Environment & Ecology: Books, Reports & Newsletters

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  1. Fire in the Heart, Firewood on the Back – writings on and by Himalayan Crusader Sunderlal Bahuguna by Vinish Gupta. (Checked on 24 May 2021)
  2. The book Anubandh: Building Hundred-mile Communities is an appeal by Ela R. Bhatt (of SEWA) for building holistic and mutually beneficial communities that are mindful of the impact that our acts of daily living have on the land, and on the people. If the six basic needs of daily life—food, clothing, housing, health, education, and banking can largely be met with locally, within a hundred-mile radius, people will find diverse, innovative solutions to the problems of poverty, exploitation, and environmental degradation. (checked on 5 Nov. 2018)
  3. Alternative Futures: India Unshackled, (Edited by Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy) with 35 essays on the future of India, seen through the lens of practitioner-thinkers from various sectors: arts and crafts, environment/conservation, gender and sexuality, minorities, culture, localisation, cities and villages, knowledge and technology, health, water / energy / biomass /food, pastoralism, adivasis, dalits, industry and markets/bazaars, democracy, law, education, transportation, and ideologies. Read a review of this volume (checked on 27 Feb. 2018).
  4. Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed for reversing global warming by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer. (drawdown– the point when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere begin to decline year to year) The book maps, measures, models, and describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. In conducting the research, the authors found a plan, a blueprint that already exists in the world in the form of humanity’s collective wisdom, made manifest in applied, hands-on practices and technologies. Individuals, communities, farmers, cities, companies, and governments are doing something extraordinary. This is their story. (checked on 2 Jul. 2018)
  5. Ecoctober 2020’ by Saumya John is an array of reflective writings that brings together plural perspectives on the mentioned topics, and also, necessary ones. It lays out the interconnectedness of various elements in a candid manner, such that it nudges the reader to self-reflect. (checked on 23 Nov. 2020)
  6. ‘The real Chipko’: How Shekhar Pathak wrote the first exhaustive, people’s history of the movement. An essay on Pathak’s new book which focuses on the ordinary, often unlettered, men, women and children who shaped the forest rights struggle. (checked on 27 Dec. 2020)
  7. The Role of Sherpa Culture in Nature Conservationhttps://www.iccaconsortium.org/index.php/2016/12/31/the-role-of-sherpa-culture-in-nature-conservation/ (checked on 23 Jul. 2018)
  8. Sherpa Cultural and  Ecological Reflectionshttps://www.iccaconsortium.org/index.php/2018/07/23/sherpa-cultural-and-ecological-reflections/ (checked on 23 Jul. 2018)
  9. तेन्जीङ टासी शेर्पा नेपाली पुस्तक सेर्पा सांस्कृतिक तथा पर्यावरणीय प्रतिविम्ब (Sherpa Cultural and Ecological Reflections) (checked on 16 Jul. 2018)
  10. Coping with Climate Change, edited by Dr Suman Sahai, is an information resource as an e-book which deals with the impact of climate change on sectors relevance to rural communities, like agriculture, food, forests, biodiversity, water, ecosystems, soil and water management and international negotiations. It includes a section on making agriculture and food production more sustainable and better adapted to climate change. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  11. 100 Best Climate Solutions—And Why They’re Going to Work. An interview with the environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. (checked on 9 May 2017)
  12. Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives by Gareth Dale, and Manu V. Mathai Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira outlines three main lines of critique on the green growth project. It asks: what explains modern society’s investment in it, why has it emerged as a master concept in the contemporary conjuncture, and what social forces does it serve? Second, it unpicks and explains the contradictions within a series of prominent green growth projects. Finally, it weighs up the merits and demerits of alternative strategies and policies, asking the vital question: ‘if not green growth, then what?’ (checked on 20 Mar. 2017)
  13. In the title Our Future in Nature: Trees, Spirituality and Ecology, author Edmund Barrow speaks to different audiences including leaders and people from different religious and spiritual traditions who want to understand more about ecology. There are strong messages for conservationists to engage more actively in the spirituality of nature. The book can help to heal and engage. (checked on 6 May 2019)
  14. State of India’s Birds, 2020. Comprehensive assessment of the distribution range, trends in abundance, and conservation status for most of the bird species that regularly occur in India. Based on substantial amount of data from citizen scientists, this national-level assessment of birds is a significant step forward in the monitoring and conservation of India’s rich and varied biodiversity. (checked on 3 Mar. 2020)
  15. Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani and others. Seeking better explanations of the underlying causes and consequences of climate change, and mapping strategies toward a better future, or at a minimum, the most likely best-case world that we can get to, this book envisions planetary social movements robust enough to spark the necessary changes needed to achieve deeply sustainable and just economic, social, and political policies and practices. (checked on 16 Oct. 2019)
  16. Churning the Earth: The Making of Global India. Aseem Shrivastava and Ashish Kothari, Viking/Penguin 2012. A detailed critique of economic globalisation in India and its impacts on people and the environment; and a search for alternatives. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015). Hindi (much shorter) version: पृथ्वी मंथन – वैश्विक भारत बनाने की कहानी
  17. Biodiversity and Climate Change: An Indian Perspective edited by J R Bhatt, Arundhati Das and Kartik Shanker, describes the challenges in balancing the conservation of India’s biological wealth with the enhancement of human development and well-being and the addition through Climate Change of another dimension to the challenge. It also explains how preserving biological diversity is the most effective fway of facilitating adaptation to the Climate Change challenge. (checked on 2 Mat. 2020)
  18. पृथ्वी मंथन : वैश्विक भारत बनाने की कहानी – भारत मे आर्थिक वैश्वीकरण के पर्यावरणीय, सामाजिक, तथा सान्स्क्रितिक दुशप्रभाव, व उसके विकल्प पर व्यापक विश्लेशण. असीम श्रीवास्तव और अशीष कोठारी की अंग्रेज़ी किताब ‘चर्निंग दी अर्थ : द मेकिंग ऑफ़ ग्लोबल इंडिया’ (Churning the Earth: the Making of Global India) का योगेंद्र दत्त कृत संक्षिप्त हिन्दी अनुवाद. (checked on 1 Sep. 2016)
  19. Reserved! Indigenous Peoples facing Nature Conservation  the first Atlas on Indigenous Peoples and Nature Conservation. It illustrates the complex relationship between conservation projects and indigenous peoples rights. It shows new ways of redesigning conservation models, through participatory approaches, support to indigenous ownership of the projects, and local civil society dynamics. (checked on 2 Feb. 2017)
