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The Other Humans (or Non-humans) in Disaster Management in India

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has well established the fact that without concern, compassion and welfare of non-human animals these goals are not likely to be achieved (Keeling et al. in Front. Vet. Sci., 2019) but the vision is neither holistic nor inclusive. The companion animals are again left out reflecting upon the utilitarian and segmented vision which has gone behind the framing of the SDG Agenda (ibid.). Man goes against the laws of nature for his insatiable desires, which Gandhi rightly reflects as Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed’. Hempel (Environmental Governance. Island Press, Washington, DC, p. 11, 1996) rightly said in the following note, ‘our world is embarked on a precarious adventure that will test the elasticity of earth’s capacity’. Man greed has no limits but it takes a turn for the worse when it combines with lack of data on limits to environmental destruction, economic indicators on the use of natural resources to both the omnivores and the ecosystem people and unwilling politicians who are naïve about environment (Guha in Econ. Polit. Wkly. 32:348, 1997). Non-humans influence and impact upon environment and for that reason they are part of environmental governance which in totality is called a web of ecological relationships. When a disaster strikes these relationships are broken and very few of them bounce back to life. A resilient ecological relationship is also the ground for better commerce, business and also stable employment. Since environment is the heart of SDGs (2015–2030), this chapter would look into the ethical values which surround the discourse on non-humans.


  • Non-human
  • Anthropogenic
  • Greed
  • Climax communities

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Vualzong, L. (2020). The Other Humans (or Non-humans) in Disaster Management in India. In: Malhotra, V.K., Fernando, R.L.S., Haran, N.P. (eds) Disaster Management for 2030 Agenda of the SDG. Disaster Research and Management Series on the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore.

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