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America, Where are You?

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

The eyes of the world were on President Obama today as he addressed the U.N. on climate change. Throughout his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama promised a sea change in U.S. climate change policy. Much has happened domestically in the eight short months since Mr. Obama took office, but just weeks before the beginning of the


India has Green Kid Power

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

I'm just back from a trip to India, where my 14-year-old daughter and I attended the Sanctuary/Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) Fifth Bengal Tiger Consultation at the Nehru Library in Delhi. The new Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh was a visible presence (promising to do everything in his power to save


Why are tigers in trouble?

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

The tiger has vanished from more half its former range within five short decades due to human land use patterns that have pillaged forested India. Connecting forest corridors  --  vital for wildlife movement and the exchange of genes -- have fallen prey to agricultural fields, canals, mines, power projects and dams.

Earth Hour 2009

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

My daughter Julia and I, and friends and family across New York City and the northeastern U.S., are about to turn our lights out for 60 minutes of Earth Hour 2009... it is 8:18 pm and counting... last light to go out will be the one by the front door... we will arrange candles in the shape of 3-5-0 and take a photo of them to

O-Ba-Ma

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

Restless crowds grow calmer when they chant the name. The name, and the man, represent so much, to so many people. It's a remarkable time to be American, to feel, what, pride in country? So many of us, for so long, have felt alienated by, disassociated from, our own country, preferring to think of ourselves as global citizens,

Nature Nurtures

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

The days are short here in New York. The pale winter sunlight fades by 4:30 in the afternoon, giving way to interminably long, pitch-black nights. Icicles lengthen, new snow falls upon old. Giant lily pads of ice form on the river, making me wonder when I will spot my first ice frog, hopping from pad to pad. Across the river,

Tigers and Terrorism

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

I have been making calls across the country to establish whether or not the forest authorities are aware of the way in which insurgents, separatists and insurrectionists of all descriptions are using unprotected forest wealth to finance their anti-national activities. I was alarmed to discover that forest officers in most


In just a little more than a month, the world will see the end of George W. Bush (one would hope that eight years into his presidency, most Americans would not chuckle at shoe-hurling Iraqis, but be humbled by their fury and pain), though not his poisonous legacy, which we'll have to work long and hard to uproot. Things are


Development Fundamentalists

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

What is it in the make up of humans that prevents them from appreciating the gift of life? I was in Colaba in Mumbai when bombs, grenades and bullets were unleashed on innocents. It took me seven hours to get my family home and safe. There was no anger in me while the ugly saga was playing itself out, just sadness and amazement


Sunlight and Shadow

Posted by: Jennifer Scarlott on

Today, Mumbai reaches one week since terrorists committed unspeakable acts there. What must it be like to be in Mumbai, feeling the strength and fragility of the city and the people? Life is so full of contradictions and contrasts, of sunlight and shadow. F.W. Champion's The Jungle in Sunlight and Shadow sits on