When heading out on an adventure like walking along a river, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery (topographic map prints till very recently) of the area of interest to chart out an informed plan of action. In preparation of our walk along the River Ken, we decided to do the same but couldn’t access a reliable map of the river all the way from source to mouth.
In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story. The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India’ and the idea behind Veditum.
The talk included a few stories I encountered in different states of India while walking along River Ganga and River Ken. These
My first visit to Medhad, Virpur just downstream of the city of Vadodara on the Vishwamitri river sparked the thought of documenting this river that bears the brunt of industrial waste and urban sewage. During the visit to Medhad, I discussed the conditon of the river with locals and made some notes (http://veditum.org/environment/on-the-banks-of-gutter-ganga/).
The idea was to cycle towards the ocean and document stories along the Vishwamitri downstream of Medhad, But for a first time cycler, just 100kms in 3
It’s sad to see a river being called ‘Gutter Ganga’. I’m on the banks of river Vishwamitri, a river which flows through the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. Originating from the Pavagadh hills, Vishwamitri is a small (135km) but an important river, like all natural water bodies. Some 30km downstream from Vadodara, I’m in Medhad, Virpur village where Vijay, a young boy is guiding me to the river bank. There are sign boards warning people about the possibility of crocodiles.
The Pancheshwar dam is proposed to be taller than any dam currently standing on earth. It also happens to be the dam that might impound the still free Mahakali river, the last Himalayan river that still flows free from source to confluence. There have been various reports about the many technical issues with the construction of the dam including the fact that it is unsuitably placed in the highest seismic activity zone.
Emmanuel Theophilus, who has extensively documented the Kali
Call it the Tao of Manimahesh, call it the duality of life; a trek to Manimahesh lake at 4080m is bound to shake a few foundations.
I have been exploring the Himalayan mountain range from the past five years and have ventured out on multiple treks, mostly in the Dhauladhar ranges. Crossing the Dhauladhar and heading over to Manimahesh Peak (5653m) is something I’ve wanted to do but till that happens, I found myself in village Chobia near Chamba.
(Guest blog by Vikram Goel, an Antarctic Glaciologist. He has been studying Antarctica while living in The Arctic for the past 3 years.)
Recently, a very big chunk of ice broke off from an ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula. This iceberg (named A68) is 5,800 sq. km in area and weighs more than 1 trillion tonnes . This event was widely reported across the news media. But there seem to be some differences in the
What is happening?
News reports with updates on the government’s plans to interlink Indian rivers have been surfacing on a daily basis. Most reports however, appear to have given up on the idea of exercising any caution or due diligence. This particular piece was triggered after encountering a bunch of articles published in the Indian media on 1st September 2017. All articles come with the same headline and exactly the same text, seemingly syndicated from a Reuters’ report :
One of the biggest challenges that Mumbai has faced in recent times is the issue of water-logging after heavy rainfall. Following the deluge and standstill of 2005, there were a lot of plans and announcements made by the government, corporations and other institutions, but what has it converted into? We can all see the results today, as we face yet another breakdown. Let’s do a brief check of how things have progressed.
A flooded Mithi during the Mumbai Floods –
This is a guest blog by Nupur Agrawal. She had joined our Moving Upstream project and walked with us for almost 400kms from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh to Gangotri, Uttarakhand along the Ganga as we documented the river.
In the ongoing movement for gender equality, we feel it is imperative that everyone contributes in creating a more open society with equal opportunities for all. We love Nupur for her courage to challenge the status quo and for breaking gender based barriers.