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Wangari Maathai: The passing away of an environmental legend


By Bhavani Prakash “It is the people who must save the environment. It is the people who must make their leaders change. And we cannot be intimidated. So we must stand up for what we believe in.” -Wangari Maathai (April 1 1940 – 25 September 2011) It was with immense sadness that we heard of […]


September 26th, 2011 | Posted in Animations and Movies,Communities and Governance,Sustainable Development | Read More »

What are the Top Seed Companies?

Seed Industry Structure 1996 to 2008

By Bhavani Prakash Prof. Philip H. Howard, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University has created an interesting infograph on the Structure of the Seed Industry from 1996 to 2008.  Not surprisingly, it shows an oligopolistic industry with a small number of large players such as Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta, Limagrain-Vilmorin, Land-O’Lakes, KWS and Bayer. As an […]

September 21st, 2011 | Posted in Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Bicycle Hire Service in Hangzhou, China – World’s Biggest

To rent a bike, people simple swipe their ID card and pay 200 Yuan as a deposit.

With over 50,000 bikes available to rent, Hangzhou in China is aiming to reduce pollution, cut congestion, and keep its people healthy – all while making a profit!  By Jeremy Torr If you thought Paris had a lot of city rental bikes at 20,000, think again. The city of  Hangzhou in China beats that hands […]

September 15th, 2011 | Posted in Energy/Renewables,Green Cities/Communities,Green Travel/Transport | Read More »

Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Ethics : The Kaani Tribe in India

Kaani Woman and Man

Indigenous peoples are ethnic groups native to a land or region. Usually they have a close relation to the land and live in consonance with nature. They believe that land and people are inseparable and interdependent. It is this aspect of their lifestyle-the intertwining of their lives with their natural surrounding that are a subject of fascination to modern man.  Today at a time […]

September 7th, 2011 | Posted in Indigenous Communities,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Brendon Sing of Shark Guardian: Why I Love Sharks

Shark Guardian Logo

Brendon Sing grew up in South Africa, became the youngest dive instructor in Asia at 18, and an instructor trainer at 25. Apart from being passionate about diving, he lives and breathes saving sharks, and is single-handedly funding his own Shark Guardian education and awareness programme. He talks to Mallika Naguran in Koh Lanta, Thailand. […]

August 17th, 2011 | Posted in Water/Marine Life | Read More »

Have You Thrown Something Away Today?

Photo 1 Image Credit: EarthScholars Research Group

by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary It is considered admirable when people pick-up litter and discard their own trash.  Clean cities and homes are considered progressive and inviting.  We are frequently admonished to “dispose of our trash properly.” Society uses the word trash to include things that are broken, empty, soiled, redundant, outdated, […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Waste Management | Read More »

Go GM Free in Australia

Australia Wheat Scandal Greenpeace Report

By Bhavani Prakash Today sees an important report being released by Greenpeace Australia against GM wheat trials in the country. These trials are clearly, as the report alleges, a result of government-industry nexus, rather than for the interests of consumers or farmers.  Featured here are the various GM campaigns in Australia and the people behind […]

July 7th, 2011 | Posted in Food/Meat Reduction,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic | Read More »

Lim Li Ching: GMO Free

Lim Li Ching

Lim Li Ching, who is co-author of the book “GMO Free” works with the biosafety and sustainable agriculture programs at Third World Network (TWN),  an international NGO based in Malaysia. TWN covers developmental issues, policy advocacy work, climate change, WTO, Biosafety issues, to advance social justice with a pro-poor agenda. She is also a Senior […]

June 16th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Pavan Sukhdev: What Is The World Worth?

Pavan Sukhdev

By Bhavani Prakash Pavan Sukhdev, unlike most economists, has a strong passion to make Nature count. He’s on an important mission to enable governments, businesses and communities incorporate a sense of the true worth of nature’s services which historically has been taken for free. Pavan Sukhdev is Special Adviser to UNEP’s green economy initiative and […]

June 7th, 2011 | Posted in Climate Change,Communities and Governance,Government Policy | Read More »

GOONJ: Not Just A Piece of Cloth

Layers of recycled cloth fillers in GOONJ's sanitary napkin

by Bhavani Prakash India is a land of extreme contrasts. While there are pockets of unimaginable wealth and prosperity due to the rapid economic growth of recent decades, these co-exist with a vast population of poor who can barely feed or clothe themselves, whether in urban slums or in villages. Women are the worst affected […]

May 26th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Behaviour Change,Sanitation,Waste Management | Read More »


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