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?
The latest edition of the Living Planet report and an index based on it, prepared by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London, have projected a very worrying picture of biodiversity, especially animal life, in the near future. It says the world is losing its biodiversity at an alarming rate and very soon there will be irreparable loss of a good part of life on earth.
Reviving traditional water bodies, and not environmentally-unsustainable mega projects which are expensive, is the most viable solution to deal with water scarcity in parched lands like Bundelkhand.
In this press release, activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh describes the life of Somanna, an amazing tribal leader who, unfairly denied the Rajyotsava award at the last minute (after having been shortlisted for it), was awarded a crowd-funded ‘Janarajyotsava’ award instead. Congratulations, Somanna!
VikalpSangam (‘Alternatives Confluences’) networks groups and individuals working on alternatives to the currently dominant model of development and governance. This note attempts to lay out thoughts towards a process of VikalpSangam in an effort to stimulate dialogue and visioning. From COUNTERCURRENTS.ORG.
In 2003, the Cauvery Family, an initiative involving stakeholders in both states, came close to a breakthrough, but the lack of government support killed it. From Scroll.in.