Volume No. 3 Issue No.: 4 Page No.: 985-991 April-June 2009

 

IMPLICATIONS OF ANTHROPOGENIC DEMAND FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTS ON GLOBAL WARMING AND MULTIPLE DISASTERS

 

Monika Mehta

MA Disaster Management (II Year)Tata Institute of Social Sciences, V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai- 400088 (INDIA)

 

Received on : March 25, 2009

 

ABSTRACT

 

The anthropogenic market-driven demand for animal products and their consequent production processes, are responsible for a large chunk of our greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. This in turn causes global warming and subsequently climate change. This climate change is responsible for escalating the frequency and severity of hazards like floods, hurricanes, droughts, etc. In this context, this paper attempts to establish the link between - human demand for animal products including meat, leather, etc. and the gradual creation of multiple disasters. The results reveal myriad environmental, livelihood, land, food, water and health issues concerning production, usage and consumption of animal products and the vicious cycles connected with them. In addition, the paper seeks to explore strategic alternatives, which may contribute towards disaster risk reduction. It also proposes preventive and mitigative micro and macro level interventions for vulnerability reduction.

 

Keywords : Alternatives, Anthropogenic, Animals, Demand, Disasters, Environment, Global warming, Risk reduction, Vulnerability.

 

 

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