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Children’s Day: How to instil the habit of giving in kids

THERE are lots of innovative ways to encourage children to give from a very young age. This Children’s Day, parents can consider ways in which they can teach their young ones to give by supporting charities, taking care of the environment, volunteering for community-based causes, and in many other ways. Educating kids to set aside their time or money...

Climate Change: “Time is running out” for the planet

SUPPOSE last year's weather events were a sign of the future ahead. In that case, our planet is in for a tough time on the climate front, warns a new report by World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report by the United Nations body says that climate change will get worse, and the world will feel its ill effects sooner than previously...

10 Indian NGOs working for environmental protection

MORE than any other living being on this planet, environmental protection is our responsibility - no other life form has degraded nature as much as we humans have done. On World Environment Day, it is imperative that we look at the depletion of natural resources, which have reached monumental proportions. Deforestation, pollution and climate change have led to the...

10 NGOs working for water conservation in India

Water on our planet is limited and unevenly distributed. When we talk of water conservation, the issue is not just about "saving" water but having enough water to meet our present and future needs. For centuries, humans have exploited water resources and many fear that future wars could be fought over water. A study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre...

10 things we should know about International Mother Earth Day

As we mark International Mother Earth Day on April 22, climate scientists agree that the Earth is at a tipping point. Centuries of uninhibited exploitation of natural resources have put planet Earth’s future at risk. The International Mother Earth Day recognises our planet and its ecosystems as “humanity’s common home” and the need to protect it from climate change...

‘Film is a great medium to spread awareness about environment’

WHAT happens when an actor's love for cinema and the environment go hand in hand? Telugu character artist and short-film maker Gangadhar Panday knows the answer. Panday decided to use the power of the medium media to increase awareness about environmental issues confronting the earth through Babul Films Society. In order to dedicate himself full-time to the cause, Panday...

Why climate crisis is also a health crisis

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) couldn't have come out with more sobering news just before World Health Day. According to WHO, 99% of the global population is breathing air that exceeds quality limits and threatens people's health. The world body says that people living in urban areas are most vulnerable as they are breathing unhealthy levels of fine particulate...

‘Climate change is the biggest challenge for the Sundarbans’

Ansuman Das of Sabuj Sangha at a school run by the NGO
THE Sundarbans, located at the mouth of the Ganga and Brahmaputra rivers between India and Bangladesh, are home to the world’s largest mangrove forests and are considered an ecological wonder. But life on islands dotting the delta is tough, with the residents being at the mercy of natural calamities like cyclones and floods at regular intervals. Sabuj Sangha has been...

‘Most of the waste we Indians generate is mismanaged’

YEARS of working in high-pressure situations took a toll on Kedar Sohoni's body, which forced the technology entrepreneur to become a fitness enthusiast. As his interest turned to the food he was consuming and its origins, he wanted to grow his own and started a kitchen garden. The IIT and IIM alumnus then experimented with waste management. One thing...

Is climate change becoming a child rights crisis?

FROM wars to natural disasters and every other crisis in between, children have always been the most vulnerable. Climate change is no exception. The threat posed to youngsters of today and the future by the global warming crisis will worsen unless the world unites and takes emergency and long-term measures. In the just-concluded COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow,...
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