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Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment./ Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
6) “Climate Change has made healthcare a bigger concern for vulnerable communities”.Analyse the above statement in the light of recently released UN Environment Programme’s Global Environmental Outlook (GEO6) report. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article examines Global Environment Outlook report that has been released recently. The report is the sixth and is the UN’s most comprehensive report on the state of the global environment since the fifth edition in 2012.
The report highlights the concerns arising out of climate change. The question is with a special focus on healthcare of vulnerable sections.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must analyse the impact of climate change on healthcare of vulnerable sections. One has to evaluate the biological and social link between climate change and health through a deeper analysis of the report.
Analyse – When you are asked to analyse, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences. You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.
Structure of the answer:
Narrate in short the significance of the findings of the report.
Discuss briefly the following aspects :
- Such questions are best answered with substantial facts and statistics quoted from the report like Seventeen of the hottest years in history were all within the last 18 years, A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, Deadly emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy. There is a growing chasm between rich and poor countries as rampant overconsumption, pollution and food waste in the developed world leads to hunger, poverty and disease elsewhere.
- Suggest the impact , discuss what needs to be done, paint a picture of Indian scenario and provide for a way forward.
Conclude with current efforts in terms of policies, laws by the government along with global efforts in progress in this direction to tackle climate change.