Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Green Wars

It was great to get an invitation to Bahar Dutt's book-launch in 2014. 
Bahar Dutt is an award-winning Indian television environmental journalist and wildlife conservationist.
"Green Wars", the name of Bahar Dutt's maiden book, concerns our environment and thus, us all.
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As an Environment Editor with a rich environmental investigative reporting background, Bahar Dutt shared her experience as a conservationist and made important points by raising pertinent questions. 
"It's all right to brag about India evolving as the next super power, but what about its impact on wildlife? Why can't we prioritise GEP (Gross Environment Product) over GDP?"

Bahar Dutt making her presentation & in conversation with Sujata Sen and the audience at the British Council, Kolkata
Bahar Dutt shared about the "Problems with Dams on Ganga".
Though lots of clearances are needed for projects such as construction of dams, unfortunately politics does not ensure compliance. Needless to say, such dams affect the environment and have proved detrimental for our rivers like the Ganga.

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There is a conflict between modernizing economy and saving the planet.
This conflict needs to be addressed and resolved.
"When we say development, it's this brutal development that we are going through where we need to find out if the development is reaching the people living close to those resources."
The Ganga, a holy river of India, is in grave danger because of environmental pollution.
Water-bodies across the world are facing the brunt of human-negligence and disrespect.

India is "losing 333 acres of forest every day to large development projects like dams, roads and mining". In this "development without brakes" model of economy, "lifestyles are getting more and more carbon intensive."

Now with Cape Town and other cities around the world facing immediate water-scarcity and terrible environmental threats like global warming being a sad reality, it is time for everyone to wake up and act.

The Green Wars book-launch event was enlightening.
At the end, I had the opportunity to click a Selfie with Bahar!

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  1. great post. After moving to another area of the U.S. I am surprised by the people who are not as invested in the environment as I am. I am not alone in my concerns, the majority of us are concerned and doing what we can to protect the earth for everyone, it's just that we don't get the press. Good for you to promote this in the media and good for the author to research and make a great effort.

  2. Good read, thanks for sharing.

  3. There needn't be a conflict. But our current regime doesn't understand that.

  4. Impressive person, there should be more like her.

    To bad and very sad that all over the world, not everyone agrees on preserving and conserving wildlife.

    Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♪ (ABC-W-team)

  5. Every sane and responsible person should situp and understand the development creating havoc on the planet Earth. High time we all should get our act together. In that direction I feel this book will create awareness. May it reach and touch the sensibilities of all and sundry.

  6. Good post. We all should take care of the planet starting at our homes.


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