Activists, Media, and the Government: Who cares for the environment?

By Ashish Kumar Nandan* Have you ever noticed, what is your source of information? From where do you get the daily news? Is it social media, TV news or newspaper? Irrespective of the news, do you think you get all sort of information which is of monumental importance to you and the society? Well, I … Continue reading Activists, Media, and the Government: Who cares for the environment?

River Conservation: How long can we ignore it?

This article by Harsh Agarwal* is based on a freewheeling conversation with river rights activist, Shri Tapas Das of the Nadi Bachao Jibon Bachao Andolan. During this conversation, Shri Das covered multiple aspects – from his cycle rallies, the ill-effects of river barrages, weak regulatory bodies to the lack of political intent, our lackadaisical approach … Continue reading River Conservation: How long can we ignore it?

Assessing Sri Lanka’s state response readiness to mitigate climate disasters

By Prof Utpal Kumar De, Dr Simi Mehta* Contemporary humanity is experiencing discernible impacts of a changing climate and extreme weather events. The inevitable consequences of anthropogenic climate change often expressed as loss and damage, along with adaptation and mitigation, have become indispensable topics of climate policy discourse. Though climate-related disasters have become a global … Continue reading Assessing Sri Lanka’s state response readiness to mitigate climate disasters

Problem is known, diagnosis is available, but India lacks roadmap to solve urban floods puzzle

By Himanshu Thakkar* There can be no dispute over the fact that the frequency, intensity and spread (new cities getting affected) of urban floods is increasing in India. The reasons are mostly known: increasing and mostly unplanned urbanisation, rural-urban migration, encroachments of water bodies, concretization of flood plains and other lands, decreasing capacity to hold, … Continue reading Problem is known, diagnosis is available, but India lacks roadmap to solve urban floods puzzle

Inaccurate, confusing data being provided to hide India’s wildlife decline

In 20 years, Finn’s Weaver populations in Uttarakhand have dropped by as much as 94%, with less than 500 birds found in India By Nikhil Eapen* “With only 2.5% of the world’s landmass, we have 8% of the world’s recorded biodiversity,” India’s minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar told world leaders at … Continue reading Inaccurate, confusing data being provided to hide India’s wildlife decline

We must save other species to ensure the survival of human species

By Prof Sanjay Jain* The Corona crisis has reminded humans once again that they are just one species in nature like any other species - a truth they always tend to forget, knowingly or unknowingly. Nature had been enabling the evolution, sustenance and growth of millions of life species over millions of years that resulted … Continue reading We must save other species to ensure the survival of human species

Development projects do irreversible damage to our rivers, environment, way of life

Rongyoung-River in Sikkim: Threatened by Teesta dam Statement by International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) on the World Rivers Day 2020, “Defend Our Rivers. Defend Our Rights”: Our rivers and rights are at risk. On World Rivers Day, the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) calls to act now … Continue reading Development projects do irreversible damage to our rivers, environment, way of life