Story of a Wetland

Kerala’s Kadalundi, a picturesque wetland with its mangrove forests, has kept the climate evenly balanced in the region. The nourishing ground water has been a  haven for breeding fish and frogs. They stood as a bulwark against the tsunami. Jamsheena Mullapatt in her essay says that the unique culture with its fauna and fauna is now on the brink of destruction with declining rainfall, dumping of plastic and bio waste and rise in mercury levels.

Climate Change or System Change?

Climate Change or System Change?

If we are going to limit global warming to the 2-degree Celsius benchmark, there will need to be a fundamental shift in the economy: away from growth-at-any cost globalization – a system that is heavily tilted in favor of the biggest corporations and financial institutions – towards more diversified, localized economies that serve the real needs of people and the planet. Read more about causes and solutions in this Local Futures Action Paper.

Hosakerehalli Lake Rejuvenation

Hosakerehalli Lake Rejuvenation

The Hosakerahalli Lake at Banashankari 3rd Stage was blessed with plenty of rainfall, deep catchment areas and crystal clear water. With the coming in of apartment complexes, land mafia, rampant corruption and mindless greed the lake was literally choked over time. Now it is full of effluents, detergents and mind numbing pollution choking the life of the inhabitants living close by.

The flip side is the Jakkur Lake which was rejuvenated and made to come alive with citizen participation, where they cleaned the lake on Sundays and planted trees. There are fish thriving with an off take of over 100 kg every day and probably sailing every so often.

Rekha Sampath concludes that if we join hands with the local government and work in sync with the administration we can dream the “Impossible Dream:” A healthy environment for us and for our children! 

Global Warming and Ground-Nut Cultivation

Global Warming and Groundnut Cultivation

Groundnut farming has the potential to generate income irrespective of weather conditions. The requirement is wisdom in adapting to changed circumstances, says Rama S. Arakalagudu in this article. Reverting to traditional methods of inter-cropping can bring in a wholesome ambiance where crops, birds, and insects live in a symbiotic relationship. This is a model for us to emulate, instead of quick fixes for ‘big bucks’ using chemical fertilizers, monocropping and aggressive marketing. This blinkered view has destroyed a whole generation. Dependent industries like oil extraction plants have all but collapsed in the Central Districts of Karnataka, throwing thousands out of gainful employment. The underlying theme of the writer is an appeal to go back to the rhythms of our forefathers or face the brunt of mass annihilation. Grim but True!

Climate change effects on the agricultural economy in Villuppuram District

The unabated emissions of greenhouse gases have induced major changes in the atmosphere, resulting in unseasonable rainfalls, severe drought and rising sea levels. Scientific Studies have proven that the  by 0.8 degrees Celsius rise in temperature  have  melted glaciers, submerged  islands and threatened  coastal nations. Arun Nedunchezhian articulates that Villupuram in North Eastern Tamil Nadu has borne the brunt of changing Monsoon and altering average temperature. He underlines the need for social justice for the farmer in this changing environment of people migration by waiving loans and offering subsidized rates for fertilizers.