How does it Matter to my Social values and Environmental Ethics?

Posted on January 25, 2011


You might have come across, as I, the ‘social values’ and ‘environmental ethics’, while your interaction with people in various organizations and institutions across development sector (d-sector) i.e. social and environmental domains. I am talking about our public sector organizations, civil society groups, research institutions, think tanks, corporate led societies, international bodies, to name a few.

People talk about corruption by politicians and bureaucrats, policy flaws, poor planning and implementation, poor monitoring, uncoordinated or non-integrated approach and missing post program/project follow-ups.

Reduce your carbon foot prints for ‘me’: I have seen the advocates of this ‘tag’ line running; Air conditioners while they are not in offices, using plastic bags when they shop, using bath tubs and unnecessary showers when they take baths, traveling in cars to nearby markets where they could simply walk, using heaters in winters when there is nobody in rooms, using lights when we can avoid during sun light, dumping garbage to neighborhoods plot during nights-rather walking to common garbage bin at nearby place, prefer wooden furnishers though there are alternate,.. ….! They want us to reduce your carbon foot prints, for them at least!

Corruption in Government-‘I am not’: I have seen people working in ‘Government’ and PSUs- talking time and again about corruption, wrong policies of government, among others, and being part of the system unable (their disability) to change the system, by their own! But, when they get hefty bribes-they are happy to receive them, when it comes to break the laid state or country rules for their promotion and otherwise-they don’t want to lose the chance, when it comes to put a community or group deprived of the benefits they are suppose to get due to the negligence of these officials -then they don’t care about it in personal interest. When it comes to remain an honest government servant and perform better, then they grumble about their salaries in comparison to a corporation and business house or international agency employee. When it’s about own dignity and honesty-they become ‘part of the system’… When it comes about coordinated and integrated approach application-they are vocal on that to common people-but, when it comes about integration and coordination within their offices-they become particular about it…! Therefore, they say-about corruption in ‘government’ but, they are not!

Save that environment ‘we want’: I have seen people talking about saving the environment and agitating and protesting at many environment forums to save the environment and the natural resources ‘for the people’ and ‘with the people’. But, when I observe them, they have excess of allotted land and resources (farm houses, etc.) in major Metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore among others…and huts /farms in Mussoorie, Shimla, Ooty, Goa.., their offices are wooden furnished from precious trees like teak, shesham, walnut, oak, maple, cherry, rosewood, but, they talk about; common resources, natural conservations, action plan for forest, tribe and forest relation, poverty and forest degradation, environment governance, etc..! They have their own animal zoo, dwarf varieties of trees in offices and farm houses, they everyday eat red-meat-but talk about rice intensification, methane coming due to agriculture, energy rating, animal welfare…!

Because, they want to save environment!

Posted in: Environment, Water