'The Lakes Are Still Alive' by Anupam Mishra is helping villagers rediscover ancient water-conservation methods, writes Nivedita Khandekar.

This year, in the parched district of Mahoba in Bundelkhand, in southern Uttar Pradesh, where persistent drought has led to large-scale migration over the past decade, several ponds were full of water even before the monsoon began.

Shikha Shah takes us through various traditional and innovative water conservation methods used in different parts of the country.

The year was 2014. Siddharth Agarwal, along with a friend set out on a cycling expedition. The journey spanned over a month, from Kharagpur to Mumbai and that too in the peak of the summer season. They called it ‘The Madness Project’. And quite aptly so! They did it to gain an authentic understanding of the issues the communities they met on the way.

When was the last time you climbed a tree? Or have you ever climbed any tree in your life? Meet Verhaen Khanna, a young Delhi resident who connects people with the environment by teaching them how to climb trees, hug them, plant them and a lot. 

Rucha Chitnis writes about the Sikkim Organic Mission which over 12 years has helped Sikkim transition into the first  Organic State in India. 

With the fossil fuel era coming to a close, the future calls for a radical and drastic  reduction of our energy consumption and  the equitable distribution of energy to to all residents  of the Earth, says T.Vijayendra

Manu Sharma writes about this inspiring farmer who persisted in  his experiments that led to his methods of Zero Budget farming and freely shared them with others.

Subhash Palekar has been bestowed with a Padmashree, one of India’s highest civilian honours. The award may not be always well deserved, but in this case, it is hard to think of a more deserving candidate. Palekar is a farmer-scientist and a natural farming crusader. He is also someone who has done the most to mitigate India’s greenhouse gas emissions and is least recognised for it.

For Satish Kumar, friendship is the organising principle of life.

Eco Spiritual leader Satish Kumar spells out a much needed philosophy of joy and caring for nature and humans in times when gloom and doom stories are rife in the world today.

...life is sacred. And through gratitude to life we are enchanted and inspired and happy. Caring for the Earth community, which includes the human community, is a matter of joy, and not a matter of compulsion. Ecology or environmentalism is a way of life, not a way of crisis management.

Being with the indigenous is a moving experience that creates a shift in consciousness within one, says Reva.  

For several months now, I have been visiting and living with indigenous people in our land (whom we often call “the tribals”), travelling into the interiors of India and meeting others who have lived and worked for years with them.