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Dear all,

Inviting you all for the third episode in this series with Activist Adv. Nisha Shiurkar on Savitribai’ Phule’s Relevance in Today’s Feminist Movement.

We, at Vikalp Sangam initiated a webinar series named कल से कल की तरफ़ / from yesterday, towards tomorrow, which explores the relevance of ideas, ideals and principles of Indian thought leaders of the yesteryears, and sees live examples of their applications manifesting around us. These will be valuable conversations, especially given the multiple crises India (and the world) are going through right now and attempt to co-create a vision of a collective future.

Date11th January, 2024 (Thursday) 

Time: 05:00 pm IST

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We started this series with celebrated journalist-author and Founder of Ahimsa Conversations, Rajni Bakshi on The Relevance and Applications of Gandhi’s Principles of Non-Violence for Today’s Crises. Watch the episode here:

The second episode was with Indian historian and environmentalist Ramachandra Guha on Gandhi’s Relevance in Today’s Crises. Watch the episode here:

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Hello, and you are all kindly invited to the launch of the new publication 

“Just Transformations: grassroots struggles for alternative futures” 

in which co-authors from Argentina, India, Turkey, Belgium, Canada, Bolivia, England, Venezuela and Lebanon will share the results of the ACKnowl_EJ (Academic and Activist Co-produced Knowledge of Environmental Justice) Project. ACKnowl-EJ was one of the first three Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) international research projects funded by the International Science Council (ISC). 

Edited by Iokiñe Rodriguez, Mariana Walter and Leah temper, with from contributions from a wide variety of co-authors, including Ashish Kothari, Begüm Özkaynak, Ethemcan Turhan, Cem İskender Aydın, Arpita Lulla, Mirna Inturias, Rania Masri,  Lena Weber, Jérôme Pelenc, Meenal Tatpati, Mukesh Shende, Shruti Ajit, Aguilar,  Neema Pathak Broome, Shrishtee Bajpai and Jen Golby among others. 

Date: December 12, 2023 

Time: 12 pm UTC-GMT /12 pm UK/1 pm Spain/ 5.30 pm India/9 am Argentina 

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Translation into Spanish will be available 

The Just Transformations book can be downloaded free here: 

Book Synopsis: 

The climate crisis is the greatest existential threat humanity faces today. The need for a radical societal transformation in the interests of social justice and ecological sustainability has never been greater. But where can we turn to find systemic alternatives?

From India, Turkey and Bolivia, to Venezuela, Canada and Lebanon, Just Transformations looks to local environmental struggles for the answers. With each case study grounded in the social movements and specific politics of the region in question, this volume investigates the role that resistance movements play in bringing about sustainable transformations, the strategies and tools they utilise to overcome barriers, and how academics and grassroots activists can collaborate effectively.

The book provides a toolkit for scholar-activists who want to build transformative visions with communities. Interrogating each case study for valuable lessons, the contributors develop a conceptualisation of a just transformation that focuses on the changes that communities themselves are trying to produce. 

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Two of our books have been translated into Tibetan: ‘Circle of Life’ by Tanya Majmudar and ‘A new home for Ajiri’ by Sandeep Virmani.

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Two Children’s Books ‘Chitty – A Dog and Her Farm’ and ‘The Miracle on Sunderbaag Street’ have been translated and published in Marathi and Hindi by Eklavya.

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A festival celebrating the nutritious wild vegetavles of Bhimashankar to reconnect the link between community and biodiversity health. Join Van Bhojan to celebrate the spirit of the forest; reviving local biodiversity-based cultural activities and festivals and facilitating informal and formal village discussions on these subjects.

On 17 September 2023 at Bhorgiri, Bhimashankar.

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WHEN: Sunday, 13th August 2023 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

WHERE: Kishan Bagh Sand Dune Park, 10 A, Sector 8 Main Road, Vidyadhar Nagar, JAIPUR (See Location)

FOR: Children aged 8-12 years

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9:30 – 9:45Registration
9:45 -10:15Guided nature walk with with naturalist Monal Singh. Learn about sand, rocks, plants and animals of Kishan Bagh!
10:15 – 10:30Book release by chief guest
10:30 – 11:00Book reading and discussion with author and illustrator Shruti Hemani
11:00 – 11:45Creative hand-printing with natural colours
11:45 – 12:00Book signing
Author signed copies available for sale!

Why Are You So Colourful?
Written and Illustrated by Shruti Hemani
Published by Kalpavriksh

About the book
Why is a red munia red? Why does a bullfrog turn yellow? How does a painted stork get its pink colour? Why do some mushrooms glow in the dark? Why do purple sunbirds shine? And why do most mammals come in different shades of brown? This magnificently illustrated book explores the hows and whys of colours in the natural world. More

About the Author/ Illustrator
Shruti is an architect and urban designer with a PhD from IIT, Guwahati. Alongside her professional career in urban design, she continues to follow her interest in illustrating and since the year 2020, she contributes regularly to children’s magazines and picture books.
Shruti is also a keen observer of all forms of life between buildings. In her leisure time, if not wandering the streets of Jaipur observing plants, fungi, insects, birds and people, she may be found hiking in the Aravallis.

About the Publisher
Kalpavriksh is a non-profit organisation working on environmental and social issues since its establishment in 1979. It works at local, national and global levels on environmental awareness, education, campaigns, litigation, research and advocacy particularly related to people’s rights, and communities’ role in biodiversity conservation. See children’s books by Kalpavriksh.

About the Nature Guide
Monal is a naturalist and holds a keen interest to learn the science behind plant behaviour and restoration. She is a molecular biologist by degree and loves to establish the link between textbooks and field!

About Kishan Bagh
Kishan Bagh Sand Dune Park is Jaipur Development Authority’s flagship ecological restoration project. It is a small part of a sprawling set of sand dunes that had come to a standstill at the southwestern foot of Nahargarh, in northern Jaipur city. It was inaugurated by Rajathan’s Chief Minister in December of 2021 and quickly became a popular tourist attraction for Jaipur’s residents.

Seats are limited. All participants who register are requested to come so that no seats are wasted.

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