Strikes, such as those organised by Greta Thunberg, are a start — an important start. But the choices you and I make — who to work for, who to vote for, and who to buy from — will be what moves the world.
Lok Sabha Election 2019: Compelling local narrative, targeted income scheme could make water a voting issue
Today, popular narrative spins ‘provision’ (of water, versus 'management') as being poor-friendly. That must change if we want to make water management resonate with the voters.
At the heart of the politician-water nexus is the need to balance different interests — between groups and within the same group.
How the British transformed, subjugated the Punjab through canals — and left it vulnerable to external shocks
History’s rhythmic drumbeats echo loudly in the Indus valley, and in how the British transformed a community-based rural economy (one that was arguably ill-equipped to make that transition) to a market-based economy, and left it vulnerable to external shocks.
Amid calls for Indus' geopolitical weaponising, a reminder of how climate change has affected the river in the past
In the days following the Pulwama attack, one suggestion for retaliation has been to “cut off” the waters of the Indus to downstream Pakistan. Can we ‘turn off’ the tap though? After all, the Indus (and her tributaries) are mighty rivers — the annual flow of the Indus is estimated to be upwards of 200 cubic kilometres.
Marrying climate change and financial sustainability: The curious and troubling case of coal in India - II
Coal’s viability is a fight with Economics and Climate ranged on one side vs Democratic realities and Financial stability on the another.
Marrying climate change and financial sustainability: The curious and troubling case of coal in India - I
More than three quarters of India’s electricity is generated by burning coal. The international community would prefer the better part of India’s coal to stay below ground. Indian development enthusiasts would beg to differ. In the stridency of their arguments, the nuances that could lead to a solution — of both climate and finance — can perhaps be missed.
Data, democracy and decision making: A look at climate change and India through the prism of past, present, future
In this column, Mridula Ramesh considers the past, through five pieces of data, the present political context, and three important events in the coming year that are central to climate change and India.
Lessons from Madhya Pradesh, Telangana elections on what works, what doesn't in solving India's water crisis
Can India’s water crisis be conquered? Yes, it can. Israel, that receives far less rain than we do, grows mangoes in its desert, showing water supply is clearly not the problem. Lack of water management is.
Delhi air pollution: Not bans, solutions must be explored to end practice of stubble burning by farmers
If we want to reduce Delhi’s air pollution in winter, then we need to address biomass burning
The #MeToo movement is a protest against a specific manifestation (harassment) of gender inequality and power imbalance. There are few forces as powerful as climate change in exacerbating that inequality and tilting the power balance away from women, which makes it imperative to ask how a warming climate will affect women.
Amid India's intensifying crisis, why voters don't care about water management — and how that can change
We are a raucous democracy — every day there are protests — large and small. So why are we not protesting the lack of management (not provision) of our common goods, such as water?
The World Bank study suggests that transitioning farmers to non-agricultural jobs, providing additional schooling and reducing water stress could reduce the climate change hit on India’s GDP from 2.8 percent to 2.4 percent. But is this feasible, and, pertinently, who should initiate action?
Seeing the same pattern — drought and heatwaves combining with faulty societal decisions — wreaking havoc everywhere, from Portugal to India, brings home the message that we really are living in one world. The only world we have. And it is warming.
Bishnoi community's persistence in pursuing blackbuck poaching case against Salman Khan offers vital lessons
One consistent narrative in Salman Khan’s story has been the commitment of the Bishnoi tribe in following up on the case. To the Bishnoi, nature is sacred, and they are willing to sacrifice for its wellbeing. They are the guardians of that forest.
In Little Rann, a life lived on the margins highlights need to strike a balance in man vs wild conflict
The conflict brewing in Little Rann highlights that getting the balancing act right between wildlife-and-people is one of the great challenges that India will need to solve
As forests, wildlife and tribals exist in uneasy equilibrium, could lions be prey to sixth mass extinction?
We are in the middle of the sixth great mass extinction in Earth’s history. To put this in perspective, Earth lost the dinosaurs in the last great mass extinction event, 65 million years ago — so this is kind of a big deal | #FirstCulture
2017 has taught us several things about escalating carbon emissions, the real impact of global warming and the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of our elected representatives #YearInReview
Managing urban India’s 1,50,000 tonnes of municipal waste could generate 6,00,000 to 7,50,000 jobs while creating a cleaner environment and ensuring dignity and safety for millions.
Delhi is ranked as the most polluted city of the world, losing up to 30,000 people a year to this menace | #FWeekend