the need to incorporate the limits of arrogance in the conduct of human affairs. It has also been called 'frontier economics'. inherent values in nature. tribals. reliance on appropriate (local) knowledge and technology.g. Its process is bottom-up. prevention and precautionary principles: it seeks to prevent waste generation at source. The deep green. namely technocentric. It is regarded as not only the cause of environmental destitution. consumer rights. The theme of this discourse is ecological modernization. Also completed and signed at Rio were important treaties on climate change and biodiversity. and animal welfare generally. local control. During 1960s there was mounting attack on dominant paradigm. environmental impact assessment. It is accommodationist and its accommodationist devices include sustainable development. view is profoundly radical. A single most important indication of a worldwide paradigm shift was the UN conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. eco. disarmament strategies and peaceful coexistence to create a strategy for collective survival. It is seen as the progenitor of environmentally benign technology that will ensure wealth creation to emancipate the poor from their prisons of enforced environmental and social debasement. Its aim is to make economic development more socially tolerable and environmentally sustainable.
India suffered sharp harvest reductions because of record temperatures and drought. shifting monsoon patterns. Punjab and U.7 to 12 billion tons of topsoil are lost annually from soil erosion. which is the loss of ancient Indian values. retreat of glaciers and many more devastating consequences kept in surprise. rising temperature. to the spread of infections diseases. severity of droughts and intensity of floods. socio-cultural and political consequences. average annual percapita water availability declined to almost 70% to 1. This will further result in loss of livelihood and migration of a huge population.It is estimated that 4.822 cubic meters. in some African and Asian countries (including India). the socio-economic and political policies in India are nearly uninfluenced. who suffer from significant economic. decline in crop productivity. and Fourthly. Thirdly. These trends combined with increasing level of corruption and criminal activities due to scarcity of resources is ready to cause havoc with the lives of common man in India.decentralization principle: assign environmental decisions and enforcement to the lowest level Picture is not different in India.400 million of people who live in developing countries. Despite these visible signs of environmental degradation and country-wide protests and movements against environmental degradation. Forest area cover is experiencing a net loss. as temperature rises. which laid emphasis over the doctrine of 'Santosam Param Sukham' in contrast to the western concept of hedonism which emphasizes more over material pleasure in comparison to spiritual pleasure which is against the idea of sustainable development. From the 4. 'Environmental protection' still seems to be a neglected area. Environmental conditions contribute to a large extent. almost a third of these people have no access to safe water supply. Here too. and overexploitation of groundwater is problematic in the states of Haryana. this affects the enjoyment of and exercise of basic human rights. This is because of cumulative impact of several factors. According to a report in 2002. the Himalayan glaciers that are principal dry-season water sources of Asia's biggest rivers including Ganges could disappear by 2035. Secondly. This is because of the early perception by few eco-brethrens of the danger posed by irreversible ecological damage in the country . Environment degradation in India is unfolding itself through enhanced recurrence of natural hazards particularly cyclones. . Besides these two. degradation poses new problems such as environmental refugees. Failure to develop a full-bloom environmental jurisprudence is one of the most significant among those. This is for several reasons Firstly. the technocentric environmentalism is facing tough challenge from ecocentrics. It is reported that biological oxygen demand (BOD) in river Ganges has already increased twice which may cause several skin diseases among human beings and animals. environmental degradation worsens existing problems suffered by developed and developing countries. shrinking of cooling periods. The nation is being predicted to be one of the worst hit by environmental degradation. Civil conflicts involving natural resources-most notably forests and arable land-have occurred in eastern and north-eastern states.design of the policy instrument for attaining them 4. It is also predicted that by 2020.P. From 1947 to 2002. almost 60% lack basic health care services. the exhaustion of natural resources leads to unemployment and immigration to cities. loss of arable land . and is a serious threat to aquatic flora and fauna in the river. This is because of counter-ecological pattern of productive growth and uprising population which is about to make the situation worst. In poor and developing countries environmental deterioration causes environmental injustices and violation of human rights. there is another factor responsible for environmental deterioration in the country. According to UN climate Report. yields from rain fed agriculture could be reduced by upto 50%.
Department of Political Science University of Allahabad . P. 2012 and Full length paper latest by November 30. Dube Coordinator UGC-SAP.Those who wish to participate in the International Seminar are requested to send their abstract/paper by November 15. Prof. 2012 on our e-mail: email@example.com. M.
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