Hand in hand

Air pollution in India’s capital is known to be generally more than 20 times the World Health Organization’s safe limit. The population struggles to breathe at the best of times, without the added catastrophe of a new wave of Covid-19. The spectre of mass cremation can only make matters worse. Environment and health go hand in hand.

Identity politics

It is a pity that Muslims have been coopted into supporting the hyper-capitalist and ecologically destructive agendas of Muslim governments, while leftist atheists, with their inherent anti-establishmentarianism, stand in defence of the environment and the poor.

The cost of progress

This Muslim nation’s rapid economic development comes at a price — to its environment and natural beauty — a stark reality now hitting home.

Sadly the government — which in earlier times shared roots with the environmentalist movement — is now too much in thrall of big business and the construction industry to anymore take the side of the people, who cherish the land and traditional livelihoods.

The nation will continue to grow ever more powerful and prosper economically. New transport networks will be established, tunnels piercing through vast mountains, huge bridges spanning ravines. It will ultimately benefit the nation as new hospitals, schools, social housing and jobs follow in their wake.

But this modern obsession with progress is yet to appreciate the value of its areas of outstanding natural beauty. These great reserves of wild beauty are the sacrificial lamb on the alter of economic development — and the scars are already there to prove it.

The proudly confident ruling class — celebrating the resurgence of a semi-imagined glorious past — are too quick to forget their roots as rebellious champions of the people. Too proud to recall those maxims we are called to live by.

“And the servants of the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility…”

A difficult struggle lies ahead.

In this climate

With ever-worsening climate conditions, those of us who live in temperate regions are just going to have to get used to increased incoming migration from regions hit by intense drought.

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