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E-book: Water warriors – Stories on people and their relationship with water

The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India to take back ownership of their water resources.

India Water Portal

Prayers on the bank of the Kshipra

Prayers on the bank of the Kshipra

Water sustains lives and livelihoods. It is a precious and finite resource that, in future years, is likely to become the main bone of contention between peoples, states and nations. Water – like every other finite resource – needs sustainable and equitable management, with equal focus on reducing demand, recycling and finding alternatives, as well as the usual emphasis on supply solutions.

While alarms are regularly raised over its increasing scarcity, water is largely seen as a matter of state regulation and governance, and is affected by large-scale issues such as privatisation, industrial and human pollution, and corruption.

‘Water warriors – Stories on people and their relationship with water’ presents the issue of water from the perspective of local communities, based on the premise that water is a very local issue that affects the lives of people everywhere, every day. The stories in this yearbook highlight efforts by rural and urban communities across India – in as far off regions as Umananda island in Assam, Amatikra in Chhattisgarh, Bengaluru in Karnataka, and Dhanukshkodi in Tamil Nadu – to take back ownership of their water resources.

These stories first appeared on the India Water Portal in English, Hindi and Kannada. This book showcases the best content from the Portal since its inception.

Download a copy of the book 

Workshop: Introduction to Permaculture and Forest Farming, Bangalore, Oct 28-30

Permaculture Patashala

When: 28-30th (Wed-Fri) Oct 2018

Where: Bhoomi Campus (Sarjapur Road) & Bhoomi Gurukul Farm, Bengaluru.
Instructor: Shri. Narsanna Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, Telangana.
Course Fees: INR 3000 to be paid to Bhoomi College.
To register: Drop a mail to naveenvedu@gmail.com OR call at +91-9449051027 (limited seats).

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New issue of Mausam, the Climate Change journal

India Climate Justice

mausam

The latest issue of Mausam, the e-mag published by India Climate Justice, is out. Here’s the list of contents:

CONTENTS
Experiencing the Change: Climate Change and Everyday Life in Coffee Plantations of South India
Anshu OgraHuman Trafficking and Climate Disasters
Sayantoni DattaBetting on the Wrong Horse: Fast Reactors and Climate Change
MV RamanaCompensatory Afforestation Bill a recipe for disaster
Soumitra GhoshInstitutionalizing forest diversion and legitimizing institutional fraud: The new Has Global Warming Stopped? The case of the mysterious ‘hiatus’
Soumya Dutta

Agro-ecology and the Fight Against Climate Change
Parul ThapaClimate Space statement from Tunis WSF 2018

Conversation with Jutta Kill

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Course: Understanding Rural India

Azim Premji University

Azim Premji University, Bangalore, is holding a non-residential introductory course, Understanding Rural India: Life and Livelihoods at the Base of the Pyramid, aimed at those who are relatively new to the development sector.

Dates: Nov 16 – 26, 2018
Venue: Bangalore

Rural India is undergoing unprecedented transformations, which have profound impact on the livelihoods of the rural poor by influencing the nature of their work, work related relationships, new opportunities, nature of rural-urban connect and household vulnerability. Understanding the nature of this transition in rural livelihoods is critical in order to design and participate in meaningful efforts to promote livelihoods security for rural households. Read more…

Announcing the second Ecologise! farm workshop

Date: November 14 -15, 2018
Venue: Suman Sangam– A forest farm (village  Daddi Kamalapur (Dharwad — Panaji (Goa) highway) Dharwad, Karnataka, India)
Host: Dr. Sanjeev Kulkarni


Ecologise!
Ecologise is a programme through which those living in cities can explore living in an ecologically more sensitive and sustainable manner. Specifically, it is a programme involving stay and work on an organic farm for varying periods, as a volunteer. The programme will be preceded by a weekend orientation  workshop , during which the participant may decide which farm they wish to work on, and for how long. The duration will vary according to the needs and land cycles of each farm. There will be a few ‘break periods’ during which participants can go home or travel. It is possible that participants may not be in a position to commit for a longer period. They can still attend the orientation workshop. Read more…

Event: Bhoomi Utsav 2018 – Oct 2, Bangalore

Bhoomi College

Go Organic! Tune in with Mother Earth!  

