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Till excess carbon print do us part

india Updated: Dec 04, 2007 20:13 IST

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Trust American researchers to boil everything down to the bare basics. In case you were wondering why the environment is going down the tube, here is the answer. Divorces are adding to the stress and strain on the environment. For those of us who may be pardoned for wondering why, it would appear that emotions apart, divorces result in people living in two different establishments and, therefore, using more resources. Well, now we have a good reason for sticking to the death-do-us-part bit.

But we have little evidence to prove that living apart is actually all that much of a burden on the earth. Time and again we have read in agony aunt columns, not to mention ‘heard’ from disgruntled friends, that the spouse leaves the lights on, the taps running and is generally slack about conserving anything around the house. Chances are that if you are lurching about on one income, you’d be a little less forthcoming about letting it all hang out. Now in India, we don’t really have to worry about all this. Maybe not you or me, but the average Indian just goes from parental home to spousal parental home, so the environment is not really going to take a beating there. As for the greater expenditure on utilities, we don’t have to lose our shirts on that score either, given that such luxuries are hard to come by even in the most upmarket of urban areas.

And now that divorce, possibly the most painful part of a person’s life, has been reduced to merely another blip in global warming, perhaps people will take a second look at the very concept of matrimony. It is no longer a situation of what God has put together, let no man cast asunder.