Observing World Fisheries Day with Dakshin Foundation

Fisheries play a vital role in providing food and livelihood security to millions in India, especially through small-scale fisheries. Today, World Fisheries Day,  traces its roots to the small-scale fishworker movement and the birth of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples in 1997. At a time when the sector faces a multitude of challenges, including […]

Himanadī tāla – October newsdigest from Rainmatter Foundation

हिमनदी ताल (Himanadī tāla, Nepali; Glacial lake) Greetings! Mountainscapes can be otherworldly – the weather is unpredictable and one never knows what the next bend might lead to: a valley, a stream, a forest or a wall of rocky cliffs. The higher one goes, the more magnificent the mysteries: snowy mountains host glaciers, which give […]

Harit Kraanti – September news digest from the Rainmatter Foundation

हरित क्रांति (Hindi: Harit Kraanti; Green Revolution)  From 10-minute deliveries to social media timelines, food has become a ubiquitous element of our lives. We are able to access food so easily and with so much abundance that most of us fail to realise how much we take it for granted – an average Indian household […]

Dukāḷa – August news digest from the Rainmatter Foundation

દુકાળ (Gujarati: Dukāḷa; drought) The month of August has been furiously extreme. Incessant rainfall in the Himalayas had the rivers flowing in spate. Buildings and bridges washed away in water and dozens of landslides morphed local maps. Hydropower dams opened their floodgates, without warning, flooding villages and towns downstream. We have on our hands much […]

E-City’s inspiring ‘waste’ story

Waste is not easy Waste is not an easy subject to deal with. It’s hardly pleasant either. We know. We agree. Conversations ranging from the lack of infrastructure and the subsequent mismanagement of waste to upcoming innovative circular solutions and everything in between; and of course its impacts and intersections with the larger climate puzzle […]

Guntā guṇṭ – July news digest from the Rainmatter Foundation

गुंतागुंत (Marathi: Guntā guṇṭī; entanglement) It’s been a while… The jumbled forces that move our world and interconnected systems are beginning to unravel our tangled lives. The summer of 2023 has brought heatwaves, wildfires, floods and landslides. After the hottest June on record, July turned out to be the hottest month in at least 120,000 […]

A case for Zero-Waste

In June, we initiated the Walking Lightly campaign, with people from all walks of life joining us in rethinking our relationship with our planet and how we could walk on it more mindfully and respectfully. It gave us the opportunity to delve into the stories of so many ordinary people doing extraordinary and valuable work […]

Civis: As a citizen, you can help create climate laws

Rainmatter partner Civis recently launched the Climate Voices handbook. The foundation had supported Civis to create, publish and disseminate the handbook, that would be a how-to guide on environmental public consultation. Here is Civis’ story, their endeavour to make the voices of common people heard in environmental regulation through pre-legislative public consultation, and the relevance of […]

Remembering Shashank: A Comrade in Conservation

His generous smile went with him everywhere.  I recall meeting Shashank Srinivasan the first time. I had reached out to him to learn about Technology for Wildlife Foundation’s efforts in an attempt to explore conservation-related opportunities. I had not expected that the founder of a niche organisation would have time to spare but Shashank was […]

On Earth Day, connecting the dots…

I would’ve been about 16 or 17 when I came across Gavin Aung’s comic strip illustrating potentially the most famous excerpt from Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. To paraphrase, all of our pasts and futures, dreams and losses, wars and loves have taken shape on what is a mere speck in the gigantic scheme of […]

The hands that dehusk the grain

From harvesting to sorting, our crops undergo a lot of change before reaching us as food. A lack of mechanisation at the farm level means much of this work is done manually Farm-to-fork is a marvellous idea.  What’s not to like about cultivating one’s own food and having a stable supply of fresh, healthy and […]

Biome Environmental Trust: Reclaiming vanishing waters

When the landscape of a city changes over time, when there is more demanded of it every day than it can provide, we risk reducing our natural environment to a mere reserve. How much of a thought can we spare it then? What happens to something that no longer holds our attention? We stop noticing […]

Rainmatter on the Road: A ‘sense of the house’ in Jharkhand

Below is Vikas’ account as he travels to three regions in Jharkhand and asks residents about their relationship to their ‘home’, pokes at the changing aspirations of rural India, and wonders if a transition from interventions to responses might be more meaningful.  Indian villages are a treasure-trove of resources, cultures and skills, traditionally passed down […]

Nature Conservation Foundation: Redefining conservation in a changing world

The climate crisis manifests differently across different regions. Its impact on varying wildscapes and species can take any form ranging from glacial melt in the snowy Ladakh, to the bleaching of corals along the coasts of India. That being the case, every region would have to ask its own questions, and explore its own unique […]

Turning two on a planetary timescale

  Two years is but a blip in the history of our planet. The Rainmatter Foundation is past the two-year mark. That day came and went, and we were unsure if we ought to make an announcement or do something special. “What’s there to celebrate? An entire Himalayan town has been sinking, there’s been only […]

Anāja – News digest for October 2022

ਅਨਾਜ Anāja; Punjabi (Cereal/grain) Photos: Nandhu Kumar/Unsplash We are passing through a period of transition. As the Southwest monsoon takes leave from the Indian subcontinent, the kharif harvest sets in. The crop, especially rice, is associated with abundance. India is estimated to have produced a record 127.93 million tonnes of rice in 2021-22. That it […]

Shaharee paaristhitikee – News digest for September 2022

शहरी पारिस्थितिकी (Shaharee paaristhitikee, Hindi) Urban ecology Rainbow Drive layout in Bangalore was one of the flood-affected areas this August and September. Photo by KP Singh via Citizen Matters Water has been the cornerstone of civilization. Cities have sprawled themselves into existence along river banks and sea coasts for thousands of years. Over time, we’ve […]