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 […]

Privacy is a very constitutional issue and just making it a transactional data protection kind of issue is not the best way to go- Abhayraj Naik, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. (Part-II)

With this technological advancement in modern era e.g. cloud computing, AI, Cybersecurity etc. Do you think our government is well prepared to stand out from the crowd? In my imagination, technology and environment are quite connected as well. There is common issue of meta level for e.g., the issue of risk, the issue of democratic […]

Industrialization, business and related aspects of rapid urbanization are the major causes of environmental degradation- Abhayraj Naik, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. (Part-I)

Sir, you have been working as an environmentalist for more than a decade. What made your interest grow in this subject? And also tell us something about your organization “Initiative for Climate Action (ICA)”. My organization “ICA” is a new non-profit organization, started about 5-6 months back and is based in Bangalore. It focuses on […]

‘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 spiritual connection is lost.”: Professor Nityanand Jayaraman on rivers

What do you think is problem with our rivers today? Reductions in river flow because of upstream compoundment and extraction. Also the discharge of domestic sewage, industrial waste and agricultural run-off are some of the main concerns when it comes to river pollution. When we have less water flowing and more sewage coming in, there […]