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.

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...

What will happen if there is no water?

 
/ September 6, 2016

What will happen when there is no water? The acute scarcity of water in Jharkhand has brought its citizens face to face with this apocalyptic situation. As the state’s water sources dry up, residents of many villages are being forced to use contaminated water.  Basanti Hunni takes viewers to Urikel, a village...

Bihar Government is yet to pay compensation to Fire-affected households

 
/ August 30, 2016

A fire broke out at midnight in a hamlet in West Champaran district of Bihar unknown to its resident, burning three houses down to the ground, leaving its poor residents homeless and without any belongings. “We’ve lost everything in the fire; Rs. 10,000 worth cash and jewellery, 50 kgs of wheat, 1.5 quintals...

Beluha river of Malda polluted by nearby paper mills

 
/ July 28, 2016

The 8,000 people of Malda district in West Bengal, have their daily life and local economy disrupted by Behula river’s toxic waters. The lifeline of villages like Jalangi and Molpur, Behula has been dying a slow, poisonous death due to the paper mills at its banks. “The waters are so polluted,...

Chhattisgarh: Rapid Industrialisation Threatens Tribal Livelihood

 
/ June 28, 2016

The rapid industrialisation of Chhattisgarh has disrupted the environmental balance of the region. The livelihoods of the millions of indigenous people that depended on forest resources of the region are at stake, as the forests succumb to industries and mining activities. Rajesh Gupta, Video Volunteer community correspondent captures the loss...

100 families in Bilha, Madhya Pradesh face water scarcity

 
/ June 24, 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...