  20. An Introduction to A Naturalist’s Journal by M Yuvan published by Notion Press. This is a book for people of all ages that will surely make you look at spiders, caterpillars and many of Nature’s creations with new eyes and a gladdened heart.  Any teacher taking children on Nature walks or struggling to make biology classes interesting can use his essays to bring in a spark of excitement and involvement to children today who are so alienated from Nature. (Checked on 23 Oct. 2017)
  21. “The river is us; the river is in our veins”: re-defining river restoration in three Indigenous communities by Coleen A. Fox, et al conducted collaborative research with representatives from three Indigenous nations in three counteries to explore the relationship between Indigenous ways of knowing and being and their restoration efforts and observed  that restoration has the potential to not only restore ecosystem processes and services, but to repair and transform human relationships with rivers and create space politically for decolonizing river governance. (checked on 3 Jul. 2018)
  22. Lean Logic by David Fleming explores themes including ethics, science, relationships, culture, policy, art and history, but unconventionally for a book of such varied themes, it is structured in dictionary format, with each entry followed by a list of other related entries. Positive spirit and humour suffuse its pages.  (checked on 30 Jan. 2018)
  23. Individual action is essential if we want to avoid climate chaos. How to Live a Low-Carbon Life  by Chris Goodall (published by Earthscan) shows how easy it is to take responsibility, providing a one-stop reference guide to calculating your CO2 emissions and reducing them to a sustainable 3 tonnes per year. (reviewed in The Guardian.(checked on 31 Dec. 2015)
  24. Carbon Counter: Calculate Your Carbon Footprint by Mark Lynas published by Harper Collins is a pocket-size book which focuses on CO2. (reviewed in The Guardian.(checked on 31 Dec. 2015)
  25. Two volumes of collected essays by Samuel Alexander – Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits. and Sufficiency Economy:Enough for Everyone, Forever – have proactive ideas of restructuring societies to promote far simpler conceptions of the good life, based on notions of sufficiecy, frugality, appropriate technilogy and local economy. (checked on 8 Sep. 2015)
  26. Eco-Sufficiency and Global Justice: Women write Political Ecology edited by Ariel Salleh. This book brings academics and alternative globalisation activists into conversation. (checked on 1 Dec. 2017)
  27. Eco-Feminism as Politics: nature, Marx and the postmodern by Ariel Salleh provides and antidote to neo-liberal complacency; and is as essential for activists in an era of globalization as it is for scholars of social theory, women;s studies, environmental and postcolonial studies. (checked on 1 Dec. 2017)
  28. Protected Area Governance and Management presents a compendium of original text, case studies and examples from across the world, by drawing on the literature, and on the knowledge and experience of those involved in protected areas. The book synthesises current knowledge and cutting-edge thinking from the diverse branches of practice and learning relevant to protected area governance and management. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  29. Birds, Wild Animals and Agriculture: Conflict and Coexistence in India by Tara Gandhi, published by Universities Press, explores the multidimensional relationship between agriculture and wildlife in India – the tolerance and the conflicts. It explains the need for a multi-sectoral, locale-specific approach to mitigate distress and to encourage an agreeable relatioship between humans and animals. (posted 6 Jul. 2015)
  30. CCA Directory: Community Conserved Areas or CCAs are now an internationally recognized phenomenon. This Directory is the world’s first country-wide compilation and analysis of CCAs. It describes a diversity of  initiatives, attempting to gain a deeper understanding of conservation of biological diversity, local livelihoods, peoples’ rights and development, through around 140 case studies across 23 Indian states. This Directory hopes to strengthen the efforts of communities conserving their wildlife and natural resources all over the country. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  31. Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives, edited by Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira and published by Zed Books, probes the provenance of the discourse, unpicks its contradictions using case studies from various countries, and explores and interrogates the space of alternatives.  (checked on 22 Feb. 2016)
  32. The Conservation Revolution by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher. Building a razor-sharp critique of current conservation proposals and their contradictions, the authors propose convivial conservation as the way forward. This approach goes beyond protected areas and faith in markets to incorporate the needs of humans and nonhumans within integrated and just landscapes. (checked on 9 Dec. 2019)
  33. Other India Bookstore is crammed with publications exclusively from the global South, a one-stop shop for books on environmental issues with hard-to-find treasures on every shelf. Customers served by mail order. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  34. Voices for Green Choices is a handy guide to non-toxic household products by Vinita S. It offers critical information about products, ingredients and their implact on the environment, enabling the consumer to link such information with individual choices made at the time of purchase and use. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  35. Wrong Theory by Girish Abhyankar, rewritten by Ajey Hardeekar. This book is an attempt at a unified theory addressing questions on appropriateness and cost of technology and related issues, the emerging philosophical aspects concerning human life and, finally, a case-study. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  36. Shankar Guha Niyogi: His Work and Thinking (including his last article, Our Environment), Jan Vikas Andolan, Dharwad, India, 1992. As a trade union leader Niyogi tried to integrate workers’ interests with environmental protection, and got killed for exposing and resisting exploitation and illegal activities of industrialists. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  37. हरित साधक: विकासाच्या मुख्य प्रवाहात न राहता  वेगळ्या वाटा चोखाळणारे, स्वतःचे स्वास्थ्य व पर्यावरणाची सुस्थिती राखण्यासाठी जीवन कमी गुंतागुंतीचे करण्याचा प्रयत्न करणारे अनेक लोक / कुटुंबे आपल्याला या पुस्तकात भेटतात. गतिमान संतुलन  मासिकात पूर्वप्रकाशित झालेले हे १३ लेख राजहंस प्रकाशनाने एकत्रित केले आहेत. गतिमान संतुलन (संपादक दिलीप कुलकर्णी) मासिकाचे अंक पुढे Newsletters विभागात पहावेत. Harit Sadhak (meaning Green Practitioners): This book introduces (in Marathi ) a number of individuals / families who have turned away from mainstream lifestyles to improve the quality of their lives,  and have adopted an environment-friendly lifestyle in the process. Published by Rajahans Prakashan, the book is a compilation of 13 articles published earlier in the Marathi magazine Gatimaan Santulan edited by Dilip Kulkarni. The Newsletters section below provides links to issues.
  38. पर्यावरणीय बुद्धिमत्ता ही डॉ. रुपेश पाटकर यांनी लिहिलेली पुस्तिका डॅनियल गोलमन यांनी वर्णन केलेल्या बुद्धिमत्तेच्य प्रकाराचा उल्लेख करून हवामान बदल, पर्यावरणाचा -हास, कोविड पँडेमिक यांमुळे येत असलेले अनुभव व त्यांचे गाम्भीर्य ओळखण्यास दिसून येत असलेली बहुतांश लोकांची अक्षमता, आणि आता करण्यायोग्य कृती व पर्याय आपल्यापुढे मांडते.
