Impact of Climate Change on Street Vendors, Ragpickers and Farmers

  • Diksha Srivastava and Dr. Vivek Nemane
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  • Diksha Srivastava

    LL.M. Student at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India

  • Dr. Vivek Nemane

    Assistant Professor at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, India

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It is pretty evident that climate change has surpassed human capacity to regulate, as demonstrated by the unprecedented intensity of storms and heat waves. The human population has gained knowledge regarding the necessity of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as evidenced by phenomena such as the melting of polar ice caps and the detrimental effects of smog. However, ultimately, the majority of individuals tend to overlook or disregard this matter. The underlying rationale is straightforward: individuals possess the advantage of being able to exercise this privilege. However, it is important to acknowledge that across the globe, there exist individuals who endure ongoing hardships as a result of the persistent alterations in climatic conditions. One disheartening aspect is that these individuals make minimal contributions to the emission of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the environment, yet they bear the brunt of its consequences. Conversely, individuals who possess comprehensive literacy skills and enjoy socio-economic advantages often exhibit a disregard for their role in perpetuating the hardships experienced by marginalized populations. This study aims to establish a clear distinction between the two concepts and examine the diverse international frameworks pertaining to climate change. It demonstrates that these frameworks primarily prioritize long-term objectives, while exhibiting hesitancy in implementing immediate measures to safeguard individuals who are particularly susceptible to the impacts of shifting climate conditions. The primary objective is to attain environmental justice while also ensuring equality and comprehending the exploitation of the environment by the purportedly privileged class, which subsequently contributes to climate change, thereby significantly affecting the livelihoods of street vendors, rag pickers, and farmers. This paper will address the daily challenges encountered by individuals in question and propose potential resolutions to these issues.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 4, Page 609 - 625


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