Bharati Chaturvedi

Bharati Chaturvedi is an environmentalist and writer. She is the founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.

Articles by Bharati Chaturvedi

Infusing green tradition in our cities

  • Increasingly, we read about city slickers beating a leopard to death. It’s a crime? That it was seen. We dump endless plastics in our rivers, regardless of how this impacts riverine life. We watch passively as trees are lopped.
or lasting change, Indian cities need regulation, shifts in education and transformations in planning and running cities.
or lasting change, Indian cities need regulation, shifts in education and transformations in planning and running cities.
Published on May 23, 2022 12:28 AM IST
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To survive heatwaves, we need a moratorium on cutting down trees

Prior to this heatwave, several workers I spoke to asked why they couldn’t start working at 5 am and ending at 1 pm? Coupled with workplaces designed for frequent rest, shade and hydration, this could be a first step.
About 80% of the workforce in urban India is informal (90% in rural India). We know them as cobblers, workers in construction and waste, and street vendors, among other people who make cities liveable. They are vulnerable to the heat; their work requires them to be on the streets, facing the elements, for the most part, without any cooling comfort. (AFP)
About 80% of the workforce in urban India is informal (90% in rural India). We know them as cobblers, workers in construction and waste, and street vendors, among other people who make cities liveable. They are vulnerable to the heat; their work requires them to be on the streets, facing the elements, for the most part, without any cooling comfort. (AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:24 PM IST
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Rising electric scooter fires need a closer look

  • Despite about 15 manufacturers in India, the quality of the batteries is unclear. Could some of them have been imported from outside, with no quality control, to meet the growing demand?
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Published on Apr 25, 2022 06:02 AM IST
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Need to take lessons from Sri Lanka crisis

  • The world is deeply interconnected. This is exhilarating, but it exacerbates our vulnerability, especially in the context of climate change.
Sri Lankan demonstrators holding placards attend a protest to demand justice.(REUTERS)
Sri Lankan demonstrators holding placards attend a protest to demand justice.(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 18, 2022 05:07 AM IST
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Elderly losing out to climate change talk

  • According to the National Statistical Office ‘s 2021 report on the elderly, India can expect a 41% increase in the population of those above 60 in a decade, by 2031. How can we increase their resilience to climate change?
The study addresses a key question from the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition on whether glaciers at the highest point on earth are experiencing the impacts of climate change.
The study addresses a key question from the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition on whether glaciers at the highest point on earth are experiencing the impacts of climate change.
Published on Apr 11, 2022 07:06 AM IST
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India must eliminate toxins from the system

  • An avid birder in the Ottawa region mentioned to me how rare ravens were in the area till a decade ago. Now, they are plentiful.
Ravens roam in the grounds after being fed at the Tower of London in central London. (Representational image)
Ravens roam in the grounds after being fed at the Tower of London in central London. (Representational image)
Updated on Mar 28, 2022 05:58 AM IST
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Mix modern science, indigenous wisdom to mitigate climate crisis

  • During the last few years, temperatures have started shifting from high to low rapidly, which forces the snow on top to melt and freeze back into ice.
Activists with placards take part in a protest against climate change outside the Ministry of Environment in New Delhi earlier. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO.)
Activists with placards take part in a protest against climate change outside the Ministry of Environment in New Delhi earlier. (Amal KS/HT PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 14, 2022 06:41 AM IST
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Eco solutions must not lead to unintended consequences

  • The environment cannot be governed with optimistic guesswork. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.
rk. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.(AFP)
rk. Pollution control boards must urgently carry out rigorous studies and come up with guidelines, so the public can exercise informed options.(AFP)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 05:59 AM IST
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Citizens’ science could come to forest dept aid

  • The Cornell Ornithology Lab based ‘E-bird’ site allows birdwatchers to post their sightings almost anywhere in the world, with moderators for data oversight. India makes a rich contribution.
Key shifts are important to successfully tap into this valuable human resource. (HT archive)
Key shifts are important to successfully tap into this valuable human resource. (HT archive)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 08:08 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Greenpiece: Animal celebs and big cats can be better used for education

