Ethics Case Study – 35

The World Cultural Festival (WCF) was held on the Yamuna floodplains in New Delhi from 11th March to 13th March 2016. It was organized by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to celebrate the Art of Living foundation’s (AOLF) 35 years in service. However, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an interim “environmental compensation” fine of 5 crore rupees on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s AOLF, for damaging the Yamuna floodplain while preparing for its mega WCF. The NCT also fined the Delhi Development Authority and Delhi Pollution Control Committee for permitting the event to take place despite the NGT’s clear directions last year forbidding construction on the floodplain.

The unfortunate truth remains that environmental concerns are not seen as a national priority at par with development and growth. Unsurprising. Growth provides tangible, short-term results. People relate to jobs, money, and purchasing power. Goods and services in the market are there for all to see. Rising GDP is vital ammunition in election warfare. In contrast, environmental concerns only manifest over the long-term and are often far removed from the sphere of immediate needs. Who needs a tiger when we need steel?

Can you discuss some feasible strategies which could be adopted to eliminate the clash between economic growth and environmental degradation leading to sustainable development?

20 marks / 250 words.

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