India Ranks Lowest In Environment Performance Index 2022

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India was the lowest among 180 countries in the 2022 Environment Performance Index (EPI.)

On June  7, researchers of Yale and Columbia University provided a data-driven summary of the state of sustainability around the world, confirming India is the lowest on the list with an 18.9 score.

The EPI ranks 180 countries on 40 performance indicators including climate change, environmental public health, biodiversity, and 18 categories.

The EPI report read, “…For the overall performance and ranking EPI, each country’s performance is viewed across numerous (18) categories like ecosystem vitality, biodiversity and habitat, ecosystem services and grassland loss. Unfortunately, India is consistently ranking either at the bottom or close to the bottom in almost all the categories, both regionally and globally.”

This is fundamentally a question of the development model and pathways we want to pursue and the lifestyles that we as citizens want to adopt. Destroying the environment and nature in the name of ‘development’ should no longer be the path, whatever might be the justification. Such an approach is just not tenable any more,” said Ravi Chellam, CEO, Metastring Foundation & Coordinator, Biodiversity Collaborative.

The United States placed at the 20th spot of the 22 wealthy democracies in the global west and 43rd overall. The relatively low ranking reflects the rollback of environmental protections during the Trump administration. “The withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and weakened methane emission rules meant that US lost time to mitigate climate change while many of its peers in the developed world enacted policies to significantly reduce their greenhouse emissions.”

Furthermore, India stood at the lowest ranking amongst 180 countries, Denmark topped the list.

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