Dead bodies of animals in protected areas should follow the natural route-of being food and nutrients.
The celebrity tigress, Collarwali, lived and died in the grand landscape of Pench National Park, aged 16.(File photo)
The celebrity tigress, Collarwali, lived and died in the grand landscape of Pench National Park, aged 16.(File photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 03:55 AM IST
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Greenpiece: Let us shift to greener ways in the fight against Covid-19

Just when we were told Omicron might be mild, the Florona combination emerged. While we collectively battle the Covid family, we must also battle the endless plastics from this pandemic.
That Covid has resulted in significant amounts of plastic waste is not new.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
That Covid has resulted in significant amounts of plastic waste is not new.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 03, 2022 06:18 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Greenpiece: Need mask standards to protect the people

Standardizing masks is key to public and environmental health, to saving lives. It is also key to using the appropriate resources in the most impactful manner.
India needs masks standards to guide and protect its people.(HT Photo | Representational image)
India needs masks standards to guide and protect its people.(HT Photo | Representational image)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 04:04 AM IST
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Greenpiece: The mind matters in climate crisis

  • No matter how much change we plan, nobody can be prepared for the new era we are in.
A man wades into the ocean at sunset,(AP file for representation)
A man wades into the ocean at sunset,(AP file for representation)
Published on Dec 13, 2021 06:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Greenpiece: Rethinking smog and smog towers in Delhi

A smog tower is an expensive device ( 20 crore) that sucks in air, then blows it out. In between, particulate matter is cleaned. When the air is let out, it mixes with outside air, turning polluted again.
Tens of crore are being spent on ineffective boondoggles such as smog towers in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)
Tens of crore are being spent on ineffective boondoggles such as smog towers in Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT file photo)
Published on Dec 06, 2021 05:43 AM IST
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Need to save greenery amid new Covid variant

  • The last year and a half has forced many of us to reduce our travel, meet only selected people and step out only if we have to.
Being able to enjoy nature, even in semi-seclusion, is an important route to well-being.(HT Photo)
Being able to enjoy nature, even in semi-seclusion, is an important route to well-being.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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Greenpiece: Lessons we can take from Baiga’s lifestyle

India’s 700 plus tribes, or indigenous people, have typically walked the earth with the lightest possible footprints, each distinct from the other.
A Baiga eats primarily what grows on plants, with very little farmed food.(Pixabay | Representational image)
A Baiga eats primarily what grows on plants, with very little farmed food.(Pixabay | Representational image)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 03:09 AM IST
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Kids in north India are vulnerable to pollution

  • State governments must invest in science-based protocols that can be implemented by schools, illiterate parents and the children themselves.
Kids in north India are vulnerable to pollution. (Representational image)(REUTERS)
Kids in north India are vulnerable to pollution. (Representational image)(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Climate finance key for developing nations

  • India has asked for climate finance to meet its own goals. We lose money every time we are hit by a climate event.
Demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion holds placards at a protest about Loss and Damage to the earth during the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (Image for represenation)(AP Photo)
Demonstrators from Extinction Rebellion holds placards at a protest about Loss and Damage to the earth during the COP26 Climate Change conference in Glasgow, Scotland. (Image for represenation)(AP Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 11:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Need to regulate housing footprint to limit the severity of climate crisis

Many urban middle-class folks hope to own two homes. One to live, one as investment. As a result, the wealthy are expanding the housing footprint. This has severe consequences for climate change.
Indian cities are a game changer, especially for the poor and for women.(AP file photo)
Indian cities are a game changer, especially for the poor and for women.(AP file photo)
Updated on Nov 01, 2021 06:16 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

What we eat and what we eat in: Need for law on food containers

  • While Indian legislation is cracking down on single use plastics, containers are a harder one.
The containers we and others globally use are likely to be contaminated with heavy metals.(Shutterstock)
The containers we and others globally use are likely to be contaminated with heavy metals.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 04:31 AM IST
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Greenpiece: This is new era, we need to be prepared for uncertainties

