Just as environmental and ecological effects have multiple dimensions of impact, so should its conservation and restoration efforts. Environmental degradation does not just affect people causing it; it affects everyone from the people living there to the people who come in contact with the polluted agents.
That is why, the stakeholders of a conservation project are so important. Earlier developmental projects were heavily criticized by critics who thought they met the narrow needs of the project developers alone. The reason, they concluded, was the lack of participation from other stakeholders of the project. Any project has its effects on multiple scales; not just ecologically but socially as well. Therefore, each restoration and conservation effort should address these social scales in order to bring out the maximum benefit. Let’s take a look at who these stakeholders are and what they ought to be doing in a conservation and restoration project… Continue reading Who works for conservation and restoration?-A look at the stakeholders
As little as 15 minutes ago, I was at a local park doing pull ups (16 in one go. Personal best!). While I was at it, a group of 5 kids, the eldest not more than 9 years old, came rushing into the park. They were very excited. One of them was carrying a figure; a crude figure of what had to be their depiction of Ravana.
To those of you who don’t know, let me provide some context. Every year, around this time in Oct, the festival of Dussera is celebrated in India. It is a festival drawn from the Hindu mythology of Ramayana. Ram is supposed to have defeated the demon king Ravana on this day. Since then till now, this day is celebrated as Dussera to signify the victory of good over evil.
Signifying this victory, a statue/doll of Ravana (of varying sizes) are burnt all over India. It is a representation of burning away all the evil in our lives and starting life afresh. Those kids, were clearly going to do the same. There was just one problem that I saw.
The doll they had made was of cardboard and thermocol.
Continue reading “What evil are we burning away by adding pollutants into our atmosphere?”
Our world today is a mixture of generations that are world apart. You have the elderly, who have lived their entire lives without the technology and amenities that define the 21st century. You have the parents, who have grown up in an environment much like their parents, only to be shocked into a whole new world. You then have the kids of the 80s and 90s, who have seen both worlds, but have had time to learn and adapt to the changing world. And then you have the children from the post millennial times, who take everything we have today around us for granted.
4 generations. 4 different worlds. Now, all of them have been thrown into a world that none of them fully understand. How are they living? What part are they playing, specifically with respect to the environment? Continue reading Environment and Demographic- How different age groups are affecting the world around us