In Episode 8, we speak with Vijay Dhasmana, rewilder and eco-restoration practitioner. He tells us the riveting story of how a degraded mining site was converted into the flourishing Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurugram and explains why cities urgently need to integrate wild spaces into their planning.
In this article, Vijay Dhasmana, rewilder and forest gardener, shares his extraordinary journey of helping restore the Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Gurugram and shares why our cities need rewilding urgently.
In Episode 7, we chat with Zai Whitaker, writer and one of the founders of the Madras Crocodile Bank. She talks about what first drew her to the natural world, the influence of her family and the crucial role of conservation parks like the Crocodile Bank. She also shares how we can all connect to wonder in our very own cities and begin our conservation journey at home.
To put it simply, Indian cities are in trouble. By 2030, India is expected to have 590 million people living in cities. 68 cities will have a population of 1 million plus. The implications of such rapid urbanisation are unprecedented. Clubbed with the changes wrought by multiple crises, cities in India are already showing signs…
What is Transformative Change? The term ‘transformative change’ is being increasingly used by the development community to highlight the nature of change required in the face of stacking odds. But what is transformative change? Prof. Kai Chan, Coordinating Lead Author for The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment defines it…
Is it possible to create Indian cities that put our holistic well-being at the heart of their imagination?
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The Curio-city Collective’s Reading Circle explores readings on well-being and transformative change. Our book for November 2022 is ‘The Island Of Missing Trees’ by Elif Shafak. Through this moving, beautifully written and delicately constructed novel, we explore love, division, transcendence, history and eco-consciousness. Join RC here.
In ‘A Rendezvous With Birds’, Arpita Joshi writes why it’s important to protect and help birds thrive within cities as she speaks with Deepa Mohan an urban nature guide and describes the joys of city birding. In Befriending Trees, Srinidhi Raghavan and Arpita Joshi write about the nature of green cover in Hyderabad and report on the conversation with Sadhana Ramchander and Kobita Dass Kolli, the curators of the Hyderabad Tree Enthusiasts group.
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A well-being framework is increasingly being recognised as the new way of mapping and understanding long-term holistic and collective well-being of human societies. It shifts out of the narrow confines of economic growth and expansively lays out how improvements in multiple variables from various spheres such as the economic, social, environmental, democratic, civic and personal, independently and collectively interact to make a happier and healthier society. Read more.
of the world’s 30 cities with the worst air pollution are in India
Only a quarter
of the total 1.43 lakh MT of garbage generated in Indian cities, undergoes processing every day
The 7th worst-hit country
in 2019 as per the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, was India
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