A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

A report prepared by two environmentalists, Bhim Singh Rawat and Siddharth Agarwal, who took a walk* along Ken river and find that they should have brought along the policymakers, planners, engineers and politicians claiming to help it: When heading out on an adventure, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery of the area … More A walk that opened new windows into the realities of those living close to a theatened river, Ken

CRZ approvals can be meaningful only when coastal communities are involved in preparing CZMPs

Submission of comments, objections and clarification by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environmental Justice Programme on the draft Coastal Zone Plan Management to the member-secretary, Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority, Gujarat government: This is with reference to the draft CZMP maps that were issued by the Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA). We are … More CRZ approvals can be meaningful only when coastal communities are involved in preparing CZMPs

Stop tree felling, dumping of debris, discharge of untreated sewage in Vishwamitri River

Several senior environmentalists and academics* of Vadodara have written an open letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation – copies of which have been sent to the secretary, Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change, and Gujarat chief secretary and other senior officials of Gujarat government looking after environment and urban development departments – to … More Stop tree felling, dumping of debris, discharge of untreated sewage in Vishwamitri River

While crores of rupees have been allocated for cleaning up Ganga, the river continues to flow filthy

By Amita Bhaduri* As the Ganga emerges from the glaciers and glides along the foothills of the mighty Himalayas through the towns and cities with their sprawling ghats, engineered embankments, hydroelectric dams, and interrupted flows at barrages, the icy chilliness of its waters is lost. Pilgrims swarm its bank to pay obeisance to the holy … More While crores of rupees have been allocated for cleaning up Ganga, the river continues to flow filthy

Need to recycle waste from demolished sites leads to pollution of land, air, water and environment

By Sheshu Babu* In cities and towns, houses are being rapidly demolished paving way for construction of flats/ apartments. The house owners are selling their houses for ‘development’ with the intention of making money and the contractors are constructing flats selling each one with huge profit margin. Rubble created by demolishing structures and the spreading … More Need to recycle waste from demolished sites leads to pollution of land, air, water and environment

Himachal Pradesh: In a situation of climate flux, people need bottom-up approach to manage water

By Aditi Pinto* The people of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have always shared a deep connection with their water system. After all, it is here that people live right below the stunning Dhauladhar range, from the glaciers of which they get their waters. The glaciers flow down in streams or khuds from where water … More Himachal Pradesh: In a situation of climate flux, people need bottom-up approach to manage water

Post-floods: Kerala must join climate justice movement, seek carbon reduction strategies

By Binu Mathew* A month has passed since the mammoth Kerala floods. I’ve travelled through many flood affected areas and talked to many affected people. The loss is huge many of them are irreparable. Even after one month many people haven’t come out of the psychological trauma caused by the floods. Many say they feel … More Post-floods: Kerala must join climate justice movement, seek carbon reduction strategies