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30 08, 2014

Lost to the Desert

By | 2014-08-30T06:26:57+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

I look out the window, see the verdant patch of trees outside and offer a silent thank you. I think of the vast desert lands that form over 34 per cent of our planet: and I shudder. And those deserts are moving quietly, relentlessly. An estimated six million hectares of productive land are lost every year because of desertification, land degradation and declining agricultural productivity. More than 110 countries are affected by desertification, with over 250 million people directly affected and a billion more at risk. These people include many of the world’s poorest and therefore most marginalized and politically [...]

30 08, 2014

That desert is not so distant from you…

By | 2014-08-30T06:26:26+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

Is it so hard to see that what affects your neighbourhood will affect you? What affects the city will impact soon on your neighbourhood? Every ecosystem on this planet is interlinked: What happens to deserts affects each one of us, even the ones not living in deserts. What happens in cities and villages in turn affects deserts, changes the way they function, and their impact on the rest of the planet. Our ways of living in the last 30 years, with the massive increase in use of power and water which has meant the rapid killing of forests and rivers [...]

30 08, 2014

March of the Sands

By | 2014-08-30T06:25:00+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

This day quietly passes by with few of us acknowledging it to be the UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. EcoMoments began the week on this theme as a gentle reminder, dear reader, of how the March of the Sands will threaten our lives soon—if we do not do something about restoring the skin of the earth, or its vegetation in as many parts as land. We can’t leave it to the Government and its ‘programmes’ as we did all these years. As real people, we have to wake up, find organizations that are working on such things [...]

30 08, 2014

Forests: Nature at Your Service

By | 2014-08-30T06:21:36+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

1.5 acres of rainforests are lost every second to land development and deforestation, with tremendous losses to habitat and biodiversity. That’s over 2,000 acres a day. On June 05, it was nice to see as much media attention for the World Environment Day this year, across India and the world. Many did not realise the theme this year revolved around how Forests and Nature are at our service; we can’t be taking that for granted. Forests, the 'lungs of the Earth', support 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity, and continues to be home to 300 million people, or about 5 [...]

30 08, 2014

One Fierce Glare that Changed his Life, Forever

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:57+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

He was a wildlife manager of his times. The setting was the 1920s. He was assigned by the US Government to create a policy for wiping out the entire wolf population from the US. Why? Wolves competed with sport hunters for deer; so fewer wolves would mean more deer for the hunters. Sounds absurd, but governments didn’t have even as much understanding as they have today. Aldo Leopold in later years wrote the celebrated The Sand County Almanac. As a young warden, he held the unquestioning belief that humans were superior to the rest of nature, and were thus morally [...]

30 08, 2014

Why don’t people care?

By | 2014-08-30T06:19:07+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

We have forgotten what it is to be a part of Nature. From birth to death, we spend our life in front of LCD screens, in air-conditioned rooms, surrounded by concrete and brick walls; the only other forms of life we are aware of are virtual! As Craig MacIntosh, PRI editor said, "Appreciation and empathy gets lost through lack of interaction. We care little for our fellow organisms because we rarely experience any meaningful connection with them. Having migrated and crammed ourselves like sardines into urban islands, we now have a 'long-distance relationship' with nature — rarely bothering to call [...]

30 08, 2014

What are wetlands?

By | 2014-08-30T06:09:52+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

On the shores of the Caspian Sea, in The Iranian city of Ramsar, on february 2, 1971, the Convention on Wetlands was signed. Ever since, February 2nd has been celebrated as World Wetlands Day every year. What are wetlands? They are the link between water and land - areas where there is marsh, fen, peatland, which remains submerged or waterlogged for a portion of the year. More than half the world's remaining wetlands have been destroyed in the 20th century. One-third of India's wetlands has been wiped out or degraded - beautiful places like Ladakh, Wular Lake, Point Calimere, Sambhar [...]

28 08, 2014

Let’s Clean up the World!

By | 2014-08-28T06:53:44+00:00 August 28th, 2014|Nature|0 Comments

Last weekend, Millions of people all over the world were busy cleaning up their backyards, parks, roads and lakes. Initiated by the United Nations Environment Program, the Clean Up the world campaign has inspired more than 35 million volunteers in 130 countries all over the world to take action. It is a community-based environmental campaign that empowers volunteers to conduct their own clean-up program in their locality. "Clean Up the World encapsulates one fundamental idea: how to mobilize people around the world to take on the practical challenge of environmental sustainability. It sounds a very ambitious objective, but it is [...]