Environment

environmentIndia is rich in biodiversity and natural resources. It is home to over 45,000 plant species and over 90,000 animal species. Yet these resources are at risk. The forces of urbanization and industrialization that feed economic growth are often at odds with the environment. Pollution, industry and poor agricultural management strip its fertile environment of key minerals and nutrients. Depleted water resources and forced migration cause conflicts of increasing tension. Further, India’s dependence on monsoon rains makes it particularly susceptible to the dangerous effects of climate change. In this section, IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents report on the environment.

Mindless deforestation in name of development

 
/ January 4, 2017

Thousands of trees all over Jharkhand, many of them century-old, have been cut for road widening and infrastructure development projects of the State’s administration. Many more trees face the same fate. The citizens, including some organisations, have objected on the mindless destruction of trees, to pave way for roads in...

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Industrial Pollution goes unchecked in Chhattisgarh

 
/ December 13, 2016

The once green fields have turned black with fly ash, water has turned toxic in the community lake and farmers are forced to become labourers. Industrialisation is changing this village.  When the news of industrial development had reached this village of Chhattisgarh, the residents were hopeful that they will reap...

The fight to save Nature from Mining, by the indigenous of Odisha

 
/ November 21, 2016

The indigenous of Odisha have been on the forefront to defend the abundant nature against the ravages of mining in the state since a decade. From the tribals at the foothills of Niyamgiri hills to the village residents in the plains of Bolangir near the lower Suktel dam, have been...

Odisha reveals how Mahua flowers and seeds are a Wonder Oil

 
/ November 1, 2016

25 Adivasi (tribal) families live in a hamlet called Bhalukhola village, in the Sambalpur district of Odisha. It is surrounded by hills and trees in abundance. The natural resources are plentiful. Our community correspondent, Mamta, reports for Indiaunheard. The women of this village have mastered an age-old art of taking...

From a Drought-ridden Region to a Green Oasis

 
/ October 12, 2016

The single-minded efforts of Chain Singh, a physically challenged man from Delwara, Rajasthan, helped in shaping the landscape from a dust-ridden environment of acute droughts and severely rationed drinking water to greenery and shady trees where the people of his region take pride in participating in his endeavours.  Chain Singh first...

Forest Officials forcibly keep Tribe’s Legal Land Papers

 
/ October 7, 2016

The Baigas, an indigenous community spread across central India were, according to folklore, God’s chosen ones to carry forward the human race in India. The Baigas consider themselves to be servants of the earth and the king of the forests. The peace-loving tribe is known for its’ respect for nature,...

Awaiting Justice: Chhattisgarh’s tribal residents’ FRA rights under attack

 
/ September 26, 2016

The ancient tribe of Baiga has been residing in Chhattisgarh’s jungles since times unknown treating the Earth as their mother, and nature as their Gods. The earliest written records of the tribes’ existence in Central India, was recorded in 1867, by a Captain Thompson. Ever since Chhattisgarh was carved out...

A thousand people from Madhya Pradesh have no water

 
/ September 16, 2016

The handpumps of Bilha village, in Panna district of Madhya Pradesh, have hardly pumped water in the past one year. Due to the water scarcity, mothers and young girls of more than 100 families of the village walk over 2 km to fetch water from Kulga, the nearest village. The...