    Paryaavaraneeya Buddhimatta (in Marathi, meaning Environmental Intelligence), a booklet by Dr. Rupesh Patkar, begins with the concept popularised by Daniel Goleman and goes on to explain Climate Change, Environmental degradation etc. and the failure of major percentage of humanity to recognize the seriousness of the chanllenges, and ends with experiences during the Covid pandemic and observed actions and practices of wisdom.  (checked on 28 Dec. 2020)
  39. Democratizing Forest Governance in India, compiled by Sharachchandra Lele & Ajit Menon (published by Oxford University Press, India), highlights the recent shift in the discourse of forestry and analyses the complex issues involved in bringing about democratic governance of forests in India. (checked on 9 Dec. 2019)
  40. Children’s book Wildlife in a City Pond, written by Ashish Kothari and illustrated by Sangeetha Kadur (and published by Pratham Books), shows what city ponds really are – magically rich ecosystems worh preserving. Based on a real-life experience, here is a story that introduces the young reader to the delightful fauna and flora in the urban landscape. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  41. Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future by Harini Nagendra discusses how the march of development impacts the conflict between nature and people in India’s cities, with specific reference to Bengaluru, India’s fastest growing city. (checked on 16 Jun. 2016)
  42. Building Sense : Beyond the green facade of sustainable habitat by Anumita Roychowdhury & Avikal Somvanshi, published by Centre for Science and Environment. While individually buildings have substantial impact on the surroundings, cumulatively and together they have far reaching impact on the environment and climate. This book is a product of intense investigation into what works and what does not. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  43. Sustainable Development: Stories from Those Making it Possible, published by FLEDGE and edited by Drs. Thamizoli Perumal and Balakrishna Pisupati, captures success stories from communities on biodiversity and sustainable development from India. The Sixteen Stories, written by local community based organizations elaborate the enterprenuerial spirit of local people in capturing the benefits of locally available biodiversity for economic and social development. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  44. Elemental India: The Natural World at a Time of Crisis and Opportunity by Meera Subramanian – stories about ordinary people and microenterprises determined to revive India’s ravaged natural world which renew hope for a sustainable and prosperous future for India. (checked on 17 Mar. 2016)
  45. 150-Strong: A Pathway to a Different Future  by Rob O’ Grady explains why none of the existing large-scale systems —be they capitalist or communist— would work. For a community to function well, it must resolve conflicts as they arise. It can only operate if we personally know every other person. This limits the maximum size of the community to Dunbar’s Number—around 150 individuals. (checked on 2 Feb. 2017)
  46. Cartoon Booklet on EIA Process (English) by Thermal Watch (also available in Kannada, in Tamil and in Telugu). The book aims to demystify and educate communities and general public on the administrative and environmental regulations and laws on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Process, with specific reference to Thermal Power Plants (TPPs). (checked on 8 Mar. 2017)
  47. One Million Climate Jobs: Moving South Africa forward towards a low-carbon, wage-led, and sustainable path by  Jonathan Neale has been published by The One Million Climate Jobs Campaign which is an alliance of labour, social movements and popular organisations in South Africa that is campaigning for the creation of a million climate jobs as part of a collective approach to the crisis of unemployment and climate change. The Campaign has been mobilising thousands of South Africans around real solutions to slowing down climate change, protecting the natural environment, improving the quality of life for all and moving towards a sustainable development path. (checked on 30 Oct. 2017)
  48. In Any Way You Slice It, author Stan Cox argues that how we ration is a crucial issue in our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises. And he asks: can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share? (checked on 1 Dec. 2017)
  49. Traditional Rice Varieties of Tamil Nadu – A Source Book published by Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems. (checked on 26 Dec. 2019)
  50. Grow a Garden: A Handy Guide for the Aspiring and Experienced Gardener (botanical illustrations by Sushama Durve) published by Vanastree. It provides information on 38 vegetable, tuber and flower species – when and how to plant your organic, open pollinated seeds and tubers, transplanting details, harvesting, etc. (checked on 29 Dec. 2017)

Articles, Essays & Reports

  1. Youth and Rights of Nature Movement: shifting the paradigm for all future generations – A Declaration led by Earth Law Center and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Youth Hub, in collaboration with session attendees of the first IUCN Global Youth Summit (April 5th-16th 2021). “We, the youth attending this session, encourage action and implementation towards development of a future in which humans and Nature exist and thrive in harmony together. We are Nature. Business as usual is no longer an option.” (Checked on 17 July 2021)
  2. Champu-Khangpok : Womenfolk pledge to protect Loktak’s ecology by Mamta Lukram describes why and how women members of the traditional fishing community living in the floating huts of the Loktak lake in Manipur continue their fight to live in and conserve the lake. They challenge the authorities to remove Ithai barrage and other development activities on the lake and see if the ecological condition of the lake improves or not, instead of blaming their community for the ecological degradation. (checked on 4 Nov. 2020)
  3. Regenerating Kurdish Ecologies through Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Economies of Care, by Pimbert, M.P. In: Stephen Hunt (Ed). Ecological Solidarity in the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Thought, Practice, Challenges, and Opportunities. London: Lexington Books, pp. 115-132.(checked on 8 Nov. 2021)
  4. The power of women’s networks for agroecology in India – A photo story by Soumya Sankar Bose and Amrita Gupta. India’s Zero Budget Natural Farming practices (now more often referred to as Community Managed Natural Farming), are being used by nearly a million smallholder farmers. Women, with little access to credit, land, or commercial seeds, have turned out to be its strongest advocates. (checked on 8 Oct. 2020)
  5. He Spoke the Language of the Rivers: Rabindranath Tagore by Parineeta Dandekar. Tagore’s river was inseparable from flow: unshackled, unbridled and a true Muktadhara … the rivers he would have liked us to love… we can work towards restoring the limpid fluidity of the rivers he loved, and hear his song.  (checked on 5 Oct. 2020)
  6. River as a living entity by Shrishtee Bajpai. A growing number of communities, organisations and governments around the world are calling for anthropocentric legal and governance systems to be replaced with ecocentric ones. (checked on 15 Oct. 2021)
  7. Government of Odisha forms State Level Committee on Agroecology and Agrobiodiversity for scaling up Agrobiodiversity Initiatives by Dinesh Balam. After detailed discussion, decisions – relating to training for officials of working with the regulatory framework of biodiversity acts and mapping of agrobiodiversit and recognition of custodian farmers conserving agrobiodivery – were taken under the chairmanship of APC cum ACS. (checked on 10 Sep. 2021)
  8. Conservation of India’s agrobiodiversity: towards increasing food, nutritional and livelihood security by C. Thomson Jacob, Ajay Parida and N. K. Krishna Kumar. The objective of the study is to increase agrobiodiversity of India by conserving the landraces, wild varieties, folk varieties, cultivars, domesticated stocks and breeds. To undertake this study, a policy analysis of various schemes, missions and programmes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India was carried out and recommendations were put forth towards promoting ecologically intensified agricultural farming practices by integrating ecological principles.   (checked on 25 Aug. 2020)
  9. Critical Wildlife Habitat: What is it, how should it be implemented, and how is it being pushed through? A report by Sharachchandra Lele et al. Justice for forest dwellers would mean completing rights recognition and Gram Sabha-level planning, and then restarting a revamped process with adequate training and discussion will ensure that the intent of the CWH provisions, i.e., to ensure a rigorous participatory process of resolving tensions between forest rights and wildlife concerns, is achieved. (checked on 9 Sep. 2020)
