About us

Down To Earth is a product of our commitment to make changes in the way we manage our environment, protect health and secure livelihoods and economic security for all. We believe strongly that we can and must do things differently. Our aim is to bring you news, perspectives and knowledge to prepare you to change the world. We believe information is a powerful driver for the new tomorrow.

Down To Earth was started by environmentalist Anil Agarwal, who had a dream and commitment to make us aware of our challenges and believed that we could be the change in the world. It started in 1992 as a print magazine – our first cover was the ecological globalisation in the inter-connected world. Since then we have come a long way (or not) as the world is more aware of the dangers of climate change and yet even less prepared to deal with challenges of local and global environmental management.

Down To Earth is available in print – every fortnight we bring you detailed analysis and perspectives on the world around us. You can also get this print edition in digital form – download it on your IPAD or get a pdf copy. Like all publishers all over the world we are struggling to get the balance between our website and print edition. But we believe we need both – and we hope you will agree. We ensure that our print/digital subscribers get exclusive content – including the monthly children’s magazine Gobar Times.

The team at Down To Earth is skilled and passionate. It knows you crave for new ideas; you want to know what is changing in our world that is for the good. It also knows that we all have a duty to hope. We look at ways people are working in forests, farms and factories to make a difference. We try and tease out how these small experiments in our world’s development laboratory can be scaled up. In our experience scaling up invariably requires a change in some policy, rule or regulation. Our objective is to provide this understanding for impact.

We know we make a difference. We know this because our articles are used to push policy; used to challenge status quo; used to spread the word about what is possible. We know you believe in our independence. We have your trust. Our information has purpose. It is credible.

We cannot sustain our work without your help. One, we need your involvement in taking our ideas further. We do not have the marketing muscle to get into each house; we are also limited by language. But we know if you can be our messenger, multiplier and our friend, you can spread the word, use our information; take the word to action; bring us back the news about this impact. Help us to do what seems so impossible: turn the tide so that our present and future is secure.

Two, and I will be blunt about this we need your support in terms of subscriptions. We cannot do without this. We hope you will believe in us and will contribute to Down To Earth. The link to our subscription options is here.

I will look forward to hearing from you

Sunita Narain


Grant from IPSMF

Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation has provided financial support to Society for Environmental Communications for the purpose of reporting and publishing stories of public interest. IPSMF does not take any legal or moral responsibility whatsoever for the content published by Society for Environmental Communications on their website or on any of its other platforms.