Developmental paradigm amidst Environment day, Biodiversity day in Covid era

By Shankar Sharma* Abstract:  Observing Biological Diversity day on 22 May and environment day on 5 June each year has become a sort of routine for what appears to be a purpose of fashion for most of our political leaders and bureaucrats, who participate in such functions without any commitment to protect the natural resources.  … Continue reading Developmental paradigm amidst Environment day, Biodiversity day in Covid era

Future of environment with future generation: Open letter to MoEFCC

Open letter by Prof Mansee Bal Bhargava1 to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of Government of India, along with Farmer-Entrepreneur, Vivek Shah and Young Thinkers led by Gautamee Baviskar and Kruti Desai: This is an open letter for the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of Government … Continue reading Future of environment with future generation: Open letter to MoEFCC

Why corporates perceive public hearing in environment clearance more lethal than Covid-19

By Anandvardhan Yagnik* Barely a few days into the Covid-19 lockdown and people all over the country had started realizing and sensing how the skies were bluer than before, the air purer and the Ganges cleaner. The carbon emissions fell drastically as human activity came to a halt, the animals started returning to their natural … Continue reading Why corporates perceive public hearing in environment clearance more lethal than Covid-19

Waste picking workers should be identified as corona warriors by government

Letter by Mahesh Pandya, director, Paryavaran Mitra to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making waste disposal (plastic and household) workers aatmanirbhar (self-reliance): Paryavaran Mitra is a Gujarat-based advocacy organization working on socio-environmental issues since 1997. It acts as a watch dog and pressure group in the formation of policies and implementation of environment acts and … Continue reading Waste picking workers should be identified as corona warriors by government

Why this rushed attempt to get the Vishwamitri river project through?

A concerned citizens’ letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation, with copies to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat; Additional Chief Secretary, Forests & Environment Department, Gujarat; Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department, Gujarat; and Chairman, Gujarat Pollution Control Board: We, the Concerned Citizens … Continue reading Why this rushed attempt to get the Vishwamitri river project through?

EIA draft in practice all along seeks to manage political compliance of economic actors

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* The Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), a legal process that effectively grants projects like mines, dams and industries access to land, water, forests and other environmental resources has been used in India since 1994. On March 12, 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, the environment ministry put out … Continue reading EIA draft in practice all along seeks to manage political compliance of economic actors

India’s U-turn on ‘clean’ energy: Push for cheap and dirty coal power amidst pandemic

By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* At the start of 2020, the Central government made an important set of changes to India’s coal sector through an ordinance and then amendments to the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015. Through these, the government has expanded opportunities for privatised, commercial mining. Coal blocks can now be owned … Continue reading India’s U-turn on ‘clean’ energy: Push for cheap and dirty coal power amidst pandemic