The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on ‘Wagging the Dog: The use and abuse of science in marine conservation in Orissa’ by Dr. Kartik Shanker of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Context: The Olive ridley sea turtles nest en masse at a few sites in the world, including Pacific Central America, and Orissa on the east coast of India. More than a hundred thousand turtles nest at these beaches each year, but several tens of thousands are also killed in mechanised fisheries, while habitats are degraded by coastal development. Alongside the various threats that have affected this population over the past three decades, there has been a slew of research and a suite of conservation re
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in its ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on the topic: ‘Dancing with the River: Hybrid landscapes and livelihoods of Chars in Bengal’ by Dr. Kuntala Lahiri Dutt from Australian National University, Australia. Lecture Abstract: In their efforts to redefine the physical-human split in geography, a number of geographers have in recent years contested the nature-culture binary in understanding the environment. The ‘hybrid landscapes’ they imagine are where nature is neither entirely autonomous of human endeavour nor entirely a ‘social nature’ in which human agency constructs all environments. Following this line of argument, the Lecture will present the chars, small pieces of low-lying, sandy, all
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library invites all interested to a Public Lecture on Science, democracy and ecology in contemporary India' by Prof. Madhav Gadgil. The public lecture is being organised as part of NMML's ‘Science, society and nature’ series. Today’s environment- development debate is cast in inappropriate terms of just two choices. This is a false contradiction; the real issue is not whether India can afford the so-called luxury of worrying about environment, but whether India can afford to slide into a lawless, tyrannical society that abuses the liberating spirit of science. Economics, properly interpreted, tells us that any country should aim at ensuring a harmonious development of the sum total of nation’s capital stocks of natural, man-made, human and social capita
The Oceanic Group invites all citizens to a Seminar and Panel Discussion on River Rejuvenation & Sustainable Development: Vision 2030. The Seminar will be chaired by Magsaysay Award recipient Rajendra Singh, who is traveling to all states of India and leading the 'Jan Jal Jodo Abhiyan', an initiative to reconnect the communities with rivers and water bodies. Prof. Santosh Kumar, Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre will Co-Chair the seminar and Mr. Sushil Kumar Singh, MP & Member, Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Gas will be the Guest of Honour. Date: 25 June 2013 Time: 6.45 pm Venue: Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Center, New Delhi Justice Shambhunath Srivastava, Retd HC Judge will deliver Keynote Address while Mr
The environs of Delhi Ridge: now getting infested with polythene and other waste material. The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library invites all interested to a day long workshop on 'Ecology and Society'. The workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones. Date: 24 May, 2013 (Friday) Time: 9.00 am Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), New Delhi For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent
The Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and The H.Y. Sharada Prasad Memorial Committee cordially invite all interested to H.Y. Sharada Prasad Memorial Lecture on the topic 'Recovering Nature in a Crowded Subcontinent' by Dr. Ullas Karanth, Director for Science – Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society. Date: 15th April, 2013 (Monday) Time: 5:30 pm Venue: Auditorium, Library Building Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House, New Delhi. Tea will be served at 5.00 pm Image by Ramaswamy via CC
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library cordially invites all interested to a Seminar on ‘40 years of environmental governance, policy and gender studies: Where do we stand?’ by Dr. Seema Arora Jonsson of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden It is now widely accepted, even if not always acted upon, that gender is an important category that needs to be taken account in environmental governance - in policy, practice and academic writing on the subject. Forty years of gender research in the field of environmental management and governance has shown us that women’s work in the environment is often unacknowledged. Feminists have demonstrated the ways in which women’s work is invisibilized and discrimination comes about. A backdrop of 40 years of feminist scholarship and
There is an unequivocal evidence of warming of Earth’s surface on global scale. The primary agent that has led to this warming is the monotonic increase in carbon dioxide during the past 100 years. The contribution of India to this increase in carbon dioxide is small (less than 5%). Hence any policy changes undertaken by India will not have much impact on global warming in the short term (i.e., decades). The path India adopts for generation of electricity will be crucial in the long term (i.e., century) efforts to reduce carbon dioxide by the global community. The impact of climate change on extreme weather events (heat waves, floods, droughts) in India is evident clearly. Regional climate change is not on account of increase in carbon dioxide alone. The large increase in aerosols a
India International Centre and The Green Circle of Delhi invites all interested citizens to the release of a first of its kind initiative - the "First Tree Census Report of Delhi by Citizens: Sarvodaya Enclave". The Report is a compilation of the rigorous, consistent and focused tree census survey by volunteers which was led by Padmawati Dwivedi of Compassionate Living and a resident of the area. It also speaks about the determination, the will and also the need to document the trees of Delhi before we lose them to mindless and unplanned construction activities. The Report will be released by Shri Praveen Kumar Tripathi, Chief Secretary of Delhi and a key presentation on the Report will be delivered by Ms. Padmavati Dwivedi. Date: 17 October, 2012 (Wednesday) Time: 6.30 pm (Please ...
The North East of India is a link region between the Indo-Gangetic plains and the highlands of Myanmar and southwestern China. This is the meeting ground of three great civilisations and "where India begins to look less and less India and more and more like the highlands of southeast Asia". For sixty years since decolonisation , the northeast has been a zone of endemic low intensity conflict since it is this region that post colonial India's grandiose national building project was repeatedly challenged by battling ethnicities . The region has been increasingly militarised and continues to suffer from both a democracy and development deficit. But if India learns to look at northeast's demographic diversity and geo-strategic location as an asset and plays into the emerging geo-politic...