Amar Chitra Katha - The Giant and the Dwarf: A Jataka Tale by Anant Pai

By Anant Pai

The large and the Dwarf: A Jataka story ( Amar Chitra Katha)

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4) are also treated in the classical sources. It would be neither possible nor fully adequate to take legislation straight from these sources; but it is certainly possible to work in continuity with them, bearing in mind the radically new awareness of the need for conserving the world and its resources as a whole. 4 Religions, Judaism included, discourage the pursuit of personal wealth. Whilst in some instances this may be beneficial to the environment - if people want fewer cars and fewer books there will be fewer harmful emissions and fewer forests will be chopped down - there are also many ways in which poverty harms the environment: for instance, less research and development means that such technology as remains (presumably for hospitals and other welfare matters) will be less efficient and the problems of environmental pollution less effectively addressed.

4 Global warming A very similar analysis could be made of the problems relating to global warming - problems of which scientists have been aware since Arrhenius in the late nineteenth century, though only recently have pressure groups developed and governments become alarmed. The fact is that in mid 1990 no one knows the extent, if any, to which global temperatures have risen as a result of the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide from 290 parts per million in 1880 to 352 parts per million in 1989, and no one knows what would be the overall effects of the projected doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide by the middle next century (I leave aside the question of other greenhouse gases).

Through the joyful collective experience of these festivals the people learned to cherish the land and their relationship, through Judaism and World Religion 24 God's commandments, with it; the sense of joy was heightened through fulfilment of the divine commandments to share the bounty of the land with 'the Levite, the stranger, the orphan and the widow'. 4 Specific Environmental Laws Several aspects of environmental pollution are dealt with in traditional halakhah. Although the classical sources were composed in situations very different from those of the present, the law has been, and is, in a continuous state of development, and in any case the basic principles are clearly relevant to contemporary situations.

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