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Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival 2010

Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival 2010

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Started in 2007, the Environment film festival “Quotes from the Earth” is a platform to highlight the environmental challenges at the national and international level through films. Conducted over a period of two days, the film festival goes beyond just viewing films as it is aimed to bring under one umbrella the persistent and the persuasive, with each day culminating into a panel discussion on the day's theme. The festival will be organised on the 4th and 5th of December this year. The first day will be marked with discussions on the relevance of environment education while the Politics of Environment will be dealt with on the second with panelists from education, media, film-making and policy field. The festival will focus on different issues, regions and struggles to give the audien
Call for Entries for Environment Film Festival: Quotes from the Earth 2010

Call for Entries for Environment Film Festival: Quotes from the Earth 2010

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Toxics Link and India International Centre (IIC) invite entries from green film makers for “Quotes from the Earth”, an environmental film festival. Its time again for green filmmakers to show that they care for the environment, want and will make a difference! The Environment Film Festival, 2010 will be held on 4th-5th Dec 2010 at India International Centre, New Delhi. The films should be in and around the environmental milieu and be able to bring to the fore a subject/issue/concern on it. The films should preferably be recent, however a film from the past not gained much public attention but deserves it is an amiss. Of the entries, the films to be screened will be selected by a panel that includes experts from the field. Quotes from the earth is a discursive platform to highligh
Public Lecture on Radioactive Hazards: A Pertinent Issue Facing the Country

Public Lecture on Radioactive Hazards: A Pertinent Issue Facing the Country

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series “We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.” - Marie Curie The role of radioactive substances is largely hidden especially in developing countries like India. With radiation becoming a key concern in today’s time, bringing information in the public domain is needed. The recent radiation exposure and loss of life has caught not only people’s
Invite: Public Lecture on Australian Rainforests and Gandhi

Invite: Public Lecture on Australian Rainforests and Gandhi

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series How the Australian Rainforests were saved - the influence of Gandhi Australia-India Council, Kalpvriksh and Toxics Link cordially invite you to an evening imbued in film, music and ecology by renowned conservationists Speaker: John Seed Very few of us are aware that the world's first direct action in defence of rainforests took place at Terania Creek in northern New South Wales (NSW) Australia in 1979. Strongly influenced by Gandhi's principle of Satyagraha, the movement hugely influenced the drafting of a historic legislation by NSW government in 1982 to protect the rainforests there. John Seed, the founder-director of the Rainforest Information Centre, Australia, has been involved in direct actions that have result
Toxics Link Public Lecture on GM Food: Is India Ready?

Toxics Link Public Lecture on GM Food: Is India Ready?

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series GM Food : Is India Ready? Film screening followed by panel discussion The genetically modified food controversy is a dispute over the relative advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified (GM) food crops and other uses of genetically-modified organisms in food production. The dispute involves biotechnology companies, governmental regulators, non-governmental organizations and scientists. Right to choose safe food is a fundamental right of consumers in a democracy. However, the onslaught of GM crops has been robbing the people of their right to choose. In fact according to some experts the production and promotion of Genetically Modified foods as an act of Bio-terrorism. Safety is a major issue in this controvers
Toxics Link Public Lecture Series: Screening of The Final Tide at IIC

Toxics Link Public Lecture Series: Screening of The Final Tide at IIC

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The Final Tide Impact of Climate Change on Urbanscape: Sustainability Issue Climate change has long-since ceased to be a scientific curiosity, and is no longer just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns. As the United Nations Secretary General has said, it is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time, and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other dimensions that include designing sustainable city forms. Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Key concerns include sea level rise, land loss, changes in maritime storms and flooding, responses to sea leve
Public Lecture: Rejuvenation of River Yamuna: A Blue Print for Action

Public Lecture: Rejuvenation of River Yamuna: A Blue Print for Action

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series River Yamuna today is one of the most polluted and threatened river system in the country. This is despite more than a decade long effort by the state to rejuvenate it under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) with results that do not inspire confidence in either the state's understanding of the problems facing the river or the approach taken by it to mitigate the ills facing the river till date. Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan (YJA) - which is a research based campaign run by a consortium of a number of NGOs and individuals in the city - has studied the river for over two and a half years now, and have resultantly arrived at an understanding about the ills facing the river and possible solutions that would facilitate a rejuventaion of the
Public Lecture on Niyamgiri: The Last Stand of Niyamraja

Public Lecture on Niyamgiri: The Last Stand of Niyamraja

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The Last Stand of Niyamraja In defense of their faith and our collective future, one of the world’s earliest indigenous groups, the Kondhs, in Orissa’s Niyamgiri are fighting to save the Niyamgiri Hills from being dug out for bauxite by a multinational mining giant. This struggle has taken the voice of a small community that has lived a sustainable life for many generations from the pristine forests of Orissa to the head office of the company in London. The Kondh tribal worship the mountain as their God and know that its perennial streams and bountiful forests have allowed them to live with dignity for thousands of years. This is in sharp contrast to their fellow tribesmen who live downhill -- displaced, battered an
Public Lecture: Floods in India, A Recurring Nightmare

Public Lecture: Floods in India, A Recurring Nightmare

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The geoclimatic conditions of India make the country prone to natural disasters like floods and tsunamis. The frequency and intensity of floods has grown in the country over the years primarily because of the increased encroachment of flood plains. India receives an annual rainfall of 400 million hectare meters. 75 per cent of the annual rainfall is received during monsoon (from June to September) and, as a result almost all the rivers carry heavy discharge during these four months. Floods being a natural phenomena, total elimination or control of floods is neither practically possible nor economically viable. Hence, flood management aims at providing a reasonable degree of protection against flood damage at economic cost
Public Lecture: Facts You Should Know About A/H1N1 Influenza

Public Lecture: Facts You Should Know About A/H1N1 Influenza

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series A(H1N1), is a subtype of influenza virus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans, including the strain(s) responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic which killed 50–100 million people worldwide. Less virulent H1N1 strains still exist in the wild today, worldwide, causing a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. World wide A/H1N1 virus has been confirmed in 5,728 patients in 33 countries, WHO said. The United States has the most, with 3,009 confirmed cases in 45 states, nearly 600 more probable cases and three deaths. Mexico has 58 confirmed deaths and Canada and Costa Rica each have confirmed one death from the infect