In India, rapid industrial development and urbanisation have led to huge changes in the economy in the past decade making India one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but the growth has come at a real cost to environment and public health. India is now facing several environmental challenges, including air pollution, availability of clean water, pollution of river water, deforestation, and desertification. Negative health outcomes are associated with such environmental problems, as high levels of air pollution impact the health system and the economy.
This study in collaboration with ASSOCHAM attempts to provide a holistic view of economic cost of burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country attributable to a range of risk factors other than air pollution such as tobacco use, alcohol and drug use etc. that are associated with NCDs.
The sustainability revolution will, hopefully, be the third major social and economic turning point in human history, following the Neolithic Revolution - moving from hunter-gathering to farming - and the Industrial Revolution
HRH Prince Charles (2009)