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A journey from food bowl to ash dykes: Lessons from Punjab

A journey from food bowl to ash dykes: Lessons from Punjab

 Punjab, the food bowl of India has been learning ground for    agriculturists, scientists, and farmers.  Even before the Green Revolution, the farmer community in Punjab was known for its agricultural practices. Till date small farmers in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, praise the skills of farmers from Punjab [...]

कोयले की व्यथा

कोयले की व्यथा

मैं कोयला हूँ। मैं  प्रकर्ति का वो अनोखा रूप हूँ जिसे उसने सेकड़ो साल अपने गर्भ में संजो के रखा। में वो पुत्र हूँ जो अब अपनी माँ के  विनाश का सबसे बडा कारण बन गया है। उद्योगिक क्रांति ने ना सिर्फ समस्त विशव का नक्शा बदला अपितु  मेरे प्रति लोगो का नज़रिया भी बदला। [...]

CCI, a detrimental proposal for inclusive growth

CCI, a detrimental proposal for inclusive growth

New year came with rather distressing news for India’s forests and our environment with the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI). To be headed by the Prime Minister himself, the CCI is expected to grant fast track clearances to large scale infrastructure projects above 1000 crores (180 million [...]

A story of a solar solution!

A story of a solar solution!

We usually equate Goa with sunny beaches, coconut trees and a laid back life. But in the interior regions of Goa and Karnataka lie the most beautiful forests teeming with wildlife. One such area is the Castle Rock- Kuveshi region that is part of the Western Ghats landscape .The area [...]

IEAs dirty future

IEAs dirty future

The international energy agency has put out a new report on coal that declares that coal will hold sway over our energy mix and dominate it by 2017. The new annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report (MCMR) that IEA released has disturbing projections for the growth of coal usage around the globe. [...]

A photo montage: A national day of action on coal

Across 23 states in India, thousands of people got out of their homes and onto the streets for India’s Day of Action on Coal. From rallies by women in Bundi, Rajasthan to Gram Sabha’s in villages in coastal Maharashtra pledging not to sell their land to proposed thermal power point [...]

Dragged into the rat hole

Dragged into the rat hole

This blog was contributed by Risa Monica Kharmutee, Media Centre, Impulse NGO Network, Shillong.  Impulse NGO Network fights for child rights, especially combating child trafficking under the Meghalaya Model, on the issue of combating child trafficking from the borders of Nepal and Bangladesh to the coal mines of Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya. Coal [...]

An inspirational story worth sharing

An inspirational story worth sharing

Building a movement around climate change requires fighting the strong forces of fossil fuel power. People’s movements world over are taking to creative forms of protest in challenging the status quo. India has a history of peoples movements that have taken on big infrastructure projects impacting their way of life, [...]

Who’s the winner?

Who’s the winner?

With the advancement of technology in our thermal power plants, the number of jobs that are on offer are growing smaller and smaller. It requires less than 50 people to operate a thermal power plant but coal companies keep drumming the opposite beat of providing thousands of jobs in order [...]

A death knell for coal

A death knell for coal

During the recently concluded Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, a group of young organizers from 350.org and the Indian youth climate network took out a rally against coal. The rally symbolically pronounced the death of coal by carrying out a funeral procession on the main streets of Hyderabad. [...]