Louis B Figaredo uses the case of the Paniyas to drive home the importance of traditional knowledge. This community has for several decades depended on the forests and farmlands for sustenance and because of which respect their respect for the environment is immense. Above: Paniya tribe cultivating paddy in leased land.
The media in India, especially the Indian languages media, has a vital role in creating awareness among the general public and in engaging policy makers on aspects related to climate justice, low carbon farming, alternative energy and other mitigation and adaptation strategies. The communication campaign of Pipal Tree is hence aimed at facilitating alliances of freelance writers, social researchers and activists to come out with stories and articles on how climate change is being felt by communities, and what would form effective adaptation measures for those whose livelihood is affected by the changing climatic patterns.
This release is a compilation of articles written and published by twelve freelance writers from the three South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala during the programme year 2014-15.
Available languages: English, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
P. N. Venugopal uses the small town of Alappuzha, Kerala, to highlight the issues of waste management in many towns and cities in India, and the amazing things that can be achieved jointly through community and government action. Picture above: Aerobic compost unit in Alappuzha Municipality.