Jul Sep 2016

Jul Sep 2016
Yugaantar - Foundations for an Ecological Age

Yugaantar is a journey we are embarking on, with the faith that many co-travellers will join in and enrich and add to the offerings through the Resource Hub that is also being launched.


To live is to share. Whoever or whatever we are, sharing is inevitable - we at least share the air we breathe, the space we live in, the sources of water we use, the culture we are immersed in and much more.

By consciously sharing we are merely ack-nowledging or owning up our natural selves. By creating spaces to share in, we merely enable those who share our part of the Earth with us to get together, to live naturally, in a world that has often attempted to isolate us from others and from Nature.

Isn’t this time of ecological crises a time for active engagement and opportunity for deep involvement, particularly in the field of education, asks Rema Kumar

The revolutionary founder of SECMOL Sonam Wangchuk shares how he, along with a group of like-minded people, transformed the education system in Ladakh.

I am from Ladakh, and to greet you in Ladakhi, I'll say ‘Juley’. And with Juley you can travel to Ladakh, because Juley means Namaste, it means Goodbye, it means thank you, it means Goodnight. All of it. It’s a very well designed word!

A world where the last white rhinos age in zoos is also a world of war, racism, poverty, and ecocide. It’s impossible for one to exist without the others. All are part of the same unholy matrix, says Charles Eisenstein.

I received the following email from a young woman, a student at an elite law school.

Before we look at foundations for an ecological era, we need to re-visit the seed ideas of our modern civilisation and the Industrial age, says Seetha Ananthasivan.

I don’t really need a quick flick through the rolling news bulletins or my Twitter feed to remind me there are a lot of problems in the world. Conflict here, political repression there. Continuing poverty and economic hardship in poor countries, and the increasing gap between rich and poor. Environmental disasters around the globe, as ‘freak’ weather becomes the new norm in an age of climate change. Natural disasters, such as the recently reported loss of 400 million birds over the last 30 years.

The potter's wheel evokes a sense of mystic bewilderment—the way those deft hands shape delicate smooth wet earth over the spinning wheel, and how the dried earthen pots are then fired at high temperatures to become tough. Some pots store water and some overflow with billowing froth of lentils cooked over slow fire, while other decorative pots are used to make yogurt or filled with syrupy rosogollas. A potter from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, recently explained how potters have “seasons” for the kind of pots they make.

A review of The True Cost, a documentary film that investigates the alarming environmental and social impact of the fashion industry.

Look at the clothes you’re wearing right now.

Picture yourself shopping for them. Try to remember what you were thinking as you weighed whether or not to take those jeans up to the cash register, whether or not to click “add to cart” on those shoes. You may have considered cut, color, cost, comfort. You may have imagined how you’d style your new threads.