  10. ‘The real Chipko’: How Shekhar Pathak wrote the first exhaustive, people’s history of the movement. An essay on Pathak’s new book which focuses on the ordinary, often unlettered, men, women and children who shaped the forest rights struggle. (checked on 27 Dec. 2020)
  11. Report on the Dialogue on Rights of Rivers in South Asia held on 6thand 7th March 2020 at the Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi. A number of options and issues including intervening in the Supreme Court appeals relating to the Ganga and Yamuna, pursuing new cases relating to the rights of rivers  in the context of distinctive rivers at the High Court level in one or more states, strengthening state capacity, leveraging existing jurisprudence of the National Green Tribunal relating to compensation for violations, restoration, and restitution, addressing the unnecessarily hyped-up issue of who would be liable in case natural disasters relating to rivers (floods, etc.) caused damage, etc. were discussed. (checked on 9 Jul. 2020)
  12. Local Communities and Wildlife Conservation: Stories from Northeast India by Ambika Aiyadurai and Sayan Banerjee. The authors conducted ethnographic fieldwork in three wildlife conservation project sites in Northeast India to understand modes of involvement of multiple actors in community-based wildlife conservation and their interactions. (checked on 5 Nov. 2019)
  13. How to create an oasis – Communities across the world are building on their traditional experiences to achieve land degradation neutrality. (checked on 10 Sep. 2019)
  14. Ecological Civilization: From Emergency to Emergence by David Korten. This paper was written in an effort to connect the dots and engage a serious conversation about the causes of the existential crisis we face, while bringing a message of hope and possibility. It may be used in any way it may be useful in work, community, and personal life to draw attention and help move us forward on the path to an Ecological Civilization. (checked on 9 June 2021)
  15. Territories of Life: The past, present, and future of conservation on earth by Ashish Kothari.  Across the world, indigenous peoples and other local communities that have been practicing forestry, fishing, farming, hunting-gathering, animal husbandry, crafts and other such livelihoods, are governing or managing at least a fifth of the world’s land area. (checked on 6 July 2021)
  16. International lawyers draft plan to criminalise ecosystem destruction by Owen Bowcott, on the plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems, which already attracts support from European countries and small island nations. (checked on 1 Dec. 2020)
  17. In India, KRAPAVIS Develops Strategies to Document, Secure and Sustain Orans with Partners. More than 50 people, including representatives from communities, forestry research and other research institutions, universities and colleges, the Forestry Department and other governmental agencies (e.g. agriculture, livestock, etc.), and NGOs met and created a unanimous mission statement. (checked on 19 Mar. 2020)
  18. ‘Giving community rights to indigenous people will benefit nations, nature’Environmental activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim speaks to Down To Earth about how these communities are solution providers for issues surrounding land, climate change and biodiversity. (checked on 12 Sep. 2019)
  19. Science in the Anthropocene: The emerging field of Planetary Health by Nate Seltenrich. It’s no longer possible to separate the health of the planet from the health of its people. Disease patterns are changing as the climate does, and human health is at risk from loss of biodiversity, depleted water supplies, environmental toxins, and collapsing food systems. From this realisation has come a new research field: planetary health. (checked on 10 Aug. 2018)
  20. Citizen Science in Ecology in India – an initial mapping and analysis by Pankaj Sekhsaria and Naveen Thayyil provides detailed information on 17 Citizen Science projects and offers insight and analysis that could be of use to policy makers, researchers,  scientists, media persons and the  citizen scientists themselves. (checked on 5 Nov. 2019)
  21. A Voice for Nature by Kennedy Warne. The Whanganui River in New Zealand is a legal person. A nearby forest is too. Soon, the government will grant a mountain legal personhood as well. Here’s how it happened, and what it may mean. (checked on 1 May 2019)
  22. First ICCA Consortium South Asia Regional Assembly Traces the Way Forward for the South Asia Network – a report on the ICCA Consortium’s South Asia Regional Assembly that was held in Prakriti Sadhana Kendra in Udaipur, Rajasthan in November 2019. Its objective was to bring together Members and Honorary members of the Consortium, its partners, and others working on community-conserved areas in South Asia, to share and learn from each other’s experiences, and to define a way forward for community conservation in South Asia. (checked on 9 Mar. 2020)
  23. 100 Years of Declaring Non-Violence in the Tsumba Territory of Life, in the Nepalese Himalaya by Sudeep Jana Thing. About the Tsumba Indigenous people of the sacred Tsum Valley in the foothills of the northwest Nepalese Himalaya, and their collective commitment to the conservation of nature and culture. (checked on 28 Jan. 2020)
  24. Sucking Up to Business is a Certain Path to Ecological Collapse by Brad Zarnett explores the distinction between positive (‘every bit helps’) and meaningful progress (dramatic reduction or complete elimination of harm being caused to an ecosystem) in the protection of our climate. And describe people’s role in bringing down the system that is destroying our planet.
  25. David Suzuki: Aboriginal people, not environmentalists, are our best bet for protecting the planet. So long as we continue to let the economy and political priorities shape the discussion, we will fail in our efforts to find a sustainable future.  What First Nations are trying to tell us is that their opposition is because there are things more important than money. (checked on 24 Oct. 2019)
  26. Thinking Outside the Grid by Steven Gorelick discusses why, as the planet heats up and critical resources run low, people will need to adapt in a number of ways. For those used to high standards of living, one of the most important will be to replace the sense of entitlement with a sense of limits. (checked on 6 Nov. 2019)
  27. Compost Key to Sequestering Carbon in the Soil: Study Dug Deep to Uncover Which Agricultural Systems Store the Most Carbon by Kat Kerlin. By moving beyond the surface level and literally digging deep, scientists at the University of California, Davis, found that compost is a key to storing carbon in semi-arid cropland soils, a strategy for offsetting CO2 emissions. (checked on 16 Aug. 2019)
  28. Landscapes of Renewal – Jukajoki, Linnunsuo and the Finnish Boreal by Tero Mustonen on how the Finnish community of Selkie has successfully revived lands and waters damaged by the extractive industries, using a blend of traditional knowledge and science. (checked on 29 Nov. 2019)
  29. वडाळा : शाश्वत विकासाची गोष्ट या लेखात अमित वाळंबे यांनी अकोला जिल्ह्यातील वडाळा या गावाने सर्व शासकीय उपचार पूर्ण करून वनविभागाच्या जमिनीवर जो संवर्धन प्रकल्प सुरु केला, त्याची माहिती दिली आहे.  Amit Walambe wrote this in Marathi (published in the Ecological Society Newsletter Mar. 2019) on the conservation project being carried out by Vadala village in the Akola district of Maharashtra. (checked on 16 Apr. 2019)
  30. Students to help revive Ramnadi (a river of Pune) by Himanshu Nitnawre reports on an initiative to inculcate the importance of nature conservation among students of the city, in which NGOs and colleges have come together and chalked out a year-long plan for the revival of the Ramnadi. (checked on 15 Apr. 2019)
  31. Can Territories of Life be Cradles of Radical Transformation? by Ashish Kothari. Many ICCAs are already exhibiting ways of life that are radical alternatives to the mainstream madness of development. Where  these ‘territories of life’ are asserting that life is above all, sacred, and that extractivist activities, materialist lifestyles, and the project of modernity are so deeply flawed that they don’t want anything to do with these, they are showing us the way. (checked on 30 Apr. 2019)
  32. Could flexitarianism save the planet? by Sam Wolfson. Scientists say a drastic cut in meat consumption is needed, but this requires political will. Eating less meat would have implications for heart disease, animal cruelty, high food prices and environmental destruction. (checked on 22 Jan. 2019)
  33. A press release signed by several Pune based organisations which is based on studies of the ban declared by the govt. of Maharashtra (Mar. 2018) on single use disposables, and ideas for how it could be made more effective. (checked on 16 Apr. 2018)
