Environmental Action

Kalpavriksh, the enviromental action group based in Pune, live up to their name and their ethos. Their essential philosophy is simple enough: a country can develop meaningfully only when ecological sustainability and social equity are guaranteed, and a sense of respect for, and oneness with nature, and fellow humans is achieved.

Forests Alive! is the CD of a "Handbook for educators and teachers on the lives of the Soliga tribal community who live within the Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. The CD also includes information pertaining to the BRT sanctuary and the wildlife within it. Generously illustrated with drawings, maps, and colour foldouts, the CD also contains descriptions of over 175 activities. Educational aids like posters, flash cards and game cards specific to the BR Hills have also been developed. The entire package can be used as part of an EE programme for students from Classes 1 to 10. It can be adapted for non-formal learning programmes as well. The book will also be of interest to teachers, environment educators, the Forest Department, wildlife tourists, NGOs and concerned individuals. While the content is set in the BR Hills, it can serve as a useful tool for other areas, as much of what it contains can either be used directly or modified."

Since there is so little by way of instruction or information in this very vital area, this CD is a most welcome addition to our For Children section. The authors are Sujatha Padmanabhan, Sunita Rao and Yashodhara Kundaji. We hope that many schools will see this as a way to convert the (usually dull) EVS periods into more participatory activities. We need more activists, especially with regard to the environment!

For Kannada readers, Nagesh Hegde has translated the book and Navakarnataka have produced it as Vana Sanjeevana. Write in to us for information as to how to get either of these. Forests Alive! comes for Rs 150 in India ($15 outside the country) and Vana Sanjeevana for Rs 275.