Unplanned urbanisation and mindless modernisation has led to the creation of environmental challenges such as improper dumping of garbage, polluting and burning of hazardous materials. This damages environmental and public health and needs to addressed. One effective way to tackle the situation is to drive behavioural change among people, especially children. To do this, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. along with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is supporting storytelling sessions based on Mottainai Grandma, a successful pictorial book published by Kodansha, a leading publication from Japan. The book is adapted in Hindi and English in collaboration with National Book Trust (NBT). Mottainai is a term of Japanese origin and has been used by environmentalists to convey a sense of r...
The Organic Harvest personal care brand based in India recently completed five successful years of its successful working. The company was brought into existence in 2013 to promote the concept of safe skin. An intelligent use of plants grown without pesticides and chemicals instigated the name Organic Harvest. The company celebrated its five successful years organizing a plantation drive by its employees, and contributed to the greens of Delhi. The trees that were planted included mulberry, guava and pomegranate at the plantation activity took place at Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Center, Delhi. As Organic Harvest products are strictly against animal testing, the Sanjay Gandhi Animal Care Center venue was carefully chosen for the plantation drive. Along with this, the company also m...
The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal (ICJB) is looking for an energetic, passionate and experienced campaigner to assist the survivor groups of Bhopal in their campaign for those affected by the poisons of Union Carbide & Dow Chemical in Bhopal, India. ICJB is a coalition that comprises survivors of the disaster, international volunteers, and environmental, social justice and human rights groups. Using education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, ICJB works to hold Dow Chemical and the Indian Government accountable for the ongoing chemical disaster in Bhopal, India. ICJB is led by half a dozen Bhopal survivor organizations working in close alliance with coalition members in India, Canada, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. The
The Ambuja Cement Ltd. has continued to scale up its efforts towards conserving water resources as part of its commitment towards sustainable development. The Company has been working to build more robust and effective water resource management approaches in and around its operation areas so as to conserve water resource amidst growing global water scarcity. Aligned with its Group LafargeHolcim's Sustainable Development 2030 Plan covering Climate, Circular Economy, Water & Nature, and People & Communities; Ambuja Cement has already achieved 5.5 times Water Positive status – the highest in the industry in India – with its integrated plants in water-scarce Rajasthan and Gujarat clocking water index of 17.7 times and 12.7 times respectively. Internationally renowned external ce
We live in an interconnected world today where within a matter of a few hours, an infectious disease can spread around across the globe. This calls for all human beings to prepared and alert so any kind of impending epidemic can be safely avoided. With the resolve to save human lives, Vital Strategies has developed a website, PreventEpidemics.org to clearly display each country’s ability to find, stop and prevent epidemics, and to empower people who want to make their community safer. PreventEpidemics is the world’s first website to provide an overall score for a country's ability to find, stop and prevent diseases. It also allows the user to keep up to date with news of disease outbreak in all parts of the world through a map based interface. Funded by philanthropic organizat
Cities in India are often known for pollution, over-population and a general lack of urban planning. The state of Andhra Pradesh has just decided to put an end to that notion by proposing to make the state an Innovation Valley and its capital Amaravati as an Innovation Hub! The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Chandrababu Naidu recently announced that Amravati will be the hub of the innovation focus of the state and will comprise nine cities, vi. Media City, Government City, Justice City, Finance City, Knowledge City, Tourism City, Electronics City and Sports City. "The crucial part of Amaravati will be the Amaravati Media City (AMC), which will focus on media, entertainment, social media and other cutting edge technologies. This city will act as its hub,” the CM told invest
A recent analysis of water supply in United States by the Environmental Working Group has found that tap water supplies to more than 14 million Americans is contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial solvent TCE. TCE or trichloroethylene is linked to liver and kidney damage, and to cancers like leukemia. It has also been linked to birth defects, though the EWG fears that the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will attempt to downplay important evidence that TCE exposure causes heart defects in developing fetuses. The analysis is published in a Report which is co-authored by Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG’s senior science advisor, and Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., and highlights the detection of TCE across the U.S. and the health effects of exposure through drinking water. Under th
The Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for promoting Zero-Budgeting in natural farming to make farming viable and sustainable. The Vice President has also called for innovative solutions to make farming profitable and the scaling up of such solutions. Shri Naidu made these statements as part of a National Consultation towards doubling farmers’ incomes and making agriculture profitable and sustainable. Also present during the National Consultation were the Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Devvrat, Agricultural expert Shri Subhash Palekar and the Advisor (Agriculture) to Government of Andhra Pradesh Shri Vijay Kumar. Shri Acharya Devvrat briefed the Vice President on the best agri-practices adopted in Himachal Pradesh to improve the income of farmers. Shri S
The Environment Ministry held a meeting to discuss application of advanced technologies to deal with air pollution incidents and improve the overall air quality management framework. The meeting was chaired by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. C.K Mishra. The Expert institutions which participated include Satellite Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The issues taken up for discussion included use of satellite
5th June is celebrated as World Environment Day across the world. The theme for World Environment Day this year is Beat Plastic Pollution. Plastic, a man-made substance, has found its way in all parts of our lives. And before we could realize it, plastic has entered our seas and oceans and is harming aquatic life everywhere. The non-biodegradable nature of this substance ensures that once created, it will always remain around us and will not stop from entering the stomachs of animals and birds. Even on being burnt, plastic emits harmful gases such as PCBs that are toxic to human beings. There is no way of getting rid of the existing plastic, and therefore we should double our efforts in reducing the demand for more plastic so it is no longer manufactured. On World Environment Day...