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A beautifully presented but chilling look at South Asia’s environmental crisis

December 2019
A beautifully presented but chilling look at South Asia’s environmental crisis

The current global environmental crisis affects us all. Efforts to mitigate and adapt ourselves to its effects must engage everyone. For many environmentalists, both the Buddha and Emperor Ashoka are role models.

As part of the South Asia Seminar, Emory University’s Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies organized a public talk, “Writing India’s Environmental History,” on October 28 by Dr. Michael Fisher, Danforth Professor of History, Emeritus, at Oberlin College.

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His book, An Environmental History of India (2018), looks at the Indian subcontinent from 100 million years ago into the 21st century. India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have produced rising populations and have stretched natural resources, even as they have become increasingly engaged with climate change caused more by the long-polluting West.

Fisher argues, in “readily accessible prose” and a “smooth-flowing river of stories,” that we must engage with the long and complex history of interactions among its people, land, climate, flora, and fauna. The book is called a “beautifully presented but at times most chilling of books.”

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