Obituary : Genetically UnModified Environment Minister

Obituary : Genetically UnModified Environment Minister

‘Walking away from the decision-making could be the hardest but it could also be the best decision’, says a wise fable. Anil Madhav Dave, India’s Minister of Environment surely faced such predicament . His fate took decision for him.‘Walking away from the decision-making could be the hardest but it could also be the best decision’, says a wise fable. Anil Madhav Dave, India’s Minister of Environment known for the most ordinary personal life with extraordinary passionate traits, surely faced such predicament recently. His fate took decision for him. He walked away from decision making. History has already made an addendum to the wise fable to Anil Dave’s story. He walked away for eternity. He passed away on 18th May 2017. Narmada river was to Anil Dave what Mars is to Elon Musk. Musk has openly stated that he wants to die on Mars, where he wants to set the human colonies...
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Designing by keeping the Nature at the Centre-My Commencement Speech to Graduates of MIT Institute of Design-Watch

Designing by keeping the Nature at the Centre-My Commencement Speech to Graduates of MIT Institute of Design-Watch

“Designing for nature than for humans” was the theme of my speech at MIT Institute of Design near Pune, India. The logic is simple, humans are part of the nature. Designing for nature than for humans was the theme of my speech at MIT Institute of Design near Pune, India. The logic is simple, humans are part of the nature. Hence when one designs for  nature, by consequence one also designs for the humans. Value addition of the ‘nature centred design’ is that we care for nature and ecosystems while designing.  I was delivering the address as Chief Guest to fresh graduates at 9th Convocation Ceremony at sprawling campus at Raj Baug near Pune, a city in India known for excellence in education. I continued to build on that theme by stating that nature is the designer itself- a designer par excellence. It uses resources optimally while creating designs. My friend Ram Subramaniam...
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Alphabets of Environmental Literacy: Do we have time to learn Alphabets or we just Jump-start the Actions?

Alphabets of Environmental Literacy: Do we have time to learn Alphabets or we just Jump-start the Actions?

Being literate does not necessarily mean being educated. And being educated does not necessarily mean ‘environmentally literate’. So, what are the alphabets of environmental literacy ? Being literate does not necessarily mean being educated. And being educated does not necessarily mean ‘environmentally literate’. So, what are the alphabets of environmental literacy ? In collaboration with Earth Day Network, ( EDN ) TERRE Policy Centre organized an intense discussion on the topic of ‘Environmental Literacy’. The day was 4th April, 2017. TERRE organized this discussion to have expert’s suggestions on the topic, on which, a ‘White Paper’. Would be published by EDN. Education, Industry and Media got together in a round table to present up their views on environmental education and literacy in Indian context. The discussion included: ¬ what is the current situation of environmental education and policies, ¬ what future actions can be taken for enhancing the Environment Literacy at grass root levels. After the...
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We Need USA that is Engaged-New UNSG to American TV.No word from him on Climate Change

We Need USA that is Engaged-New UNSG to American TV.No word from him on Climate Change

In his first ever USA  TV interview since becoming secretary-general of the UN António Guterres talks on everything that USA needs to get engaged except Climate Change!In his first American television interview since becoming secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres discusses why the world needs a United States that is engaged in issues of security, development and human rights, plus opportunities for reforming the U.N., the importance of protecting refugees, the struggle to end the bloodshed in Syria and more.But not a word about Climate Change! Watch and read : http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/u-n-secretary-general-guterres-world-needs-u-s-engaged/ JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to my interview with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He took office on January 1, after a decade as head of the U.N.’s Refugee Agency. I sat down with him this afternoon for his first American television interview since becoming secretary-general. We spoke at the World Bank here in Washington, where he is attending the annual meeting of the bank...
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Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

Now is the time to hedge climate change: Breaking News is now about Breaking Away of Largest Iceberg

The real ‘breaking news’ of this century is ‘breaking away of  Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C from its mother continent . Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. In spite of being a moot point for a couple of centuries, climate change has raised many concerns in the recent decades. Many international conferences continue to deal  with the issue on an urgent basis. These alarmist tendencies have come with the dawning realisation of the irreversible impact that climate change can and will definitely continue to incubate. Melting ice signifies impending disaster The ‘breaking news’ about Antarctica’s fourth largest ice shelf Larsen C measuring 48,600 square km, irreversibly breaking away from its mother continent has recently fluttered in. Exceptionally high temperatures are a major cause of this fracture. Further, the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported a dramatic collapse of smaller parts, Larsen A and B. Larsen C...
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