My vivid memory of Manmad--a township, due to major Railway junction in Maharashtra that I visited in the 60s--is that of early morning chaos, shouting and screaming over a common tap outside my uncle’s residence for collecting water. When I was growing up, the typical humorous short stories in my mother-tongue Marathi used to depict quarrels over common taps to collect water for domestic consumption in local communities, described as ‘Nala che Bhandan”. These stories were humorous portrayal of fights over water in local settings that began with minor issues. Jokes apart, this often led to communal tensions in real life. Typically, the water supply would last for two to three hours and water had to be collected and stored in that short span of time--one tap for twenty households. I
Looks like we still have time, or do we? On 17th October 2009, the President of the island nation of Maldives called for the world's first ever underwater Cabinet Meeting. In the meeting, the President, Vice President, and the entire cabinet of Maldives signed a declaration calling for concerted global action on climate change, ahead of the UN climate conference (COP) in Copenhagen. And even as the world prepares for this grand climate meet, a large part of South India went under water only a few weeks back. And while talks have already begun on coming up with an equitable deal and the very fear that there may be none, over 300 people lost their lives while millions have been displaced and missing in that global warming related freak weather event, predicted well in advance by the ...
Participate in the MoEF and WWF-India’s Essay Writing Competition and you can be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. MoEF and WWF-India has organised an Essay Writing Competition giving all young people a chance to be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE, BECOME A YOUNG CLIMATE GUARDIAN Topic of the ESSAY: You are India's future generation - How can you lead / influence the climate change challenge to ensure a sustainable future for the country and the planet? Entries can be submitted in BOTH English and Hindi Eligibility: Competition is open to all youth between the ages 16 to 21 years and residing in India Deadline: October 23, 2009 to submit the essay by registe
The Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) is a Delhi based non-profit organisation setup with an objective to promote environmental equity and climate justice in an otherwise inequitable world. Our planet is facing a climate crisis unprecedented in the history of humankind. The crisis is fairly recent and began with the advent of the industrial revolution. The emissions from the so-called “developed” countries have been poisoning our atmosphere for over 200 years. The consequences of these emissions are now becoming apparent and we are living in a world where the shadow of the possibility of an unlivable earth is becoming more and more of a reality. CCJE is the voice of the grassroots in policy formation and an equity watchdog setup to ensure every citizen gets his fair shar
The UK Environment Film Fellowships have been awarded every year since 2005 to Indian environmental filmmakers, to create 12 minute impactful documentaries. Till date, 20 filmmakers have been awarded with these fellowships. Every year, a theme is decided and filmmakers are encouraged to submit proposals for films which depict originality in research work in terms of topical relevance to the theme. Filmmakers identify and team-up with subject experts/ professionals/ institutions and work closely with them during the making of the film to ensure a well-researched and high quality film. The purpose of UKEFF is to build capacity and encourage the environment filmmakers’ community in India. The films made by these filmmakers are important communication tools that drive awareness and a
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), an established policy research institution based in New Delhi, is expanding its work on aspects of industrial pollution, domestic sewage, water management, green urbanization. In this regard, CSE is looking for individuals with knowledge of environmental issues or pollution science or engineering or journalism combined with passion and commitment. The teams at CSE are small but focused on the need to bring policy and practice change. So the job will demand that you work in a collegiate environment and under pressure of deadlines. Water programme: Researches and campaigns and trains on community based rainwater harvesting, groundwater policy, water pollution and decentralized sewage technologies etc. Green rating programme: Prepares techni
Even as there is no reliable estimate on the number of tigers that walk the jungles of India, and no agreement even on how to carry out the census - the tiger population in the country is on the expressway to extinction. Tigers and the large number of ecosystem services they provide are being lost at an unprecedented rate. This has put the future of our generation and the generations to come, under grave danger. The tiger is facing threats from poaching, habitat destruction owing to urbanisation, climate change and a mismanagement that has plagued the country ever since. Unfortunately, the efforts being made to help the tiger fight for survival (his and ours) are but a drop in the ocean. Thus, Delhi Greens, and a series of organisations have come together and have called for a Rally...
1. Tiger Supports Livelihood Tourism is the world's biggest industry. On the ecotour front, the tiger is a star attraction for not just the Indian tourists but also for the people coming from other countries. There are foriegners who come to India only to have a glimpse of the tiger and then there are others who return more than once for another such opportunity. The look in the eyes of a canter that has just come out of a National Park after sighting a tiger is very different from the look and feel of a canter that could not sight any. This eventually impacts the tourist influx thus impacting everyone from the tour companies to the local tour guides. A healthy tiger population thus supports livelihoods as well. 2. Tiger Protects Genetic Diversity Tiger is an umbrella species. It's
A tree hangs not knowing where to go (and neither able to): an art piece from the 48c Public.Art.Ecology Festival The summer this year has been unusually--yet predictably--very hot. Hotter than previous Delhi summers in ways more than one: with not just a peak daily hot session but the high heat intensity starting earlier in the day and not giving any real relief until long after dusk. The city has become an ideal case study for the proponents of climate change, and with the monsoon both arriving late and only giving a guest apperance, the impact of global warming has never been so evident to so many. But is there more to the Delhi summer (heat) of 2009? The city is clearly under construction at present: both under and over ground. Delhi Metro, BRT corridor, Games Village, Malls a
This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change. But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. WED is about taking action to be a part of the solution. And the 30 Daily do something Tips below are a great start. We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through 30 easy ways to green your daily routine, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets. Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of