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The Black And The Green

October 2010: “Sir, I’m really interested in doing something for the environment. What do you suggest I do?”


I get asked this all the time, most often by law college undergraduates. It puzzles me. What makes these young men and women so passionate about ‘wanting to do something’?

Sierra Club India Environment Post: Leadership On Fossil Fuels Better To Burn Out Or Fade Away?

October 11, 2010: This past weekend civil society members from around the world descended on Washington D.C. for the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings. With the memory of the Eskom Medupi battle fresh in the minds of many, and the World Bank energy strategy review well underway, the meetings were a chance for civil society to forcefully advocate for the Bank to phase out lending for fossil…

Jairam Ramesh On Environment And Development

September 28, 2010: Jairam Ramesh Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment and Forests, Government of India, is a clear thinking human being. One might differ with him on this issue or that, but almost everyone would agree that his his head and heart are in synch.


September 16, 2010: India was once an entirely forested land and sacred trees like the Peepul and Banyan figure prominently in the early water colour paintings of the Company period and in fact embellish them with the character of the culture of sacred places in India such as Varanasi, Calcutta, etc. and such paintings may be seen in large canvases in the Victoria memorial.

Corbett: Tiger Tourism Or Tiger Trauma?

June 2010: “The phalanx of resorts on the eastern boundary of the park interrupts the once continuous corridor used by elephants, tigers and other wild animals to access the Kosi river and the forests of the Ramnagar Division. Very few resorts have an acceptably low ecological footprint.

How Can People Be So Heartless?

I do not understand how people can treat animals with no respect, and even mistreat them, when we are animals as well. I have three cats and a dog (all of them either shelter animals or we found them on the street) and I know they have incredibly strong feelings, much to many people’s disbelief. I love animals because I have had pets all my life, and I love wildlife in general mainly because of all…

Science The Scapegoat: The Curious Case Of The Extinction Of Tigers In Panna

December 2009: Way back in 2002, Uttara Mendiratta remembers being enthralled by the sight of two tiger cubs playing in the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. A few years after that encounter, as a senior researcher with the Wildlife Protection Society of India, she was investigating tiger poaching on the basis of several reports that Panna was experiencing a high level of organised…

Can the Forest Rights and Wildlife (Protection) Acts be friends?

It’s an old mistake. Lush tropical forests give people the erroneous impression that the land itself is rich. Therefore, when politicians and planners, unfamiliar with ecological realities, see standing forests they think to themselves: “Why waste this land on animals, when humans could use it more productively to grow food.” This is the basis on which the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional…

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