A big gap is knowledge about climate change. It’s easy to blame it for every crisis and sit back because it’s a meta-catastrophe.
Traditionally, the Western coast of India has been relatively undisturbed by cyclones. But we’ve been seeing a shift, thanks to climate change.(Representational image)
Traditionally, the Western coast of India has been relatively undisturbed by cyclones. But we’ve been seeing a shift, thanks to climate change.(Representational image)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 04:36 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Let us not try to bring back Woolly Mammoth

  • Touted as wonder materials, they are now globally regulated, threatening to overwhelm life in our rivers and oceans.
It may be released in icy Siberia, living in its ancestral home 6000 to 10,000 years ago.(AFP)
It may be released in icy Siberia, living in its ancestral home 6000 to 10,000 years ago.(AFP)
Published on Sep 27, 2021 02:14 AM IST
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How human activities put Killer Whales in danger

  • Science says there’s lots to love about Orcas. They are matriarchal, live in groups called pods and have their own private pod language.
Ironically, humans are killing Orcas, now classified as ‘endangered’ in the US and ‘at-risk’ in Canada.(Istock)
Ironically, humans are killing Orcas, now classified as ‘endangered’ in the US and ‘at-risk’ in Canada.(Istock)
Published on Sep 20, 2021 12:06 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Greenpiece: Climate Crisis mitigation must be reflected at municipal level

Take the case of the waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Gurugram’s Bhandwadi, in the ancient Aravalli forest... It is expected to handle waste from Gurugram and Faridabad.
The Solid Waste Management Rules require segregation, composting and recycling. Neither Faridabad nor Gurugram follows this.(HT Photo)
The Solid Waste Management Rules require segregation, composting and recycling. Neither Faridabad nor Gurugram follows this.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 01:48 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Greenpiece: Lessons to be learnt from hurricane Ida

  • The hurricane has only one lesson: fight much harder against climate change, or hurricanes, droughts, floods, lightening-these will be part of whatever life is left.
When this is over, the US must identify game changing pain points it will fearlessly implement. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(AP)
When this is over, the US must identify game changing pain points it will fearlessly implement. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(AP)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 12:21 AM IST
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IUCN must scrap ‘least concern’ species category in assessment

  • As we enter the era of environmental catastrophe, how we value species deserves a rethink.
When the monsoon is delayed, it interferes with the life cycle of several species.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
When the monsoon is delayed, it interferes with the life cycle of several species.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 22, 2021 11:55 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

To survive, cities must transform

From cooling spots to closing the underground metro, all kinds of ideas have been widely debated, but the point is to action them as if it were a disaster were to strike next month.
A man uses a tree branch to extinguish a wildfire burning in the village of Pefki, on the island of Evia, Greece.(Reuters)
A man uses a tree branch to extinguish a wildfire burning in the village of Pefki, on the island of Evia, Greece.(Reuters)
Published on Aug 09, 2021 03:26 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nations should compete over green list to measure efforts on conservation

  • In an era where countries all over the world are debating why infrastructure is more important than the wilderness, and where climate change is devastating habitats, this green list could play another role.
Think of what might happen if Brazil decides to be on that list. How will that impact devastated ecosystems, like the Amazon? REUTERS/Jake Spring(REUTERS)
Think of what might happen if Brazil decides to be on that list. How will that impact devastated ecosystems, like the Amazon? REUTERS/Jake Spring(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 12:07 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Reduce consumption, avoid ‘revenge shopping’

  • Most people love to shop for clothes. I’m baffled. I mean what exactly have we worn in the last 15 months that we need to top up?
Guilt is not the way ahead. Now that you do know the challenges, there’s only one way ahead: buy less. Enjoy your clothes more.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Guilt is not the way ahead. Now that you do know the challenges, there’s only one way ahead: buy less. Enjoy your clothes more.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 19, 2021 04:15 AM IST
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Greenpiece: Key steps that can help promote green travel

  • Indian states can lead this transformation. Many have begun procuring electric buses.
FILE PHOTO: An electric car is seen plugged in at a charging point for electric vehicles. (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: An electric car is seen plugged in at a charging point for electric vehicles. (REUTERS)
Published on Jul 12, 2021 03:55 AM IST
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By, New Delhi
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