This is to raise our deep concern over the recent arrest of a Dongria Kondh youth Dasru Kadraka of Gorota village, Rayagada district in Odisha. The youth belongs to the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, that has been opposing bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills. 
The arrest comes in the wake of a series of reports of intimidation by para-military forces and local police in Niyamgiri  under alleged anti-moist operations. 
We request you to take immediate notice of this and secure the unconditional release of Dasru.

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In Search of Alternatives

This book is based on a mobile poster exhibition on alternatives, and published as part of the Kalpavriksh programme on Alternative Practices and Visions in India. For more details, go

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 We are saddened by the passing away of Pratibha Pande, one of the earliest members of Kalpavriksh, wildlife enthusiast, fantastic artist and map-maker, generous beyond words (so many of us have enjoyed her unhesitating hospitality), co-author with some of us of several wildlife-related books, and overall, a wonderful human being. Our deepest condolences to her family

A large group of civil society organizations including experts, energy practitioners, think tanks, peoples’ movements, academics, and entrepreneurs - came together as part of Bijli Vikalp Sangam in Bodh Gaya, between 4th to 6th March 2016. We reflected upon and explored sustainable equitable practices on energy, with a focus on electricity.  This was aimed at building a continuing critical dialogue with the state and other stakeholders in order to build a just and equitable energy future.

The Vision Statement

Energy Vikalp Sangam Press release (Hindi/ English)

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Please mark your calendars for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC, 12-15 February), the world's biggest bird-a-thon! To join, just go birding for at least 15 min and upload the list of all birds seen/heard. This can be repeated as often as you like over the four days of the event, from one or many locations separately. Last year, nearly 1,000 birders from across India uploaded 7,000 lists, documenting 735 species. Globally, over 100 countries took part. More information about GBBC-India is here:

If you live or work at a campus of any sort (educational, institutional, etc), you might be interested in an associated event called the Campus Bird Count (same dates as above), aimed at documenting birds on campuses across the country. Last year, 87 campuses took part, documenting 414 species just from within their boundaries! For more:

Do join, and help spread the word among your birding friends!

Three “Transformative Knowledge Networks”will be funded as part of the innovative Transformations to Sustainability Programme, the International Social Science Council (ISSC) announced today. The programme aims to harness the potential of the social sciences to contribute to solving some of the world’s most urgent sustainability challenges by means of a better understanding of the processes of social transformation. 

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