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200 Days

The Government have completed just 200 days in office. The decisions taken during this short period of time are not only innovative but also visionary.

The Government decisions have covered almost all important sectors including education, health, industry, IT, social security, agriculture, environment, youth, weaker sections and infrastructure. LDF Government have announced four mega missions which emphasis on people’s participatory approach to tackle issues concerning Housing, Environment and Agriculture, Health and Education. (more…)

Environmental Conservation by Ecorestoration

Mankind has been reshaping Earth’s ecosystems for generations by large-scale conversion of natural habitats, and unsustainable utilization of bio-resources for food, water, timber, fiber, medicine, fuel etc. Globally ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on environment, biological diversity and peoples’ livelihoods. Cities consume 75% of natural resources and produce 50% of global waste accounting for 60- 80% of global GHG emissions. The once pristine natural habitats are being converted to monoculture plantations and about 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost. In the last two centuries, humans have converted 70% of the grassland, 50% of the savannah, 45% of the temperate deciduous forest, and 27% of the tropical forest biome for agriculture. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders recognized that desertification, land degradation and drought, were challenges affecting sustainable development. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals has set a target to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss by 2020”. (more…)

A Mission with Green Vision

The State government has formulated Haritha Keralam Mission with the slogan – Pachayiloode Vrithiyilekku (towards cleanliness through green”) aimed at creating a new Kerala. It is an effort to deal with some of the contemporary challenges the State is facing. The problem of solid and biodegradable waste has become grave to the extent of posing a major threat to the State. The rivers, streams and ponds which used to be abundant in water seems to be crying for water to quench their thirst. Contamination of water sources poses a big threat of the spread of infectious diseases.

Unplanned and haphazard construction activities, exploitation of nature have adversely affected living conditions. Along with toxic vegetables around, the picture of the challenges faced by environment in the State becomes clear. We will not be able to move forward on the path of development without addressing these challenges. (more…)

The Green Perspective

Offlate, frequent droughts, rapid outbreak of communicable diseases, increase in instances of cancer, infertility and birth deformities have been creating headlines in Kerala and it can be attributed to unscientific natural resource management, uncontrolled use of pesticides and improper waste disposal. Reckless waste management and indiscriminate use of pesticides have become reasons for water pollution, toxic elements like cadmium, mercury and arsenic present in batteries, tubelights, pesticides etc are carried into
water bodies by rain water resulting in destruction of useful micro-organisms and living organisms like fish. It is in this backdrop, Government have launched Haritha Keralam mission to undertake scientific and sustainable development activities, for restoration of Kerala’s green canopy and ecological balance by promoting water and soil conservation activities, organic farming and proper waste management. The Water Resource Department has been designated as the nodal department for drinking water and irrigation activities. Agriculture department has been named as the nodal department for supporting organic farming. The Suchitwa Mission under the Local Self Government department shall provide necessary support to the LSGI’s in management of waste. (more…)

Join Hands to Combat Drought, to Save Water, to Save life

The scholarly articles whereby learned environmentalists discussed this issue fall on us like a bolt from the blue because Kerala- ‘God’s own country’- has always been considered as a land of rivers. We might have never thought that water would slowly become a non renewable, scarce resource. It is high time that we realise the importance of utilising this precious resource in the most judicious manner.

In spite of the giant leaps we have made in various fields, Kerala society is still indifferent to conservation of nature, at large. Preservation of water and enrichment of resources were not given its due importance. (more…)

Refilling Rice Bowl

Kerala State Government and Agriculture department are treading on a path of good governance and are achieving laudable targets. Our Government has decided to implement pro-people programmes with dedication, commitment and transparency.

We are glad that it is being done with people’s participation and efficiency. Extensive programmes are being formulated and implemented to give new direction to the State Agriculture department and to give it a new lease of life. As part of it, government has already declared 2016-17 as State paddy year. (more…)

Let us make a Green Kerala

The Haritha Keralam Mission, one of the flagship projects of government of Kerala, has been dedicated to the people. The sole aim of this project is to make A Nava Kerala (A new Kerala). In every local self government body in Kerala, at least one development activity was initiated in areas such as cleanliness, water conservation, agricultural development and environmental protection. Various developmental activities started at schools and other institutions. People from all walks of life, from children to noted people, took part in these activities throughout Kerala.

Our state has been gifted with Nature’s plenty. At the national level, ours is the best human resource power. So is the survival index. (more…)

There is a People’s Alternative

In May 2016, the Left Democratic Front rode on a wave powered by the hopes and aspirations of the people of Kerala to form a new government in the state. Their hopes emanated from the abject disdain they experienced under the previous (more…)

ജനകീയ ബദലിന്റെ നൂറ് ദിനങ്ങള്‍

മനുഷ്യരെല്ലാം ഭേദചിന്തകളില്ലാതെ സമഭാവനയിൽ ഒരുമയോടെ കഴിഞ്ഞിരുന്ന ഒരു കാലത്തിന്റെ ഓർമ പുതുക്കുന്ന ഓണവും, സ്നേഹസാഹോദര്യങ്ങളുടെയും വിശിഷ്ടമായ ത്യാഗത്തിന്റെയും ഓർമകളുണർത്തുന്ന ബക്രീദും വീണ്ടും എത്തിച്ചേർന്നിരിക്കുകയാണ്. (more…)