World Environment Day 2021 Round-Up: Insights, Stories and Messages from Top Environmentalists in India | The Weather Channel - Articles from The Weather Channel

Here’s a collection of the best of The Weather Channel India’s coverage on World Environment Day 2021.

What Is Ecosystem Restoration, Why It’s Important and How to Be Part of #GenerationRestoration

REIMAGINE. RECREATE. RESTORE. That’s the theme for World Environment Day 2021, which has been dedicated to the protection and revival of precious ecosystems all over the world. This day heralds the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: A global rallying cry for everyone–from governments to corporations and citizens–to do their part in healing our ailing planet.

But precisely what does ecosystem restoration mean, what would be its impact, and how can each and every one of us play a part in it? For answers to all these questions, click here.

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Dia Mirza Invites Every Indian To Commit to Ecosystem Restoration on World Environment Day 2021

Most Indians know Dia Mirza for the amazing actress that she is, but only some are aware of the fact that she is also the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador, the United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals, and the Global Ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, Dia has invited one and all to take informed action for ecosystem restoration, while urging everyone to become an active part of ‘generation restoration’. Watch her complete message here.

Raghu Dixit Urges Everyone to Celebrate World Environment Day 2021 in a Meaningful Way

While famous for his contemporary Indian music that introduced a whole new range of rock music to an entire generation, Singer-Composer Raghu Dixit has also been very vocal about environmental and animal welfare issues over many years.

Continuing that trend, Raghu has now invited everyone to celebrate World Environment Day in a more meaningful way, while urging everyone to take a pledge towards conservation and restoration of our ecosystems. Watch his full message here.

Oxfam India’s CEO Amitabh Behar Highlights Our Broken Relationship with Nature

For urbanites, connecting with the natural world is often limited only to small patches of greenery dispersed across our sprawling metropolis. But for millions of people living in and around forests and other ecosystems, they are the source of livelihood and sustenance. One of the grassroots level organisations working towards a free and just society through meaningful social and environmental initiatives is Oxfam India.

On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, we caught up with Amitabh Behar, Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam India, to discuss how we can mend our broken relationship with nature for a sustainable future. Full story here.

‘Green’ guest columns

Ecosystem Restoration Can Ensure Water, Food, Health, Livelihood Benefits—Lessons from the Western Ghats

Aghanashini river. (Dr T.V. Ramachandra)

Aghanashini river in the Western Ghats.

(Dr T.V. Ramachandra)

It is often said that nature is our best teacher. Expanding on this theme, Dr T.V. Ramachandra—a researcher at the Centre for Ecological Sciences and Coordinator of Energy and Wetlands Research Group at IISC Bengaluru—writes about the important lessons in ecosystem restoration that the Western Ghats have in store for us.

Further, he also explores the rich diversity and fragility of these Ghats, which are classified among the 8 ‘hottest’ biodiversity hotspots in the world, while explaining how this ecosystem plays the role of a ‘water tower’ for the Southern Peninsula. Read the complete guest column here.

Hidden Gardens of Bengaluru: Reimagining Resilience Through Urban Agriculture

Bengaluru’s history is intertwined with the local agroecology of the region since its genesis. Kempe Gowda, the founder of this iconic city, is said to have included gardens in his city plan way back in the 16th century. But over the past few decades, Bengaluru has relentlessly turned from green to grey, with this transition evident through its disappearing lakes and green spaces.

Amid this greyness, however, the organic terrace gardening movement that began in the mid-1990s continues to grow strong, with thousands of urban ‘hidden’ food gardens said to be active across the garden city at present. Swarnika Sharma, a researcher at Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), writes about this urban agriculture in Bengaluru, and how immensely beneficial this practice can be. Read all about it here.

What ‘Monkey Fever’ Teaches Us About Multidisciplinary Approach to Tackling Zoonotic Diseases

Over the past year, the entire world has been reminded of the immense threat of zoonotic diseases thanks to COVID-19. Prior to this, the threat was made apparent in India by a mysterious disease that, back in the 1950s, had begun affecting the forest-dwelling communities in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.

Initially called ‘monkey fever’ and later, the Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), this outbreak brought together scientists and practitioners from multiple disciplines, all of whom worked together in cross-sectoral international collaboration. Dr Abi T Vanak, an Associate Professor at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, looks back at such multidisciplinary approaches used in the past, and how they can be crucial in tackling zoonotic diseases. Read it all here.

Eco-Guardians

EcoGuardians: This Man Left a Job at Google for Environmental Conservation! Here’s His Journey

Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India (Arun Krishnamurthy)

Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India

(Arun Krishnamurthy)

Mitti ki hai jo khushboo, tu kaise bhulayega?—the famous, heart-touching song lyrics penned by A.R. Rahman for the movie Swades—are what come to mind when we hear the story of Arun Krishnamurthy. Founder of the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI), Arun left a lucrative corporate job at Google to pursue his dream of environmental conservation.

In this exclusive interview with The Weather Channel India, this EcoGuardian talks about what motivated him to tackle environmental issues, his aim behind establishing EFI, the significant work he has done towards the restoration of lakes, and much more. Read what he has to say here.

EcoGuardians: Vivek Menon on Establishing Wildlife Trust of India, the Current Status of India’s Wildlife and More

Back in 1998, a group of three members led the initiative to protect and conserve the rapidly declining wildlife of India. As time passed, this renowned organisation came to be known as the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), and it has since achieved great heights in the field of wildlife conservation under the leadership of Vivek Menon.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, The Weather Channel India interacted with Mr Menon to know the main idea behind the establishment of WTI and the organisation’s current top priorities, and to gain some insight on some key Indian species, the current status of India’s wildlife, and more. Read this very interesting interview here.

EcoGuardians: Here’s How ‘Grow Trees’ Restores Ecosystems Through Planting and Gifting Trees

The sheer importance of trees for the survival of humanity is already an established fact, and yet these extremely crucial resources continue to get wiped out across the globe due to rapid urbanisation, deforestation and degradation of land.

While many recognise the dire need to protect the trees and the ecosystems they belong to, only a few actually take action. The organisation Grow-Trees.com features among the latter, as it doesn’t just encourage planting and gifting of trees, but also leads ecosystem restoration projects around the world. Read all that they do and more, here.

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