A distinct right

Syllabus: GS- III, Subject: Environment, Ecology and Disaster Management, Topic: Current Affairs, Issue: Important Supreme Court judgement

Context: Emphasis on climate change and equity by Supreme Court in a case related to Great Indian Bustard (GIB)

Key observations:

  • Recognized the right to be free from climate change effects as a fundamental right, extending the right to live in a clean environment.
  • Emphasized the link between climate change and a wholesome environment.
  • Highlights connection between environmental degradation, climate change, food, and water shortages.
  • Climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, violating equality rights.


  • The Court has tasked an expert committee to determine the extent of underground and overhead power lines.
  • Balancing the goal of reducing the country’s carbon footprint with protecting a critically endangered species presents a challenge.
  • Finding a prompt solution is imperative to reconcile these conflicting interests.
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