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Floating man-made plastisphere could set off another pandemic

Plastic pollution is one of the most prevalent environmental pollutants and a significant driver of climate change and biodiversity loss. But it is not just the cigarette butts and drinks containers littering beaches, turtles suffocating on discarded plastic straws and whale stomachs full of plastic waste. While extremely concerning, these visible impacts are the...
Suyash Keshari

A Millennial Wildlife Presenter Launches a Line of Apparel to Raise Funds for Environmental Projects

Suyash Keshari, a 25-year-old Wildlife Presenter, Filmmaker, and Conservationist, has developed a conservation goods brand that will donate 100% of its revenues to environmental projects. The brand was launched with the aim to raise funds for conservation while also allowing individuals to get involved. The programme will enable everyone to make a difference, actively...
National Youth Day

National Youth Day 2022: Honouring the Young Activists of India

January 12th is celebrated as National Youth Day in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. Vivekanand achieved a lot in his short life, from reviving modern Hinduism to inspiring nationalist consciousness, he served as an inspiration to the youth of the country. On his birth anniversary, let us celebrate three Youth...
children and mental health

How is the pandemic affecting children’s mental health?

Children may have been largely spared the worst physical effects of COVID-19, but it has still upended their lives, and created real concern for their mental health and well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has raised huge concerns for the mental health of an entire generation of children. But the pandemic may represent only the tip...
farmers organisations

How Farmers’ Organisations Can Empower Rural Youth

Youth need to be systematically engaged in remunerative farming, the broader food sector, and farm-related and rural non-food-related activities for the future of farming and food security, rebalancing migration, youth employment (especially in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis) and overall rural development. Farmers' organisations have proven to be critical institutions for the empowerment,...
Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (ACR), IIT Madras, addressing the IIT-M roundtable Meet in Mumbai

IIT Madras actively pursues corporate tie-ups for tech-driven CSR

The potential for science and technology to work in tandem with CSR for the greater cause of nation-building is limitless. Working towards the goal of making tech-driven CSR activities, IIT Madras organized a roundtable meet titled ‘Explore and Grow—CSR Partnerships’ in Mumbai on 16th December 2021. The event focused on the emerging trend within India’s...
Outdoor learning spaces created due to school closures in Shivaji Nagar

Slum walls turned into outdoor learning spaces in Faridabad

Nationwide closure of schools has disrupted the education of children. Physical environment plays an important role in creating an enabling space for children. The pandemic was tough on everyone but children suffered even more. Lockdowns confined children to the four walls of their homes. It took away the only learning and engagement time that they...
school closures

What can be done about repeated school closures?

Schools have closed again due to the exponential rise in COVID-19 infections. While there is no doubt that children's safety is of utmost concern during the third wave, is the education crisis increasing Learning Poverty among kids? In rural Karnataka, for example, the share of grade three students in government schools able to perform...
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all three dimensions of sustainable development

The Impact of Covid-19 on Key SDG Indicators

The pandemic has been a major setback for sustainable development everywhere. There is a very real risk that inequalities will widen greatly between rich and poor countries due to differences in access to vaccines and financing, says The United Nations Sustainable Development Report 2021. The health and economic rationales for a rapid global scaling-up...
Education

Four Trends to Watch Out for in Education in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns in the last two years have changed the education sector in its entirety. Disrupting the conventional offline education, it has opened up new avenues to change and improve the education system by introduction of heavy use of technology in imparting knowledge. With the emergence of a new COVID...
Mumbai

Climate Change may Compel Mumbai to Change its Working Hours: Study

Global warming and climate change have affected the weather if the cities of India significantly. Instances of unseasonal rainfall, floods, droughts and other natural phenomena have been a hindrance to the normal way of life. The air pollution in the capital of India has compelled the shut down of several schools and resort to...
survey giveindia

61% Indians prefer to work for a company that engages meaningfully in CSR, finds survey

There seems to be a heightened social consciousness with 61% of participants in a new Indian survey preferring to work for a company that engages meaningfully in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and 55% believing in purchasing products from socially responsible businesses. Close to 500 individuals from across the country participated in the annual GiveIndia...

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