An advocate for policies that recognize India’s indigenous peoples as “essential custodians of their environments”: Sunita Narain – TIME 100 Pioneers 2016

Sunita Narain |  Pioneers
By Amitav Ghosh, 

unita Narain’s ideas have shaped some of the key debates of our time. […]

Narain has also consistently opposed the kind of elite conservationism that blames environmental problems on the poor. Instead she has advocated policies that recognize India’s forest dwellers and indigenous peoples as essential custodians of their environments. Hers is a voice that urgently needs to be heard in this era of climate change.

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Environmentalists have a lot to complain about in India and Sunita Narain does her fair share. She can be acerbic and populist but there’s no doubting that she draws attention to issues that need it. The Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which she heads, monitors air pollution levels around India, studies the effects of climate change and even runs training courses that show businesspeople and students how to lead greener lives. […]

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Source: Sunita Narain – India’s Most Influential – TIME
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Dinesh Narayanan, ET Bureau | 1 Oct, 2015

Chief Sitting Bull was talking of the natives of America but he may as well have been speaking of India’s tribes whose primitive but harmonious existence in forests is endangered by the relentless expansion of modern civilisation. These tribes’ seamless coexistence with the trees and tigers of the forests may have a fi ghting chance as a nearly decade-old law makes its presence felt, albeit with great diffi culty. […]

Source: Forest Rights Act: How rules fail in the jungle – The Economic Times
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