With stories and puppets, environmentalist battles to save Indonesia’s mangroves

Samsudin, 50, plants mangrove trees with local children at Tiris beach in Pabeanilir village, Indramayu regency, West Java province, Indonesia, March 11, 2021. REUTERS

A former school teacher, Samsudin has now dedicated his life to conservation and uses puppetry and storytelling to spread his message to the young about the importance of protecting mangroves in an area suffering massive coastal erosion. “To keep tides from hitting us, we plant mangroves, forests for animals and oxygen for us to live. […]

A proposed law that may save the coastal ecosystem

It is encouraging that the state minister for shipping has placed “The Mongla Port Authority Bill-2021” in the parliament, which in turn has been sent to the parliamentary standing committee on shipping for further scrutiny. We welcome this much-needed initiative by the government, as it shows its intention to punish those who are responsible for […]

Save the rivers from extinction

Save the rivers from extinction

Bangladesh is called a riverine country. But how long the country will be able to hold the status of being so is the question of the day. From time immemorial the rivers have been contributing significantly to our lives and livelihoods. Our life is directly or indirectly dependent on the rivers surrounding us. Can we […]

Why India’s farmers fight to save a broken system

Jaswinder Singh Gill at his home in Amritsar, India, on Feb. 25, 2021. Gill had plowed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot, but new laws could make the farm virtually unsustainable. (Rebecca Conway/The New York Times)

Jaswinder Singh Gill had ploughed 20 years of savings from an earlier career as a mechanical engineer into his family’s nearly 40-acre plot in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, just a dozen miles from the border with Pakistan. He has eked rice out of the sandy, loamy soil with the help of generous government […]

Norwich residents rally to save dairy farm owned by Vermont Technical College

Norwich residents rally to save dairy farm owned by Vermont Technical College

Farmers Chris Gray, left, and Laura Brown in one of the empty cow barns at the Norwich Farm Creamery in Norwich on Monday, March 15, 2021. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger NORWICH — About 100 people are pledging money to buy a dairy farm here before Vermont Technical College sells it to the highest bidder.  The […]

Sundarbans: Let’s save our best friend

Sundarbans: Let

The Sundarbans plays a motherly role in protecting Bangladesh from natural disasters. The Sundarbans has become essential to our lives for a variety of reasons. The Sundarbans is the largest delta in the world and one of the longest saline wetlands and a very important ecosystem rich in biodiversity. Its area in Bangladesh is 6,017 sq […]

Egypt’s farmers tap new technology to save water and boost crops

A farmer passes with his cart at a wheat field in El-Dakahlya governorate, Egypt Feb 7, 2021. REUTERS

Essa, 36, would often end up either using too much water on her 2-feddan (2-acre) plot outside Samalout city or hiring another farmer to take over the irrigation duties, she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Then, in December last year, the mother of four joined a new government project that uses sensors to allow her […]

Bangladesh approves Tk 1.5bn project to save Sundarbans

Bangladesh approves Tk 1.5bn project to save Sundarbans

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council or ECNEC cleared The Sundarbans Conservation Project to protect the world’s largest mangrove forest in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. The objectives of the project include skills development of forest officials, modernisation of communication system and creation of a suitable working atmosphere, said […]

Climate change: Hasina seeks decisive global action to save planet

Climate change: Hasina seeks decisive global action to save planet

Investor group managing more than $16 trillion launched the world’s first step-by-step plan to help pension funds & others align their portfolios with Paris Agreement goals Twitter ‘Though Bangladesh has no contribution to global warming, it is one of the most vulnerable countries for its limited coping capacities and specific geographical features’ Prime Minister Sheikh […]