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
Indigenous traditions around the world have been mindful of the need to care for the environment in order to ensure the continuation of life on our planet. Their cultural beliefs and practices can often be found emphasising on a way of life that premises itself on the idea of co-existence. These are of great importance…
‘URAVU’ is a thought-provoking portrayal of the contradiction that exists in the abuse of water in urban capitalist spaces at a time when its scarcity haunts poor rural households. By following a day in the life of a poor village woman working at a mall in the city, the film highlights the wastefulness of a scarce resource by the rich when the poor continue to endure great suffering.
‘VARSHA HARSHA’ tells the story of an initiative taken by the local community for the rejuvenation of a dried up lake in the Malenadu region of Karnataka.
‘FROM GARBAGE TO GOLD’ deals with the issue of organic waste and climate change, and proposes the conversion of organic waste into bio-gas as a mitigation and adaptation strategy.
‘WEAVERS OF SHORELINE’ depicts the impact of climate change on mangrove vegetation in Kerala. The film advocates rejuvenation of mangrove stretches as a climate change mitigation strategy.
This study booklet aims to provide an overview of producers’ collectives in India, which broadly falls under the cooperative movement. It will also highlight some case studies of successful collective organizations, with a variety of organizational styles and under different laws, mainly to get a taste of the diversity of rural collectives in India.
Media coverage on climate change deliberations peaked in December 2015 when the Climate Summit hosted by the United Nations was taking place in Paris. The conference was attended by 195 countries with around 150 world leaders and dignitaries. Many countries, including India, have pledged ambitious targets for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. One of…