  34. A perspective on radical transformations to sustainability: resistances, movements and alternatives by Leah Temper, Mariana Walter, Iokiñe Rodriguez, Ashish Kothari and Ethemcan Turhan. Based on a perspective of conflict as productive, and a “conflict transformation” approach that can address the root issues of ecological conflicts and promote the emergence of alternatives, the authors lay out a conceptual framework for understanding transformations through a power analysis that aims to confront and subvert hegemonic power relations; that is, multi-dimensional and intersectional; balancing ecological concerns with social, economic, cultural and democratic spheres; and is multi-scalar, and mindful of impacts across place and space. (checked on 16 Mar. 2018)
  35. A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production. Studies have found that pollinator and enemy richness directly supports ecosystem services in addition to and independent of abundance and dominance. Up to 50% of the negative effects of landscape simplification on ecosystem services was due to richness losses of service-providing organisms, with negative consequences for crop yields. Maintaining the biodiversity of ecosystem service providers is therefore vital to sustain the flow of key agroecosystem benefits to society. (checked on 13 Jan. 2020)
  36. Towards Convivial Conservation by Bram Büscher and Robert Fletcher. conservation’. Convivial conservation is a vision, a politics and a set of governance principles that realistically respond to the core pressures of our time. Drawing on a variety of perspectives in social theory and movements from around the globe, it proposes a post-capitalist approach to conservation that promotes radical equity, structural transformation and environmental justice and so contributes to an overarching movement to create a more equal and sustainable world. (checked on 28 Jun. 2019)
  37. In Climate Change: A ray of hope? author Bindu Mohanty examines the causes for and the global impact of “Fridays for Future” movement and presents a succinct analysis of the current status of climate change. She feels that perhaps, the growing and unprecedented global movement for climate justice may well tilt the balance in the favour of the planet, especially if each and every individual, starting now, were to take the step not to exceed the estimated per capita annual carbon budget of 2.1 tons, or offset any excess in carbon-capture initiatives. (checked on 19 Jan. 2020)
  38. Indigenous women’s struggles to oppose state-sponsored deforestation in Chhattisgarh, India an article in Gender & Development issue on Natural Resource Justice. (checked on 19 Jan. 2018)
  39. Indigenous peoples own or manage at least one quarter of world’s land surface – Authors say Indigenous Peoples are key to maintaining biodiversity and ecologically valuable landscapes. (checked on 18 Jul. 2018)
  40. Building a forest in the heart of Karachi – The Japanese method of mimicking nature, and growing forests in the heart of the city, is being picked up in Pakistan, India and elsewhere as a way to combat the rising heat that is strangling the residents of big cities. (checked on 25 Apr. 2018)
  41. How clean is ‘clean energy’? Renewables cannot solve the global crisis by Saral Sarkar offers a critique of technological solutions and claims that the only really renewable and clean sources of energy, apart from our own physical energy, are wood and other biomass products for fire, wind for sailing boats and wind mills, and flowing water in rivers and streams for water mills — the last two only for generating kinetic energy. (checked on 19 Sep. 2017)
  42. In The Crises of Capitalism author Sarkar challenges predominant explanations for catastrophic events like the 2008 global economic crisis, revises the classic paradigm of growth, and points to evidence of systemic economic failure. In this provocative, revolutionary criticism, Sarkar suggests that like other long-abandoned economic theories, capitalism has reached its limits. (checked on 20 Apr. 2018)
  43. In Nature and Madness, author Paul Shepard analyses the question: why does society persist in destroying its habitat? (checked on 5 Nov. 2019)
  44. Why the ancient Myristica swamps need more protection by Neha Jain. The swamps play a key role in maintaining perennial stream flow and possess higher potential to store carbon. During heavy rains, they help in moderating floodwaters. (checked on 6 Jan. 2019)
  45. Nourishing Life – Territories of Life and Food Sovereignty: This Policy Brief focuses on the contributions that the territories and areas governed, managed and conserved by custodian indigenous peoples and local communities — ‘ICCAs – territories of life’ — make to food sovereignty and how, in turn, food sovereignty contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and socio-ecological resilience in forests, wetlands, grasslands, and coastal zones. (checked on 18 Dec. 2019)
  46. Breaking Free From Mining – A 2050 blueprint for a world without mining on land and in the deep-sea is a paper published by Seas At Risk. It presents evidence-based alternatives for a different future in which primary metal extraction has become a thing of the past. (checked on 12 June 2021)
  47. Help needed: 41 servants and counting by Katie Singer (USA). If an electric power outage lasted for several weeks (like Texas had one February) – if thermostats, stoves, hot water heaters, refrigerators, washing machines, phones and computers stopped working – how would neighborhoods survive? What tools would be useful? (checked on 12 June 2021)
  48. To be an environmental World Power by Kanak Mani Dixit discusses why he thinks that when ‘organic environmentalism’ rises from the grassroots and makes state authority accountable, South Asia and its peoples will be protected. (checked on 6 Jul. 2018)
  49. Ecologies of Scale – Interview of Herman Daly by Benjamin Kunkel. (checked on 3 Jul. 2018)
  50. How noble was the Nobel this time? by Gurudas Nulkar refers to the Nobel prize awareded to William Nordhaus for work on Climate Change, and asks the globally relevant question, whether economics deserves a Nobel at all. (checked on 27 Nov. 2018)
  51. Caretaking: A Conversion bewteen Wendell Berry and Helena Norberg-Hodge. The authors discuss human nature, technology, happiness, wildness, and local food systems –topics which they have always commented on, but which have taken on a new urgency. They offer a critique of our economic system and show how the caretaking of the natural world and local communities are one and the same. (checked on 30 Apr. 2019)
  52. Localisation: A strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Promoting localisation means encouraging people in both North and South to diversify their economic activity and become more self-reliant. (checked on 22 Oct. 2019)
  53. Local is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness by Helena Norberg-Hodge. The author lucidly deconstructs the old narrative of ‘progress’ through technological advance and corporate growth, while presenting a concise and compelling case for economic localization. Her arguments are supported by real-world examples proving that healthy and vibrant futures, built upon connection to nature and community, are already in the making. (checked on 22 Jan. 2020)
  54. Facing Up to Climate Reality edited by John Foster. The authors set out an array of bold and hopeful ideas, consider how facing up to climate disasters can kindle new green shoots of community, and explore the psychology of climate communication. The book both pursues climate honesty rigorously and offers hope for the future. (checked on 22 Oct. 2019)
  55. Six Ideas for System Change by John Foran. The musing of a U.S.-based educator-activist, tending to focus around what university teachers could and should be doing in aid of our students in combating the climate crisis. (checked on 4 Feb. 2020)
  56. Pastoralists re-establish traditional ecosystems and customary grazing rights. A case study of how more than 600 Gujjar agro-pastoralist families – due for relocation from the vicinity of the Sariska Tiger Reserve Protected Area in the Alwar district of Rajasthan – took the lead in engaging with state actors to claim their grazing and traditional water harvesting rights and preserve the Oran – a traditional ecosystem unique to the forest communities of Rajasthan. (checked on 24 Oct. 2017)
  57. Future Earth: science for the people by S K Satheesh and K Krishnamoorthy, aims to develop the knowledge required to face challenges posed by global environmental change and identify and implement potential solutions. (checked on 20 Nov. 2017)
  58. Book chapter “Chapter 9. From Stewards to Trespassers: Pastoralist Management of Forest Resources”, published in a book “Pastoralist Livelihoods in Asian Drylands” WHITE HORSE PRESS, OXFORD (UK). (checked on 24 Oct. 2017)
  59. A Narration of Biocultural Practices of Communities of Sariska Tiger Reserve. This report attempts to bring forth the perceptions and bio-cultural practices of forest dwelling and forest dependent communities of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar district of Rajasthan. (checked on 2017)
