Learn from “insiders” to fight misconceptions: Ideas and practices worth sharing

There’s much to learn from the positive contributions made by tribal communities on a daily basis. To start with, let’s learn from insiders and others who have dedicated their lives …

Women in India: A reality check

Tracing the rise of patriarchy to class-based “civilisations” and the diminishing role of women in such societies, Chris Harman, in his book ‘A People’s History of the World’, says in …

“Mountain ecosystems also needed by urbanized areas”: International Mountain Day (11 December) – United Nations

Women move mountainsThe theme of this year’s International Mountain Day (IMD) on 11 December will be Women move mountains.Women play a key role in mountains’ environmental protection and social and …

A declaration on “Forest Foods and Ecology” collectively endorsed by many representatives of adivasi and forest-dwelling/dependent communities – ASHA

An appeal for a new consciousness of empathy and wise governance –to protect our rich natural heritage, culture, and harmonious collective futureWe, from numerous Adivasi and forest-dependent communities in India, …

Switching over to a more sustainable farming approach in the Western Ghats – Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Terming the expansion of commercial plantations in Western Ghats as the reason behind its ecological “degradation”, an expert panel has recommended urgent curtailment in the “disastrous” farming practice in the …

Bhil communities’ success story: Reviving the custom known as “halma” to conserve water – Madhya Pradesh

Ritesh Mishra, Hindustan Times, Indore, 13-3-16 Halma has united tribes people to conserve environment and water Until now, tribes people have planted more than 11,000 trees in 110 villages, repaired more than …

Celebrate International Mountain Day (11 December) with your community and friends preparing an event or joining the conversation on social media using the hashtag #MountainsMatter – United Nations

Did you know? Mountains are home to 15% of the world’s population and host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of …

“Adivasis no longer walk among the elephants without fear” – Human animal conflict on the rise – Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Chhattisgarh

On March 30 [2012], Kokila, an Adivasi woman, was collecting firewood with a few friends near Kozhikolly village in the Devala area of Gudalur taluk, 50 km below Udhagamandalam, when …