This month newsletter brings you an excerpt from the first E.F.Schumacher lecture by alternative economist James Robertson. He feels that sustainable development should be a pro-active way of life rather than reactive 'after' response to the ecological crisis that we make. He states: …There is a system here that has to be changed. The need is for systemic change, not just for disconnected changes in one part of the economic system or another. Read a larger excerpt from the lecture in the newsletter.

In this newsletter Lester Brown, leading environmental thinker, speaks of the coming of a 'perfect storm'. Only this storm is more man-made than natural. And he predicts that this storm is coming faster than we have been expecting. Lester Brown asks "A lily pond has one leaf in it the first day, two the second day, four the third, and the number of leaves continues to double each day. If the pond fills on the thirtieth day, when is it half full?" The answer is as surprising and frightening as the prediction Brown makes. Read about it in our newsletter.

This month we sensitized the rural communities to their own resources and hidden knowledge treasure which is fast becoming endangered and this is an effort from VK-nardep to save these traditional knowledge of healing and herbs from extinction. Learn about this and other activities this month.

Two hearts beat green! One from Bihar and another from Kanyakumari! Solomon Ashok a farmer from Kanyakumari responds to Akhilesh from Bihar on his Azolla project. Here we share this wonderful correspondence with you and also a glimpse of Solomon's roof top filled with Azolla beds. Read this exciting exchange of experiences on green technology.

Mystics may not need science and science need not certify mysticism. But humanity needs both. Tagore, a mystic at heart and a poet has a dialogue with Albert Einstein who is a scientist and a great human. Here in this month newsletter we provide an excerpt from that conversation.

Aesthetics is an important component for any technology if it needs to be disseminated in the society. This is more true of sustainable technologies. This month we see how beauty can be an aid in the dissemination of cost-effective construction technology.

In Indian mythology Bhagiratha brought Ganga to the earth after severe obstacles. He has become the archetype of persistent human effort for the welfare of all existence. We present the real story of a modern day Bhagiratha, a student hero who brought Azolla backyard cultivation technology from Kanyakumari to the homesteads of the marginal livestock farmers of Bihar.

We also have some interesting happenings in VK-nardep including a lively demo with a live snake for the conference of traditional venom-treating physicians. We also have wisdom from the words of Masanobu Fukuoka, Pondicherry Mother and quantum physicist Fred Alan Wolf.

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This month we bring you a wonderful treasure-chest of eco-philosophies and actions. We have Gregory Bateson talking about connectedness. He asks: What thoughts can I share regarding the total biological world in which we live and have our being? How is it put together? ... What is the pattern which connects all the living creatures? Its an important question and Bateson feels that Most of us have lost that sense of unity of biosphere and humanity which would bind and reassure us all -with an affirmation of beauty.


Gaia - or Mother Earth : How to understand the feeling of belonging to one earth? Not as an intellectual exercise but as a part of our very being and existence? Just read this quote As you experience this dynamic, ever-shifting reality, you may suddenly find yourself in a state of meditation, a state in which you lose your sense of separate identity, and become totally engrossed in the life process being contemplated. A mystic? No. This is from a computational scientist, Stephen Harding, who is working with James Lovelock on Gaia systems approach. In an excerpt we have published, he explains how our biology curriculum should make the children tune in with the heart pulse of the planetary organism.


Dear all,

Though it has been our policy to publish the newsletter in the first two weeks of the month, some important activities in our institution delayed the publishing of March Newsletter. We regret the delay.


In this newsletter read Karma Ura explaining what is Gross National Happiness. He states:

Like the concept of justice, happiness is a public good, and although it is experienced subjectively, happiness is influenced by a frame of reference.

Find out more about Gross National Happiness...