Mountain Hazelnuts, Bhutan’s only 100% foreign invested company, supports 10,000 hazelnut farmers where they are carefully selected to ensure productivity, maximize social and environmental benefits, such as vulnerable households, or reducing land erosion. The whole system of support, monitoring, and optimization live on a carefully crafted data platform that feeds information to and from the farmers, the…
Madan Poudel, a youth agriculture activist and student from Nepal, is feeling the heat of climate change in his village. This is his personal story on how climate change is affecting his community, and how farmers are trying to adapt to an increasingly variable climate. Read More
Severe effects of climate change had bleached the corals and denuded Maldives’ land mass. President Abdulla Yameen has shown immense fortitude in reclaiming its beaches and shores. This has rejuvenated hope and rekindled its pristine beauty. However, environmentalists are calling for a holistic view to be adapted in the course to this reclamation. Read More
Environmentally conscious women from Sri Lanka pioneer ways to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Sathyanandam Rajeshwari (31) is an example of women from Batticaloa Sri Lanka for whom the environment is a breeding ground that needs to be taken care of and nurtured. Biogas and other renewable sources of energy provides solutions for long…
Over 30 million people could be displaced by a mere 3 foot rise in the sea level near Bangladesh. Approximately one quarter of the country is flooded every year. The mangrove forests are found reduced today leaving the country bare to increasing storms reportedly caused due to climate change. There is an urgent need for the…
The story of a village in Gondpipri taluka of the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra whose claim to Community Forest Rights (CFR) was recognised and title given in the year 2012. The forest is used for harvesting bamboo, as grazing land for livestock and for extracting wood for fuel and farming purposes. Read More
In a hamlet at Kovilmattam, near Kotagiri, in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, a group of Kurumbar tribesmen prepare for anarduous trek to collect honey — a tradition honed into a livelihood by generations — deep inside the dense Shola forests. Read more
Water for the Kaveri and bees for pollinating coffee plantations, the ecosystem services of 1,214 sacred groves of Kodagu is immense. Even though Kodagu groves are protected forests under the Indian Forest Act, they also face pressures similar to the other forest patches in other parts of the country. Read more
We are addicted to convenience, and it’s a fatal attraction both for us and the planet. Ready-made meals, motorised transport, smartphones make our lives a lot easier, but at what cost?
In this deeply insightful book, the author, S. Ignacimuthu, a Jesuit priest and academic, seeks to argue that environmental spirituality is the antidote to the global ecological crisis. Writes Roshan Shah.