  60. Report of the Symposium on SDGs, Knowledge and Democracy: Re-imagining Purposes and Opportunities (January 2017) – organised by the new Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, SNU, and the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU, enabled discussion on the SDGs and arrived at a research and educaiton agenda that the participants would engage with. (checked on 3 Aug. 2017)
  61. Ecological distribution conflicts as forces for sustainability: an overview and conceptual framework by Arnim Scheidel,  Leah Temper, Federico Demaria, Joan Martínez‑Alier. This paper  addresses in a systematic conceptual manner the question of why, through whom, how, and when conflicts over the use of the environment may take an active role in shaping transitions toward sustainability. (checked on 25 Apr. 2018)
  62. Ecological Regeneration and Livelihood Security through Forest Rights: Nayakheda Village, Maharashtra: by Shrenik Mutha with Neema Pathak. The excesses of modernity and all things associated with modernity have led to serious socialand ecological degradation facing humans, further complicated by a host of inequalities on the basis of different social strata, violence on ecology, and top down and centralized economic, political and social ways of functioning. After the experience of such models of development,there now seems to be an emergence of alternative development models, which emphasizeson more ecological and nature-friendly, egalitarian models of living. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  63. Towards a Riverine Philosophy: The Ganges in Ecological Crises by Shrishtee Bajpai, published in the Student’ Journal Of Education and Development, Azim Premji University, aims to explore the reasons of contradiction in the sacred and secular discourses in understanding the Ganges pollution. (checked on 23 Feb. 2017)
  64. In the essay A Spoken Silence: Rabindranath and the Ecology of Modern Consciousness, the author, Aseem Shrivastava argues that Tagore’s perspectives and insights are unique and his intellectual contribution in this area is indispensable to an understanding of the ecological and spiritual implications of technological, industrial modernity. The focus in this paper is on what we can learn about Tagore’s outlook on the natural world and our relationship to it from a set of letters he wrote to his niece during his years as a young man, looking after his family estate in East Bengal (now, Bangladesh). (checked on 4 Feb. 2019)
  65. India can lead the world in solving ‘problems without borders’ by Navi Radjou. India has a once-in-a-millennium opportunity to assume global leadership in co-creating innovative solutions to tackle socio-economic challenges that will severely afflict the whole of humanity in the coming decades. (checked on 12 Aug. 2016)
  66. Press Release: Colombia Supreme Court Rules that Amazon Region is “Subject of Rights” (checked on 6 Apr. 2018)
  67. In Why Ecosocialism: For a Red-Green Future by Michael Löwy the author discusses why socialism must place democratic management and reorganization of the productive system at the heart of the transformation, along with a firm commitment to ecological stewardship. (checked on 19 Dec. 2018)
  68. News from Canada: SSN says No to KGHM Ajax (Mining project) and Yes to Healthy People and Environment. Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation (SSN) does not give its free, prior and informed consent to the development of the lands and resources at Pípsell (Jacko Lake and Area) for the purposes of the Ajax Mine Project. The SSN Joint Council decision (checked on 6 Apr. 2017)
  69. Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada – A report (from Phase One) on the findings from the Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada  research project, at Indigenous Climate Action, Canada. (checked on 4 Apr. 2021)
  70. The India Biodiversity Awards, launched by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change in partnership with the United Nations Development Progamme, recognise excellence in biodiversity governance across the country. This press release covers the Awards for 2016.  (checked on 11 Jun. 2016)
  71. In the world’s biggest city, the past offers lessons for surviving the future17th century Japan faced ecological collapse from deforestation, erosion and watershed damage. The new conservation practices introduced in response to this crisis brought about a sustainable interaction between nature and humans. (checked on 20 Jun. 2016)
  72. In THRUTOPIA: Why Neither Dystopias Nor Utopias Are Enough To Get Us Through The Climate Crisis, And How A ‘Thrutopia’ Could Be author Rupert Read argues that with the urgency of the long climate crisis we are now entering having been brought home to us, what we are most missing now is a narrative that speaks to that crisis and how to address it. Any true utopia demands being continually remade. In this way, we come to understand that any utopia has to be a thrutopia, on a long-term basis. (checked on 21 Nov. 2017)
  73. Want to fight climate change? Have fewer children by Damien Carrington. He says that the next best actions are selling your car, avoiding flights and going vegetarian, according to study into true impacts of different green lifestyle choices. (checked on 13 Oct. 2017)
  74. Clean energy won’t save us – only a new economic system can do that by Jason Hickel. The author analyses the uses we put energy to, and argues that it’s time to pour our creative power into imagining a new global economy – one that maximises human wellbeing while actively shrinking our ecological footprint. (checked on 18 Jul. 2016)
  75. My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back by George Monbiot, in a message to UK children who left their classes to protest gainst climate change. (checked on 21 Feb. 2019)
  76. Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People by Jim Robbins discribes how scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world and how it is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires. (checked on 30 Apr. 2018)
  77. Water for the Recovery of the Climate – A New Water Paradigm by M. Kravčík, J. Pokorný, J. Kohutiar, M. Kováč, E. Tóth. The altered paradigm recommends concentrating attention on the impact of changes in the water cycle on climate changes. If the alternative view presented in this publication is correct, it opens the possibility of a constructive solution to many of the problems associated with climatic changes. (checked on 21 Dec. 2015)
  78. Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada – A report on the findings from the Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada research project, at Indigenous Climate Action, Canada. (checked on 4 Apr. 2021)
  79. Political Ecology for Civil Society, is a manual designed for a broad audience and in particular for the use of civil society organisations and active citizens. It offers an accessible insight into political ecology providing intellectual and practical tools based on experience as “activist-scholars” or “engaged-scholars” of the new generation of political ecologists. (checked on 12 Mar. 2016)
  80. “You only get so many Mays in your life”: why our imagination needs the dawn chorus by Rob Hopkins – it is easier to imagine a better future when you care about it. (checked on 31 May 2017)
  81. A Cultural Paradigm for Sustainable Development of Cities is a paper on Sustainable Development Model for Cities by Akshya Singhvi and Swati Sharma. The paper is aimed at aligning all our cities with a sustainably conscious development model. (checked on 16 Mar. 2016)
  82. A nomads’ legend keeps the Indian wolf alive: An unconventional conservation story – The piece on a documentary ‘Walking With Wolves’ follows a wolf family and nomadic shepherds in a three-year journey that throws up many surprises. (checked on 18 Oct. 2015)
  83. Interlinking of Rivers: Assumptions & Claims put together by Rivers for Life – an independent research action group comprising of engineers, concerned citizens and other professionals which words on water issues in India with members based in the U. S. and India. They also put together the following: Interlinking of Rivers – Impacts: The economic, environmental and social impacts of ILR are interrelated, enormous, and in some cases irreversible; Rain water Harvesting – Success Stories; a downloadable booklet on interlinking of rivers; and a set of slides on the same. (checked on 1 Nov. 2017)
  84. Community stewardship for conservation in Western Arunachal Landscape: Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) formed with WWF help in Arunachal Pradesh have helped local communities to better manage forests. (checked on 4 Apr. 2016)
  85. Keeping it simple, by choice, a piece by Ananya Dutta, describes the simple lifestyle chosen by Dr Hema Sane in consideration of ecological impacts of consumerism. She refuses to be a slave to machines, draws water from a well and uses only solar powered lamps – she maintains a home without a connection to the power grid. (checked 1 Dec. 2015)
