the great derangement

Book Review: The Great Derangement, by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh makes a profound statement in his book The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, proclaiming that individual action is not sufficient to deal with climate change. It needs collective effort, for which writers of fiction must write about climate change so that it becomes as much of a backdrop as war has traditionally been in fiction. Book review by S. Gopikrishna Warrier for FRONTLINE

Green Development Agenda (Manifesto) for Kerala

Green Development Agenda (Manifesto) for Kerala

In March 2016, the Kerala Paristhithi Aikyavedi, an umbrella organisation of environmental groups in the State, released a green development agenda for political parties to incorporate into their manifesto for the elections to the Assembly. Aikyavedi leaders V.S. Vijayan, R. Sridhar and S. Usha said the green agenda was aimed at ensuring the sustainable development of the State. Source: The Hindu.

Mining and Climate Change, as Experienced in Ambalavayal

Ambalayal in Wayanad with its rich biological heritage is on the brink of becoming an environmental disaster. Unprecedented mindless granite quarrying has denuded the land, skewered rainfall patterns and destroyed its pristine heritage. Court Orders have been ignored and licenses for mining have been given to vested interests. An affirmative cursory survey report  without taking into account micro-climatic changes and expert opinions, have stymied all efforts made by activists and local people. CKM Nabeel‘s plea for environmental justice is lost in the cacophony of aggrandizement and greed.

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!