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Mahatma of the Mountains

Sundarlal Bahuguna, who applied Gandhi’s non-violent tools to fight environmental injustice, holds a special place in independent India’s environmental history.

On a Cup of Tea and a Coconut Tree

Do we shrug off the existential heartburn on seeing a tree being axed, blaming it on the inevitable progression of things?

Re-exploring Earth Song

Music is a universal language that transcends borders, reinforces beliefs, has the power to become a catalyst for social change, and can possibly heal the world. Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, released in 1995, continues to be relevant today, and this essay explores the profound messages communicated urging viewers to adopt environmental rights as a way forward.

Policy versus Pretence

Air: Pollution, Climate Change and India’s Choice Between Policy and Pretence by Dean Spears, Noida: HarperCollins, 2019; pp x + 258, ₹ 250.

Floods in Indian Rivers: Are Dams and Embankments the Solution or the Problem?

While dams and embankments are often touted as interventions for better flood management, they have often been at the root of more severe flood disasters. */

​We Did It!

When we found light, not only fire, But also the fluorescent bulb bright, we did it. To think that we could keep sunlight, All through the night, we did it. When we ploughed the earth, but forgot to nurture it. Got our food and plundered it, we did it. When we made those mines, And said clean...

Exploring the 4-Cs Framework

In India, mainstream environmentalism and development situate biodiversity conservation and human well-being as mutually exclusive goals. This is contentious because a large section of India’s population has inextricable economic, social, political, and cultural linkages with its rich biodiversity. The 4-Cs framework is suggested to address human well-being within the purview of ecosystem assessment and management by incorporating multiple social-ecological variables. Examples of domains, attributes, and indicators of human well-being are examined in the context of the Forest Rights Act (2006). Further, the framework can be tailor-made to guide conservation practitioners, establish the discourse on human well-being in the field of biodiversity science, and broaden the normative understanding of human well-being as an essential outcome of biodiversity conservation.

Interconnectedness of Illegal Wildlife Trade and COVID-19

Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic’s interlinkages with illegal wildlife trade have caught a lot of attention and been touted as a primary cause. Dwelling on the carrier species of coronavirus that have been implicated and the channels of zoonotic spillover, the policies implemented to curb bushmeat consumption with incomplete ramifications to curb illegal wildlife markets are critiqued. The urgent need to address the problem is highlighted, requiring significant enforcement efforts at the local and national level along with transnational cooperation to make them successful. There is a need for alternative coordinated solutions for the COVID-19 vaccine which ironically finds its origin in a wildlife product.

A Multidimensional Approach to Human Ecology

Understanding Human Ecology: Knowledge, Ethics and Politics by Geetha Devi T V, Routledge, Oxon and New York, 2019; pp xii + 227, ₹ 695.00.

The Myth of Sustainable Development in Mumbai’s Infrastructure Projects

The flip side of the ongoing and proposed infrastructure projects in Mumbai is explored. The concept of sustainable development is juxtaposed with the ramifications these projects have on the environment, and some important ecological questions are raised.

The Promise of Environmental Action for Economic Growth

While governments around the world cite job losses as the reason for the lack of enthusiasm to invest in climate action, research indicates that the green economy has the potential to create employment and spur economic growth.

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