India has emerged as a decisive environmental, social, economic and political power. Earth Day Network’s India Program, headquartered in Kolkata, is engaging partners to build and enhance the region’s civic mobilization and leadership in the environmental movement.
May 13, 2013
With 1.2 billion people and 3.28 million kilometers of land, India is a subcontinent of massive proportions. And across the country, the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are readily seen.
Once lush forests have now been reduced to insignificant levels; intense smog and pollution are a part of daily life in cities; piles of garbage can be seen everywhere; underground water tables have been reduced; temperatures in the summer are soaring beyond average highs, and other seasons are experiencing more extreme weather events; and rising sea waters have eroded coastal lands and even submerged islands. This is indeed a dismal picture.