Must economic growth be privileged over ecological security? Jairam Ramesh argues that this is the wrong question to ask; the two work in concert, not in opposition, and a bright economic and political future requires a safe, protected environment. As India grows as a global power, the nation has become a leader in progressive environmental policies. A Former Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment and Forests for the Government of India, Ramesh understands the political debates, struggles, challenges, and obstacles in bringing the environment into decision-making, in particular the ‘1991 moment’. In the following Storify of a Twitter chat yesterday, Jairam Ramesh, author of Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India, answers questions from the public on India’s environment and economic growth.
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Headline image credit: Delhi/New Delhi/Gurgaon, India at Night (NASA, International Space Station, 12/08/12). CC BY-NC 2.0 via NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Flickr.