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Climate change is happening, and we have been forewarned of the consequences. Since it is caused largely by human action, a lot can be done to avert the detrimental consequences. But getting political support for action is difficult because the hardest-hit people are marginalized groups that have little political power, including indigenous communities.

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In this article, we examine the adverse ecological, economic, and social conditions people face in India in responding to the climate emergency. Because of their marginalization, these burdens fall especially heavily on indigenous communities. There are important differences between modern, universal methods of analysis and indigenous ways of understanding the particular relationships that define local ecologies. Ideally, the fight to prevent and mitigate climate change would take advantage of all knowledge systems and perspectives.


Greta Thunberg and groups that agree with her view are emerging worldwide to promote action; nevertheless, the magnitude of public response and action is inadequate. This article highlights the adversities caused by the climate emergency in India and the efforts of indigenous communities to take effective action. In its conclusion, this article makes suggestions about ways to respond appropriately to the climate emergency.

Rituraj Phukan

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This page is a summary of: People’s Response to the Climate Emergency in India, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, March 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/ajes.12462.
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