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  • Blog: All You Should Know About That Big Climate Meet, COP 24
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    We are living on the borrowed future of coming generations and the poorest of our poor. Perhaps COP 24 could be the first step forward in changing this.
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  • Blog: The Killing Of An American Missionary By Andaman Tribe
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    It is essential to recognise not just the right but the need to leave indigenous people alone, to not literally invade their space. Let us stick to boundaries and respect them.
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  • Blog: With New Tiger Death, Odisha Proves It Has Learnt Nothing
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    Three days ago, the Odisha Forest department announced that the three-year-old tiger brought all the way to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve from the Kanha national park in Madhya Pradesh, a distance of 600 kms, had died three months after completing the journey. The tiger designated as T1 was publicly known as Mahaveer.
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  • Blog: Tigress Avni Shot Dead, Many Unanswered Questions
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    The death of a tigress in her prime is always a tragedy, no matter the circumstances that surround it. T1, popularly known as Avni, was shot dead at 11.35 pm on Friday night. In the bigger picture, as I wrote earlier ((hyperlink to earlier piece)), T1 shot or captured alive was dead to conservation goals the day she was marked for removal from the ...
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  • Blog: The Shocking, Tragic Deaths Of 13 Gir Lions
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    Lion fights are messy and injuries to their bodies would be immediately obvious. So it begs the question of why there are no definitive answers for the deaths when infighting is the main explanation given by the forest department. The department has admitted to the presence of an infection in the liver and lungs of some of the lions in their press ...
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  • Blog: What The Thai Boys' Rescue Says About All Of Us
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    And what we have found, if we can just hold onto it, is that part of us that works with community, the part that puts someone else ahead of ourselves, the part that gives while asking nothing in return. It can change the world in the doing.
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  • Blog: Why Delhi Will Have No Water At All In 2020
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    This is not the moment to not know what we have lost till it's gone. This is the moment to do something.
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  • Blog: When A Whale Dies From Eating Plastic Bags
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    When we go on our wonderful, relaxing beach holidays,enjoying the sheer wonder of being near the ocean, do we imagine the reality of everything that is happening below her surface?
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  • Blog: Salman Khan's Conviction Is A Victory To Be Proud Of
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    For a lot of us who have been involved in some capacity in the wildlife and conservation scenario in India, Salman Khan's conviction came as a victory. Why? Because poaching is a heinous crime and whoever commits the offence should be tried and charged under the full extent of the law. Over the years, a lack of concern over poaching, low rates of c...
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  • Blog: Cape Town's Water Runs Out On April 16. How We're Coping Now
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    If Capetonians can grit their teeth and follow the water restriction plans, perhaps Ground Zero will be held off, but it is time for us to realize that we are dealing with the most precious resource and that some amount of restrictions are going to be the new normal. We can never go back to being careless people who leave our taps running.
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  • Blog: You And I, We're Both Responsible For This Photo
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    Of course, we react emotionally to this photograph. But there is a bigger picture beyond this photo and the interpretations in the international media; the picture it forms for people around the world is in my mind not the whole truth.
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  • Blog: At 11 Tonight, The Dinosaurs Arrived. Look What We Did
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    So for one hour tonight, at 8.30, people are asked to turn off their lights. It's Earth Hour, and in the last ten years, this initiative by the WWF is perhaps the world's largest environment event encompassing 7,000 towns and cities and millions of people. The initiative was started as an awareness campaign on climate change. While that is still th...
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  • Blog: What It Means To Declare River Ganga A Being With Legal Rights
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    In an evocative order, the Uttarakhand High Court has declared the rivers Ganga and the Yamuna, "legal and living entities, having the status of a legal person with all corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person". This means now the Ganga and Yamuna can represent themselves in court over any violation they face.The judges said ...
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  • Blog: Prayers In Maharashtra For Jai, Stunning Tiger Gone Missing
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    Thanks to him, Umred forests have a future and new tigers who will continue to spread his remarkable genetic legacy, the only true way any living creature ever lives on forever.
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  • Blog: Congratulations To Us, We're More Destructive Than An Asteroid
    Swati Thiyagarajan
    We are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. Species are dying out faster than ever before.
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