By Siddhartha Dabhi and Steffen Böhm
The authors are Independent Researcher in Gujarat and Director, Essex Sustainability Institute, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK, respectively. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wind energy is widely celebrated as green energy. However, wind farms can have far reaching environmental and social consequences.
Travelling towards the 700 year old villages of Jakhau and Budiya from the small town of Naliya in Kutch, Gujarat, we are greeted by a pleasant sight of a vast stretch of a mix of scrubland and grassland merging with Arabian Sea and the horizon. This expansive landscape is dotted with wind turbines, moving in the plentiful wind, as far as the eye can see. It all seems like a green utopia, put in place by companies with the generous...