Why we are the way we are – part II

A version of this appeared in Firstpost on Aug 20th: http://www.firstpost.com/living/climate-change-and-the-social-contract-how-our-choices-lead-to-predictable-tragedies-3950247.html A Faustian Bargain – Social Contracts, Climate Change and predictable tragedies Last time we saw how our societal choices – building over water bodies, dumping rubbish in rivers and allowing slums to come up on river banks – join hands with climate change and [...]

Why we are the way we are?

So many of us give and receive inane advice. Things usually are the way they are for good reasons. It helps to understand why. A three part series on why India is the way it is - and how we can change it? The first part appeared in Firstpost on August 6th: http://www.firstpost.com/living/gujarat-assam-floods-why-blaming-climate-change-while-customary-is-also-unhelpful-3893631.html Want to [...]

Why should we care about coral reefs disappearing?

Pro: They are such a beautiful, rich source of life and biodiversity. Con: How are they even related to me? I care more about the jobs and the economy. Certainly, the "Pro" argument will not cut any ice with any person struggling with holding onto their jobs or finding a new job. Corals are remote, [...]

Green = A divine rebirth

(Image courtesy: Flickr/Sandeep Achetan) (This effort was also carried by the Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/society/when-your-actions-speak-how-much-you-love-your-city-and-care-for-the-environment/article19587578.ece) As a society, we equate size with quality. Bigger the better. This belief has even come to our faith and our festivals. Take the Ganesh Chaturthi. In countless households across India, families welcome Ganesh into their homes in the form of a clay [...]

Au Revoir, M’sieur Trump?

(This was published in Firstpost on Jun 01, 2017) “The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.” Good advice for the rest of the world in waiting for America’s decision on the Paris accord. Especially since [...]

Lessons from a River Reborn.

Summer is a supercharged time in the South. For one, its hot. The one degree of global warming is palpable in May, where the temperature often skips above 40°C. For another, it is dry. The past year has been one of the driest in the past hundred and forty years. In Madurai, we have our [...]

India. Water. Do we have a problem? Yes. Can we something? Yes.

Ground water levels have been falling continuously in many parts of the country. The first question to ask is are we taking water from the groundwater (aquifer) in a safe way — in a way that allows it to recharge. In many parts of the country, the answer is “No”. The second question is the groundwater levels [...]

Action on Climate Change – Net-Works

Problem: Discarded fishing nets are a major source of pollution of the reefs Solution: Community members are paid to collect fishing nets which are then recycled into carpet tiles and are a sustainable solution from an economic perspective http://www.zsl.org/conservation/regions/asia/net-works