Date: Oct 2  2018   Time: 10 am to 6 pm        

Venue: the new Bhoomi Campus, (New Gate, Before Prakriya, Chikkanayakana Halli Rd) under the sky and trees Read more…

Event: TARAgram Yatra on ‘India – Post 2018 : Investing in Sustainability’

www.taragramyatra.org

TARAgram Yatra 2018 is an annual event that holds global multi-stakeholder consultation,organised by the Development Alternatives in partnership with Technology & Action Rural Advancement (TARA), Heinrich Böll Stiftung / Foundation’s (HBF), OXFAM, Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the Department for International Development (DFID).

TARAgram Yatra brings together practitioners and policy makers from India and across the world to discuss germane issues of sustainability and identify what can we do more and different such that India transforms to a greener, more sustainable, resilient and inclusive nation. Read more…

John Michael Greer: The Last Refuge of the Incompetent

John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report

(Click here to view original essay and comments)

There are certain advantages to writing out the ideas central to this blog in weekly bursts. Back in the days before the internet, when a galaxy of weekly magazines provided the same free mix of ideas and opinions that fills the blogosphere today, plenty of writers kept themselves occupied turning out articles and essays for the weeklies, and the benefits weren’t just financial: feedback from readers, on the one hand, and the contributions of other writers in related fields, on the other, really do make it easier to keep slogging ahead at the writer’s lonely trade.

This week’s essay has benefited from that latter effect, in a somewhat unexpected way. In recent weeks, here and there in the corners of the internet I frequent, there’s been another round of essays and forum comments insisting that it’s time for the middle-class intellectuals who frequent the environmental and climate change movements to take up violence against the industrial system. That may not seem to have much to do with the theme of the current sequence of posts—the vacuum that currently occupies the place in our collective imagination where meaningful visions of the future used to be found—but there’s a connection, and following it out will help explain one of the core themes I want to discuss.

The science fiction author Isaac Asimov used to say that violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. That’s a half-truth at best, for there are situations in which effective violence is the only tool that will do what needs to be done—we’ll get to that in a moment. It so happens, though, that a particular kind of incompetence does indeed tend to turn to violence when every other option has fallen flat, and goes down in a final outburst of pointless bloodshed. It’s unpleasantly likely at this point that the climate change movement, or some parts of it, may end up taking that route into history’s dumpster; here again, we’ll get to that a little further on in this post. Read more…

Event: The Noida NCR Learning City UnConference

Prakriti.org.in

Are you searching for a new vision of education? Come meet lots of amazing people working on innovative models of learning and living at The Noida NCR Learning City UnConference

Inviting all: education visionaries, alternative educators, social entrepreneurs, artists, designers, artisans, activists, organic farmers, slow food chefs, earth architects, healers, homeschoolers, unschoolers, cross-pollinators, planetary changemakers.

Wanted: Science Communicators for Science Express – Climate Change Special

Science Express Biodiversity Train Phase-II Launch

Science Express is a unique exhibition train running on the Indian Rail network since 2007. Its next phase is focusing on climate change and science.

Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC) is looking for young science postgraduates/graduates with excellent communication skills, to interpret the exhibition for the visitors and facilitate various activities of the project. These are short term appointments of around seven months, involving continuous travel on the train.

More information and the prescribed application form are available on: www.sciencexpress.in and  www.vascsc.org. Updates about the Science Express are also available on its Facebook page.

Those interested should apply in the prescribed application form urgently to: seccs.jobs@gmail.com. Applications being considered on rolling basis, till suitable candidates are found.

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