KumKum Dasgupta is with the opinion section of Hindustan Times. She writes on education, environment, gender, urbanisation and civil society.
Articles by KumKum Dasgupta
- It will help foster broader environmental concerns among the general public, subsequently creating pressure to comply with environmental laws and regulations.
- Children worldwide have inherited a problem that is not of their making. There's still time to turn things around, but we must act now. Educational institutions in Kerala show the way
- Begin a large-scale campaign to make citizens aware of India’s strong legacy of water conservation, build their capacity to protect local traditional water harvesting systems, and encourage them to take up water conservation.
- Cool roofs reflect sunlight and absorb less heat. Depending on the setting, cool roofs can help keep indoor temperatures lower by 2 to 5°C. They must be mainstreamed into state and city heat action planning
- While waste management is a huge challenge, many cities have shown progress by implementing robust models of service delivery coupled with innovative initiatives
- Research by Indian scientists shows there is a close link between marine heatwaves and atmospheric circulation and rainfall. To soften the impact of these changes, India must scale up its observation capacity and climate resilience efforts
- India must develop new routes for raising internal finance for adaptation and localise climate science for administrators and communities
- India needs a comprehensive policy on internal migration as sudden and large-scale displacements due to the climate crisis are likely to become frequent
- As India transitions towards a low-carbon economy, it is critical that its future energy systems are designed to foreground ecological health, human dignity and well-being
- The growing resistance against the Deocha-Pachami coal mine shows the people’s lack of trust in the Indian State’s ability to carry out a fair and equitable rehabilitation process
- India’s most populous state faces a plethora of environmental challenges. But conventional narratives around caste, religion and region have once again elbowed out green issues
Indonesia is relocating its capital from Jakarta to Nusantara. One of the main reasons for this move is the degraded environment of the present capital. Other mega cities must take note and invest in environmental protection and climate resilience
- Tackle the carbon footprint of construction materials and the supply chain that feeds India's rapidly growing building sector
- States, cities, and districts have been making their climate plans. This thrust on climate plans is good, but there must be consistency
- World over, cities are reviving their tram systems after years of prioritising cars. Kolkata, which has Asia's oldest tramway system, must also revitalise the eco-friendly mode of transport
- Political campaigns and elections generate vast amounts of non-biodegradable waste, in addition to noise and vehicular pollution. Political parties must heed the EC directives on cutting down on such waste
- More efforts need to be put into simplifying these reports for a larger audience and developing instruments for people for the general public to understand
Include the climate crisis as a separate subject. Or better still, integrate it with existing subjects. Also, recognise children as key agents of change in addressing the climate and environmental crisis, and make the curriculum more practical
For the last eight years, Arunima Singh, recipient of the NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award 2021, and her field team have been fighting tirelessly for turtles, Gangetic dolphins, marsh crocodiles, and gharials
In a climate-hit world, most disasters have deep interconnections. And, so the response cannot be fragmented
At COP26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world’s response to the climate crisis must involve adaptation and not just mitigation. A community-based project in Sundarbans offers a lesson
The state needs go back to its climate plan, update it, and implement its key messages for its development planning. Otherwise, it will face repeated rounds of climate-related devastation
While there is much to worry about the state of world’s biodiversity, it’s important to cheer conservation success stories too
There are plenty of other comparatively much smaller, below-the-radar schemes that are chipping away the natural heritage of these ecologically fragile states. Like highways and dams, these too continue, despite protests, in the name of development and taking advantage of State oversight or, in many instances, unethical governance.
While MPD’s plans are bold, the health of the Yamuna, the second largest tributary of the river Ganga, will not improve unless all states take measures to stop industrial pollution, regulate mechanised sand and gravel mining, and agree to revise the interstate water-sharing agreement in 2024
‘His message of forest and river conservation must be respected both by Uttarakhand and the Centre by putting an immediate halt and independent review of destructive projects such as Char Dham road widening and construction of high dams’
In the discussions on air pollution, IAP often loses out to outdoor pollution. But as the extent of the challenge shows, IAP is an equally big problem. Let’s not brush it under the carpet.
To tackle the climate crisis and make cities liveable, invest in energy-efficient buildings and microclimate
Hindustan Times | ByKumKum Dasgupta
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an ugly reality: Migrant labourers live in slums and informal/unauthorised colonies that are congested, lack basic sanitation and water services, ventilation and green spaces. As a result, they are at a far greater risk of contracting the virus, along with other illnesses.
As the number of coronavirus cases detected in India rises, health professionals have suggested frequent hand-washing as a precautionary measure. But getting people to do this may not be easy as many households across the country do not have adequate hand-washing facilities, according to the National Family Health Survey (2015-16).