Earth crusaders

Ever since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, countries around the world celebrate April 22 by organising programmes to plant saplings, picking up road trash and undertaking recycling and conservation projects. On the occasion of the 42nd Earth Day, Down To Earth, presents a selection of articles on individuals and communities working to make the planet a better place. Read to find out how about 10,000 farmers in Rajasthan's semi-arid Shekhawati region have taken to organic farming and have transformed agriculture in the region. Then there are the group of Vidarbha farmers who have reinvented biogas plants to cut down on LPG cylinder expenses, and are promoting use of a clean fuel without any aid from the government. Doughty bird specialist Jatinder Kaur is at the centre of another heart warming story. She has managed to mobilise villagers in Kota region to save the Saras Crane, a bird in the red data list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Villagers in Kota are now guardians of the birds, which have increased in number after the community conservation project took off. Then there is the story of how a small enterprise in Pune has started an electric two-wheeler service which is becoming quite popular with the people who rent them on a monthly basis and enjoy a pollution-free commute to their place of work. Such enterprises hold the key to making cities clean and liveable.

 
Last Updated: Monday 17 August 2015

Earth Day special
 
worms
By Jyotika Sood,  Issue: Jan 31, 2011
Shekhawati farmers in Rajasthan go organic
 
 
wings
By Ankur Paliwal,  Issue: May 15, 2011
A community project conserves the non-migratory birds in Rajasthan
 
 
sweet beris
By Sarandha,  Issue: Jul 31, 2011
Residents dig shallow wells to tap sweet water reserves
 
 
scooter
By Arushi Mittal,  Issue: Sep 30, 2011
An electric two-wheeler service in Pune promises to make commuting cleaner, easier
 
 
garden
By Sayantan Bera,  Issue: Nov 15, 2011
Want to know about a lost variety of rice or a cure to asthma? Answers lie in the notebooks of schoolchildren and women of the Sundarbans and Madhyamgram, says Sayantan Bera
 
 
pond
By Aparna Pallavi,  Issue: Jan 31, 2012
Once parched, Dewas in Madhya Pradesh is now a lush green district
 
 
angioplasty
By Ashwin Aghor,  Issue: Apr 30, 2012
Politician-scientist duo turns an arid region in Maharashtra lush green
 
 
biogas
By Aparna Pallavi,  Issue: Dec 15, 2011
Innovative Vidarbha farmers make biogas plants viable.
 
 
butterfly
By Sayantan Bera,  Issue: Jul 15, 2011
As India continues to lose its rich butterfly diversity at an alarming rate, a handful of individuals work towards creating newer habitats
 
 
forest
By Aditya Batra,  Issue: Jun 15, 2011
Analog forestry mimics a forest to create an economically productive and ecologically diverse landscape
 
 
maize
By Latha Jishnu,  Issue: Apr 15, 2011
Mexicans are fighting hard to save their traditional maize from the onslaught of GM hybrids and US exports
 
 
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