2018 Fireflies Dialogues – Dialogue, Reconciliation & Healing

The 2018 edition of the Fireflies Dialogues, focusing on Dialogue, Reconciliation and Healing, will be held from 8-11 February, 2018 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre in Bangalore, India. The Fireflies Dialogues happen yearly through Pipal Tree’s Meeting Rivers programme (Bangalore, India) and Dialogues en Humanité (Lyon, France). The Dialogues create opportunities for thinkers, artists, activists, students, journalists, policy makers, bureaucrats, scholars,…

Farmers’ Conclave: Sustainable Livelihoods in Dryland Regions

Dear Friend, Greetings from Pipal Tree, Bangalore! Pipal Tree, in collaboration with Sahaja Samrudha, is hosting a get-together of farmers from the dry-land regions of India from 18-20 December 2017 at Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore. This get-together of farmers is aimed at sharing best innovative and traditional practices in dry-land farming and allied activities, identifying issues and challenges…

Unabated Climate Change Would Reverse the Hard-Earned Development Gains in Asia — New Report

Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Under a business-as-usual scenario, a…

Climate impacts hit 750 million South Asians over 10 years

Almost 750 million people in South Asia were affected by floods, droughts, extreme rainfall, heat waves and sea-level rise — all impacts of climate change or worsened by it — in the first decade of this millennium, according to new research by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Read the full story on the India Climate Dialogue website.

Workshop: Creating a Sustainable Future

Creating a sustainable future, a 6-day Workshop at Auroville, near Pondicherry (September 17-23, 2017), will explore an integral approach to sustainable practices and introduces some of the technologies being developed and implemented in the international community of Auroville in South India. The workshop will also explore inner sustainability, without which humanity will not be able to achieve a…

SHORT FILM: URAVU

‘URAVU’ is a thought-provoking portrayal of the contradiction that exists in the abuse of water in urban capitalist spaces at a time when its scarcity haunts poor rural households. By following a day in the life of a poor village woman working at a mall in the city, the film highlights the wastefulness of a scarce resource by the rich when the poor continue to endure great suffering.