  86. Can art inspire climate change action? An ice installation aims to do just that reflects on art in general and the Ice Watch installation in particular (this has 12 enormous blocks of ice displayed in clock formation, left to melt in Copenhagen’s City Hall Square as a striking visual representation of the reality of climate change) which is intended to make the climate challenges we are facing tangible. Perception and physical experience are cornerstones of art, and they may also function as tools for creating social change. (checked on 16 Mar. 2016)
  87. It’s Time for a New Age of Enlightenment: why Climate Change needs 60,000 Artists to Tell its Story. Communicating the climate message to inform, but also engage and influence behaviour has proven intensely difficult. Over a decade of research on this issue has highlighted the need for communication to engage with people’s “deep frames” – beliefs formed over a lifetime, which are mostly subconscious. So the world must turn to its artists: storytellers, film-makers; musicians; painters and multi-media wizards, says author Elizabeth Boulton. (checked on 11 Jun. 2016)
  88. Why Limits to Growth’s forecasts are still relevant today by James Dyke – the 1970s study which predicted civilisation would collapse some time this century was wrong on resources, but right on pollution. (checked on 22 Apr. 2016)
  89. Rupert Read: Some thoughts on ‘civilisational succession’ gives an honest and forthright wake-up call to face the ecological crisis on Earth. It points to the urgent need to start to create a civilisation that will be determined to sustain and renew itself and to learn from our civilisation’s failure. (checked on 14 Feb. 2018)
  90. Carbon Metrics – Global abstractions and ecological epistemicide by Camila Moreno, Daniel Speich Chassé and Lili Fuhr with an introductory preface by Wolfgang Sachs, edited by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, argues that the way we describe and frame a problem very much predetermines the kinds of solutions and answers we seek, e.g. carbon-centric mode creates and even destroys knowledge at the same time. Readers are invited to take a step back and brush climate policy against the nap. (checked on 1 Dec. 2015)
  91. Create Green Lungs on your terrace! Green Souls, an NGO working for sustainable farming, has created a green patch on the terrace of Dadar’s Our Lady’s Home. (checked on 9 Jan. 2016)
  92. Citizen networks in the Garden City: Through interviews and social network analysis the author Johan Enqvist, together with colleagues Maria Tengö and Örjan Bodin examines the structure and impact of a citizen network operating in Bengaluru and how this matters for the function it has for environmental management in the city. (checked on 14 Aug. 2015)
  93. Rejuvenating the Garden City: How civic initiatives help restore degraded lakes in Bangalore – A number of citizen-driven initiatives have emerged with the objective to restore the degraded lakes of Bangalore, based on their social and ecological significance for the city. The Kaikondarahalli lake is one example. (Also read Rebirth of a Lake, a Vikalp Sangam story on the Kaikondrahalli lake). (checked on 14 Aug. 2015)
  94. Radical Well-Being Alternatives to Development Notes from a discussion at World Social Forum, Tunis, 27 March 2015, Organised by Kalpavriksh, Global Diversity Foundation, Centre for Environment and Development, Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties, and SADED, this workshop brought together a few alternative approaches, to learn from each other, and build common ground. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  95. Swamp Power: How the World’s Wetlands can help stop Climate Change (checked 22 Jul. 2015)
  96. We Finally Know Why Birds Are So Freakishly Smart by George Dvorsky. He explains how by packing neurons in bird brains more densely, nature seems to have endowed birds with higher cognitive power per pound than mammals. A growing number of scientists, bioethicists, and legal scholars have been making the case that highly sapient and cognitively complex animals should be awarded personhood status, which would afford them special protections. (checked on 5 Feb. 2018)
  97. Systemic Change Driven by Moral Awakening Is Our Only Hope by Richard Heinberg helps one understand overshoot (enormous amounts of cheap energy from fossil fuels enabled the rapid growth of resource extraction, manufacturing and consumption; and these in turn led to population increase, pollution and loss of natural habitat and hence biodiversity) and prescribes powerdown as a treatment for the global crises. (checked on 2 Feb. 2018)
  98. Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals by Martin Lukacs – Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power. (checked on 19 July 2017)
  99. Carbon Metrics: Global abstractions and ecological epistemicide – The booklet argues that the way we describe and frame a problem very much predetermines the kinds of solutions and answers we seek, e.g. carbon-centric mode creates and even destroys knowledge at the same time. With an introductory preface by Wolfgang Sachs. (checked on 25 Nov. 2015)
  100. Time to take steps to save bees: Beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies. While the bee has colossal influence in our lives, honeybees are in need of saving. (checked on 30 Jul. 2015)
  101. Joining the Dots – Experience with a Community Conserved Area in Nagaland, by Nimesh Ved and Swati Chaliha (checked on 21 Sep. 2015)
  102. Climate Change Initiatives in Sikkim: Ongoing initiatives launched by various departments in Sikkim in the form of scientific studies, adaptation programs, multi-sectoral institutional mechanisms and village consultations to better understand and tackle the threats of Climate Change have been compiled by Sandeep Tambe and W. L. Arrawatia in this document. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  103. In the paper Payments for ecosystem services and the gift paradigm: Sharing the burden and joy of environmental care, Neera M. Singh discusses alternatives to market-based approaches to conservation. Using the case of forest conservation by rural communities in Odisha she discusses how the paradigm of the gift helps us to rethink transactions in ecosystem services to foster more equitable and empowering ways of sharing of the burden and joy of environmental care. (This paper and the author’s other publications are available at: https://utoronto.academia.edu/NSingh.) (checked on 10 Jul. 2015)
  104. In A-Meri-India: A Note from the Land of Frustrated Aspirants the author analyses the state of the economy and society of India and states that the cultural confidence of our civilisation needs to be revived soon enough to not only protect India from the worst socio-ecological damages of breakneck globalisation, but also play the role of the world’s ecological pioneer, instead of the “superpower” it has somehow come to believe it is destined to become one day. (checked on 21 Jul. 2016)
  105. Homestays’ contribution to community-based ecotourism in the Himalayan region of India by Priya Bhalla, Alexandra Coghlan and Prodyut Bhattacharya investigates how villagers’ participation in the homestay programme can influence attitudes and behaviours related to ecotourism objectives within a wildlife sanctuary. (checked on 27 May 2016)
  106. Stabilisation of Climate Change in the Himalayas: In this paper, author C P Muthanna (Environment and Health Foundation [India]) discusses how the snow-covered, mountainous region would be affected by changes in atmospheric conditions and recommends that, among things, cutting down on regional emissions, combined with efforts to improve the forest cover could herald a new dimension to dealing with Climate Change. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  107. Pope’s Encyclical – Encyclical Letter – LAUDATO SI’ – of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home, the Earth. (checked on 8 Jul. 2015) World Food Day 2016 letter by Pope Francis (checked on 23 Oct. 2016)
  108. A note on the Community Forest Rights Process with the (adivasi) KADAR community in Vazhachal Forest Division, Thrissur District, Kerala, which was started by WWF as early as 2007. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  109. A Journey of Empowering a Community for Self Reliance: Endogenous Tourism Project in Sualkuchi, Assam is the title of a paper, by Simanta Kalita, on the use of tourism (with assistance from UNDP) as an engine of rural development. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  110. ICCAs and Aichi Targets – a Briefing Note. The oldest conservationists in the world, indigenous people and local communities, need far greater recognition if the world is to achieve its goals of conservation, sustainability, poverty eradication, livelihood security, and food sovereignty. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  111. Research paper Urban Dwellers Happier in Cities with Trees and Green Space by Matthew White, Ian Alcock, Benedict Wheeler, and Michael Depledge of the University of Exeter, shows their findings that people who live in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater well-being than city dwellers who don’t have parks, trees, or other green space nearby. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  112. Norway has created the world’s first ‘highway’ to protect endangered bees – Bees fly around a beehive near the Jardin d’Abel in Oslo, Norway, as the city mobilizes to create the first “bee highway” in the world to protect the essential but threatened pollinators. (checked on 6 Jul. 2015)
