The situation of reedbeds seems irreversible, as the rivers are drying up. What is remaining is being dug and sucked up. The birds who roost and feed their young are ‘demented’ about the changed situation. Thatched homes with straw and reeds which were a common sight is now being rapidly replaced with Tin and Plastic. We probably need to answer the Latin expression Quo Vadis – Where are you going!! Writes Lingaraja Venkatesh. [Picture Above: A Streaked Weaver Bird working on building its nest.]
What and who gives humans the right to its ecosystem? Ancient and today’s tribal communities believe that their right to utilize resources in the ecosystem on which they depend is encompassed with a huge responsibility to protect and conserve it. In all situations right is a community (such as family, office, institution, association, organization, state or any other group), and therefore there is no such thing as private or individual right. This makes responsibility also beyond the self. The author Nirmal Selvamony provides interesting insights with examples, into rights and responsibilities towards our ecosystem.
“Climate Change and Grassroots Adaptation Process” describes case studies carried out in five distinct ecosystems in India. These studies sought to use communities’ knowledge and skills to identify alternative options for livelihood adaptation in the face of changing weather and socioeconomic conditions, therefore reducing vulnerability to longer-term climate change.
As climate change and world conflicts continue to worsen, more refugees are created every day. Abeer Seikaly designed a foldable tent that collects and heats rainwater, converts sunlight into electricity, and has a heating and cooling system for refugees to have a home wherever they are. From Green Building Elements.
Religion, Culture and Ecological Crisis looks at contemporary religious and secular thinkers’ responses to the ecological crisis and their proposals for the way(s) forward.
The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change, endorsed by Islamic scholars from around the world, calls on countries to phase out greenhouse gas emissions and switch to 100% renewable energy. Released during a two-day symposium on Islam and climate change in Istanbul, the Declaration explains why Muslims should be responsible activists for the welfare of the planet and sets out a series of demands to world leaders and the business community.
Nepali farmers find environmentally-friendly cultivation methods increase yields – and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall. From Climate News Network.
These writings, drawn from various cultural and religious traditions, are unique, provocative and absorbing. Profoundly compassionate, they explore the responses of some of the most creative and original thinkers of our time as they grapple with the personal, social and ecological challenges around them.
This is the century where humanity will be tested as never before. Will we be able to deal with the massive levels of poverty and injustice that all societies are faced with in lesser or greater degrees? Will we be able to change our lifestyles and evolve sustainable futures where solutions can be found to the climate crisis? Above all, can religions, spiritualities and secular ethics inspire communities to embrace a more holistic vision to live in peace with each other and the planet? The essays in this book are both spiritually fulfilling and pro-active in seeking to deal with these challenges. One cannot read them without being deeply moved by the urgency of the insights they seek to articulate.