India is in the midst of Holocene extinction. Extinction as a result of human activity. Each year, over 150 species of plants and animals go extinct. It is now or never!
Through the course of Blogchatter’s Cause A Chatter Environment Talks series, I have been sharing book recommendations on the environment, environmentalism, and environmentalists. Keeping it India specific, I have shared recommendations on natural and environmental history and climate change.
My next series of recommendations are books to help raise environmental awareness. Books ranging from conservation to degradation. From wildlife to marine life. From pollution to global warming.
The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis
by Prerna Singh Bindra
One of my favorite memories of my early childhood is the hordes of fireflies that seemed like magic. They are barely seen around today. Also, have you spotted a sparrow lately that were in abundance earlier? The great Indian bustards and gharials are already close to extinction.
India’s growth story has a massive price to pay. Forests are either encroached or laid waste, endangering their wildlife. In a densely populated country like India, can wild animals and people coexist? The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis by Prerna Singh Bindra explores burning issues that confront wildlife conservation today. A conservationist’s insider’s view of India’s vanishing natural heritage and the crisis India’s wildlife faces. This book is a must-read.
From Soup to Superstar: The Story of Sea Turtle Conservation along the Indian Coast
by Kartik Shanker
While we focus on conserving tigers, elephants, and other large mammals, let us also concentrate on marine conservation. India has a vast coastline and yet very little is written about the marine creatures. And lesser resources allocated to their conservation.
From Soup to Superstar by Kartik Shanker is perhaps the first comprehensive account of marine conservation in India. Focusing primarily on sea turtles that are as much a religious symbol as a source of food. It chronicles the efforts made of the last few decades to protect the sea creature. Peppered with the author’s own experiences, it makes for an interesting read.7 Books to Help Raise Environmental Awareness in India #CauseAChatter #EnvironmentalTalks #BookChatter #MyFriendAlexa @blogchatter #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story
by Pankaj Sekhsaria
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are perhaps the least discussed when it comes to conservation, as is with everything else. Made up of over 550 islands and isolated for over a millennium, this beautiful and fragile island chain needs more attention than ever more.
Islands in Flux: The Andaman and Nicobar Story by Pankaj Sekhsaria is a compilation of essays on key issues ranging from environment, wildlife conservation, development to the indigenous communities. Although it does get repetitive at times, consider it an encyclopedia on its history, geology, and ecology.
Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development
by Vandana Shiva
When one thinks of environmentalism and particularly environmentalists, the very first name that comes to mind is Vandana Shiva. An award-winning environmentalist, scholar, eco-feminist, and anti-globalization author, she has written over 20 books. It is difficult to zero in on just one book. But the one book that you must read is Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development.
The book is inspired by women’s struggles for the protection of nature. Think Chipko Movement. It elaborates how women’s attempts in sustaining the ecology are often overlooked. Although the book is criticized for its nature vs culture debate, it is a must-read.
by Bahar Dutt
Is constructing an airport in rural Uttar Pradesh more important than conserving the shrinking habitat of the sarus cranes? Is a much-needed hydro power project more important or saving the pristine forests? Why should development always be in conflict with the environment?
Green Wars by Bahar Dutt explores the tension between a developing economy and saving the planet. From Arunachal Pradesh to Goa to Gangotri, from illegal mining to climate change, it is an unflinching look at the impact of development on wildlife.
The Great Smog of India
by Siddharth Singh
Every winter, smog descends over Northern India posing a serious health risk. Raising the AQI levels to almost 800. So much so that emergency health advisories are issued forbidding people from stepping out. Although the primary cause is India’s dependency on burning coal for energy production, Diwali fireworks and “stubble” burning also contribute to the smog.
The Great Smog of India by Siddharth Singh discusses the what, why, and how of air pollution in general and smog in particular. Primarily focusing on New Delhi, it also explores the scientific, historic, and economic reasons or practices that contribute to it.
Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats
by Viju B.
Spanning 1600 kilometres and six states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat), the Western Ghats were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. But they continue to be vulnerable to ecological damage. Large-scale mining, quarrying, deforestation, and mismanagement have continued to damage the fine ecological balance. Unfortunately, very few people know about it.
Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats by Viju B. is a result of the large-scale destruction caused as the monsoon wreaked havoc in Kerala in 2018. It explores the alarming scale of ecological destruction and political apathy.
I hope these books help you on the journey of environmental awareness. Stay tuned as I would be sharing more recommendations on a range of topics under Environmental Talks. Do you have a recommendation on similar books? I would love to check them out. Do share in the comments below.7 Books to Help Raise Environmental Awareness in India #CauseAChatter @cindyanndsilva @nooranand @deygaorganics #BlogaberryDazzle #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
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