  113. Water: The Missing Link for Solving Climate Change A Global Action Plan –  An article by Martin Winiecki and Leila Dregger (checked on 23 Dec. 2015)
  114. A sociological reflection on the complexities of climate change research, an editorial for the International Journal of Water by Ariel Salleh, which introduces a number of papers which discuss why a sound hydrological cycle is the first premise of a coherent climate policy. (checked on 24 Dec. 2015)
  115. Ecofeminism and a ‘Just Transition’ – Ariel Salleh interviewed, asked to share ecofeminist ideas on redefining the relationship between humans and the environment and what a different system of power and economic relationships might look like. (checked on 8 Oct. 2021)
  116. Conservation and the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities: looking forwards – editorial by Stephanie Brittain et al in the Oryx newsletter of Sep. 2021, a retrospective virtual issue. It is relevant to turn to procedural rights, which include the right to inclusion and participation in decision-making. To fulfil these rights for Indigenous peoples and local communities, they must have the opportunity, where desired, to present their own case studies and opinion pieces in the various fora that contribute to evolving discourses in conservation and to decision-making on policy and practice, including academic journals. (checked on 8 Sep 2021)
  117. Small Scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down The Earth (Via Campesina Views) describes how intercontinental food transport, intensive monoculture production, land and forest destruction and the use of chemical inputs in agriculture are transforming agriculture into an energy consumer and are contributing to climate change, and how sustainable small scale farming and local food consumption will reverse the actual devastation and support millions of farming families. (checked on 24 Dec. 2015)
  118. Development is for the people: A talk by Madhav Gadgil in which he advocates reassertion of people’s rights over natural resources; promotion of cooperative economic enterprises that could become a significant avenue to create satisfying livelihoods; and utilisation of modern Information and Communication Technology that has led to remarkably successful cooperative enterprises that  build up a true picture of what is happening on the ground and to build bridges among the “ecosystem people” of the country.  (checked on 2 May 2016)
  119. Fritjof Capra talks about his journey towards balancing science and spirituality – Darryl D’Monte. ‘‘I can give a scientific basis to bolster certain values like ecological sustainability and human dignity.’’ (checked on 22 Nov. 2017)
  120. People’s Sustainability Treaty on Radical Ecological Democracy (checked on 31 Jan. 2018)
  121. Lessons On Starting a Worldwide Movement for Change  – posted by Naresh Giangrande Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition Training.  (checked on 23 Feb. 2018)
  122. Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean – Ninth meeting of the negotiating committee of the regional agreement on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean.  (checked on 13 Mar. 2018)
  123. The Climate Crisis: South African and Global Democratic Eco-Socialist Alternatives edited by Vishwas Satgar is the latest in the “Democratic Marxism” series published by Wits University Press. It investigates ecosocialist alternatives that are emerging and presents the thinking of leading climate justice activists, campaigners and social movements advancing systemic alternatives and developing bottom-up, just transitions to sustain life. Through a combination of theoretical and empirical work, the authors collectively examine the challenges and opportunities inherent in the current moment. (checked on 17 Oct. 2018)
  124. Dehcho First Nations and Government of Canada announce first of new Indigenous protected areas in Canada: Edéhzhíe Protected Area. The Edéhzhíe Protected Area and National Wildlife Area is funded through Budget 2018’s historic investment in nature. By investing in Indigenous protected areas, the Government of Canada continues to work closely with Indigenous Peoples to protect land, species, and biodiversity for future generations. (checked on 19 Oct. 2018)
  125. Nature’s Laws No Longer Apply … because we Homo sapiens have become “exemptional”! by Chris Clugston contains an excerpt from the author’s forthcoming book, “Blip – humanity’s self-terminating experiment with industrialism” which invalidates this presumption by dispelling four prevalent myths pertaining to our industrialized existence and our relationship with Nature. (checked on 16 Dec. 2019)


  1. The family farming and Agroecology Community of Practice (CoP) is a platform established by FAO at both regional and global level for farmers’ organization, cooperatives, civil society organizations, research centers, NGOs, policymakers, decision-makers, and the private sector, working in family farming and agroecology, to share and co-create information, knowledge, and advice in order to achieve sustainable agriculture and food systems. (checked on 17 Sep. 2020)
  2. The International Journal of the Commons (IJC) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open-access journal dedicated to furthering the understanding of institutions for use and management of resources that are (or could be) enjoyed collectively. (checked on 25 Apr. 2018)
  3. Geography and You (G’nY), the development and environment magazine, addresses various issues related to India’s infrastructural, environmental, social and economic concerns. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  4. Youth for Nature magazine
  5. Protected Area Update, a bi-monthly that centers around Wildlife and Protected Areas. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  6. ‘गतिमान संतुलन’ हे मराठी मासिक दिलीप कुलकर्णी यांनी गेली बारा वर्षे चालवले आहे. पर्यावरण-सुसंगत जीवनशैली विषयी विचार यांत मांडले जातात. काही अंक इथे पहा: डिसेम्बर २०१३, जानेवारी २०१४, फेब्रुवारी २०१४, मार्च २०१४, एप्रिल २०१४, मे २०१४, जून २०१४, जुलै २०१४, ऑगस्ट २०१४, सप्टेंबर २०१४, ऑक्टो.-नोवें. २०१४, डिसेम्बर २०१४, जानेवारी २०१५, फेब्रुवारी २०१५, मार्च २०१५, एप्रिल २०१५, मे २०१५, जून २०१५जुलै २०१५, ऑगस्ट २०१५नोवें. २०१५डिसेम्बर २०१५. अन्य अंक पुढे पहावेत. जानेवारी २०१६, फेब्रुवारी २०१६मार्च २०१६जुलै २०१६. डिसेम्बर २०१६मार्च २०१७, मे २०१७, सप्टेंबर २०१७, ऑक्टो.-नोवें. २०१७डिसेम्बर २०१७ जानेवारी २०१८ फेब्रुवारी २०१८ मार्च २०१८, एप्रिल २०१८, जून २०१८ edited by Dilip Kulkarni, is about relating actively to the environment. Listed above are a number of its issues (checked on 21 Mar. 2018) Marathi magazine ”Gatimaan Santulan.
  7. On-line Environment News Bulletin by Centre for Science and Environment. (checked on 25 Jun. 2015)
  8. Pure & Eco India is India’s premium eco-friendly magazine, promoting eco-friendly living, adoption of organic products and practices, and awareness of environmental issues. (checked on 1 Jan. 2016)
  9. Leaf Litter – Special Edition of a newsletter put together by the NTFP-Exchange Programme in India.
  10. ‘भवताल (दिवाळी अंक)‘- देवराई विशेषांक. Sacred grove special issue of Marathi magazine Bhavataal. देवरायांच्या संवर्धनाचा संबंध निसर्गातील शाश्वतता टिकण्याशी निश्चितपणे जोडता येईल. म्हणून देवराया टिकणे म्हणजे शाश्वतता टिकवण्याच्या दिशेने प्रवास. (phone 9545350862 – checked on 30 Oct. 2017)
  11. People in Conservation newsletter published in English & Hindi by Kalpavriksh. It centers on the issue of Community Based Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihood Security. Volume 9 Issue 2-3 June 2018 – May 2019 (checked on 5 Jul. 2019)
  12. A special section on “Affective Ecologies” published in Conservation & Society. It includes a set of papers that draw attention to affective relations between humans and nonhumans, the importance of paying attention to other-than-capitalist rationalities and ways of being in the world. The special section includes cases both from the Global North and the Global South. All the papers are open-access and freely downloadable. (checked on 20 Apr. 2018)
  13. Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation. Read here about nuanced relationships between wild animals and forest-dwelling communities of parts of Africa and (Karnataka) India. (checked on 13 Nov. 2021)

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