Indian climatologist on Chinese civil society body

Indian climatologist on Chinese civil society body

Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre, former Director UNEP, has been appointed as Honorary Chairman of International Advisory Council of the Operation Earth, a leading civil-society organization of China dedicated to biodiversity conservation and global climate change. He also accepted the invitation to be on advisory board CBCDGF and Panda Guide. (more…)...
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Salty but Sweet, Arid but Awakening, Sandy but Stimulating

Salty but Sweet, Arid but Awakening, Sandy but Stimulating

If you are asked to name a river in Kutch in Gujarat, you would wonder if there exists any. Kutch at the time of the Alexander the Great and King Poras, Kutch was all sea. Now it is salt-desert. But it does have rivers. One of them is theRukmavati Riverwhich empties into theArabian Sea Mandvi, an ancient port town, is located on the banks of this river just at the mouth where it meets the Arabian Sea near the Gulf of Kutch. Mapping the banks of these rivers which are flooded during rains only, helps in fetching the fresh water on sustainable basis for the people there. An initiative by the Vivekanand Research & Training Institute, (VRTI) Kutch, Gujarat did exactly that, and much more. That won them Earth Care Award of JSW and Times of India. As a member of the jury, I was astonished to read and see how the NGOs work in arid, salty hot and humid...
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Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

We all heard of heroic stories of Indian Army who protect our national borders. We are able to take quiet and undisturbed sleep only because of the soldiers that are awake to protect us. But have you heard of Indian army protecting our environment with the same spirit as they protect the national borders? Yes, they do it, so that our children and our Children’s children would be able to sleep quietly. Here is the award winning story! I salute the extraordinary efforts of 128 INF BN (Territorial Army) Eco Rajputana Rifles and congratulate them from bottom of my heart precisely for this reason. I was proud to be on the jury for the award. They recently won the Earth Care Award, institutionalized by Times of India and JSW in New Delhi. The soldiers came to receive the award. They received it with great pride but with military discipline by saluting the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsha...
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Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience of Times of India and JSW Earth Care Awards 2018 What was it like? Being on the jury of Earth Care Awards 2018 was a mesmerizing journey and exploratory experience. Exploration was diving deep in the search of the best of those who are searching innovations and excellence.   The Key take away? The innovative and award winning solutions to the challenge of climate change can take place even in the remotest and the difficult terrains like Ladakh, Kutch  Rajasthan and South West Bangladesh. These inspirational examples demonstrate the power of the communities and potential of the committed individuals that could accelerate the actions to implement the SDGs.   What next? ECA awards’ potential is enormous and not yet fully tapped. The challenge of climate change demands much steeper and accelerated rise in commitment solutions, replication and commercialisation. Asian region, where two-third of rise in fossil fuel use for energy production in next two decades will enhance their carbon emissions more than leading industrialised countries. The deployment of modern technologies like...
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TERRE joins hands with International Youth Committee: Campus Cloud

TERRE joins hands with International Youth Committee: Campus Cloud

TERRE Policy Centre and The International Youth Committee (IYC) join hands for skill building initiative for youth of the world through transforming their campuses to Smart Campuses.  The International Youth Committee (IYC) is an International Youth Organization working to provide a policy framework and practical guidelines for national action and international support to improve the situation of young people around the world. Currently, IYC has a presence over 57 countries coordinated by the Country Coordinators (CC) and Ambassadors as well. It was founded on 21st February 2007 under the Society Registration Act 1989. Now it has more than 500,000 members and volunteers in over 170 countries and 57 country offices / units across 5 Continent. IYC is purely a voluntary organization formed by intellectual groups of professional young people to work for the promotion of World Program of Action for Youth of United Nation adopted by the United Nation General Assembly in...
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