The imperative for ethnic environmentalism in the eastern Himalaya

Publikation: ForskningTidsskriftartikel

The Sikkim-Darjeeling Himalaya is undergoing serious environmental changes as a result of rampant construction of hydroelectric projects and climate-induced changes. Their impact is most discernible on the economically and politically vulnerable mountain communities who remain marginalised from political discussions and economic opportunities. Silence in the public-sphere around environmental issues reflects the scalar distribution of political power, the limitations of grievance sharing mechanism and the predominance of ethnicity as a key variable in negotiations around the environment. This paper illustrates the socio-economic impact of hydropower projects and climate-induced changes on lives and livelihoods and the unrelenting imperative for ethnic environmentalism.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEconomic and Political Weekly
ISSN0012-9976
StatusUdgivet - 18 nov. 2017

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