Attention needs to be paid on protecting coastal zones and forests, rather than sacrificing them for mining- Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability, Azim Premji University. (Part-II)

We all know that small steps can make a big difference. What are some of the lesser- known initiatives that people can take to maintain the ecological balance and deal with climate change on an individual level? The biggest step is to form communities. Whether working for lake restoration, waste clean-ups, composting, environmental campaigns or […]

People and Governments do not think of sustainability or ecology as being an urban problem- Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability, Azim Premji University. (Part-I)

Can you please elaborate upon ‘intersection of natural and social sciences’? Understanding urban sustainability requires the intersection of natural and social sciences. For instance, to clean up and restore polluted lakes or rivers – we need to understand ecology and hydrology. But we also need to understand how people relate to water bodies, whether these […]

‘Poor’ quality produce may not always be ‘bad’.- Richa Kumar, Associate Professor, IIT-Delhi. (Part-2)

Link to the first part of the article: https://theblueletters.com/index.php/2020/11/02/if-the-mandi-is-gone-there-is-no-buyer-of-last-resort-left-anymore-richa-kumar-associate-professor-iit-delhi/ Why is a buyer of last resort important and how does their existence impact the agronomy or agroecology ? Corporate buyers are typically more concerned with the quality of produce they buy and in private marketplaces there are strict rules regarding quality—anything below a certain grade […]

I will not allow child marriage: Mr. Shyam Sunder Paliwal, Former Sarpanch

Sir, first of all, tell us something about your village Piplantri. Especially, in Rajasthan, people usually do not want a girl child. How was the situation there before, and what changes came after your work?   Yes! Hello, I am Shyam Sundar Paliwal. I’m a former Sarpanch of the Piplantri village in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan […]

“There is no Planet B”:Ms Moulika Arabhi, Advisor at WWF-India

What is, in your opinion, is the current situation with India’s environment? And how do our environment protection laws fare when compared to global standards, especially with regards to other developing nations?               In spite of the fact that India has had a very robust environment protection law since the 1960’s, in the last few […]

The old way of balancing the new- the need of youth activism in India

Balance is rule of nature and it also applies to the political structure of any nation. For the smooth functioning of any government, both stability and innovation are pre requisite. The young river rushes down, curious and energetic while the old river moves slowly and steadily, confident and content. Similarly the youth are more fearless […]