Keynotes W@tskills-India 2021

Keynotes W@tskills-India 2021

During coming W@tskills event in India (2-13 January), a leader in Water / Climate Adaptation will have a keynote presentation for the 30 participants. The guests will inspire the participants, coaches and involved experts with their ideas, experiences and pictures to the future. All keynotes will be online starting 13.45 India Time / 9.15 Europe Time.

  • 5 January 2021: Supratim Bhattacharjee (Environmental Photographer from India), see below some of his pictures. Supratim will talk about his prizewinning projects: Sinking Sundarbans and The Curse of Coal
  • 6 January: Durk Krol – Water Europe (Maning Director Water Europe, the network for water organisations in Europe from Brussels)
  • 7 January 2021: Kartikeya Sarabhai (Founding Director of Centre of Environment Education in Ahmedabad, India)
  • 8 January: Ap Verheggen (Climate Artist from The Netherlands, creator of the SunGlacier). Ap Verheggen will present his SunGlacier project to absorb water from the air with solar energy. He started this project 10 years ago and will discuss the progress.
  • Note: coming days more keynotes speakers will be published

If you want to follow the Keynotes, please send Vipul Patel (vipul.patel@ceeindia.org) and email stating who you are and why you would like to join this keynote.

 

 

Some pictures of Supratim Bhattacharjee below:

August 1, 2019 : A woman is collecting drinking water from a tube well in the time of tidal flood on Mousuni Island.The southern part of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta is a common ground between India and Bangladesh. The Indian delta region stretches around 4000 sq.km approximately. It is covered with the biggest mangrove forest in the world containing 102 swampy islands, out of which only 52 are inhabited by humans. The people here largely depend on the natural resources of the area for their means of livelihood. Global warming is the prime threat to this region. One of the major reasons for this environmental emergency is deforestation. The illiterate, poor and ignorant islanders have vividly cut down bigger trees to collect wood for fuel. They also consider the wood for selling as it is a rich forest product with “Sundari” trees providing the finest variety of wood. Thus, the forest which earlier served as a buffer ground between the wild side of nature and life now has made the soil susceptible to water attacks. As the terror of the environment continues to rage in the form of devastating floods, intense storms, and torrential rains, this land is getting more prone to disaster. The increase in the level of erosion has added to the situation. Sundarbans is seeing 3.14 mm rise in sea levels every year. As the rise in sea levels increases, the salinity in water degrades soil quality causing reduced crop yield and food crisis. Drinking water is also getting increasing obscure here. Additionally, water has already devoured parts of Mousuni and Ghoramara Island. Predictions are saying that a large portion of Sundarbans’ island will get submerged in the coming years.

 

May 26, 2020 : Villagers work hard to repair the river embankments of Sundarbans Haldergheri village after the cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc and damaged the embankment.The southern part of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta is a common ground between India and Bangladesh. The Indian delta region stretches around 4000 sq.km approximately. It is covered with the biggest mangrove forest in the world containing 102 swampy islands, out of which only 52 are inhabited by humans. The people here largely depend on the natural resources of the area for their means of livelihood. Global warming is the prime threat to this region. One of the major reasons for this environmental emergency is deforestation. The illiterate, poor and ignorant islanders have vividly cut down bigger trees to collect wood for fuel. They also consider the wood for selling as it is a rich forest product with “Sundari” trees providing the finest variety of wood. Thus, the forest which earlier served as a buffer ground between the wild side of nature and life now has made the soil susceptible to water attacks. As the terror of the environment continues to rage in the form of devastating floods, intense storms, and torrential rains, this land is getting more prone to disaster. The increase in the level of erosion has added to the situation. Sundarbans is seeing 3.14 mm rise in sea levels every year. As the rise in sea levels increases, the salinity in water degrades soil quality causing reduced crop yield and food crisis. Drinking water is also getting increasing obscure here. Additionally, water has already devoured parts of Mousuni and Ghoramara Island. Predictions are saying that a large portion of Sundarbans’ island will get submerged in the coming years.

 

August 18, 2020 : Tidal waves on Namkhana Island have flooded a house. This house was later on found damaged due to the violent waves lashing against its walls.The southern part of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta is a common ground between India and Bangladesh. The Indian delta region stretches around 4000 sq.km approximately. It is covered with the biggest mangrove forest in the world containing 102 swampy islands, out of which only 52 are inhabited by humans. The people here largely depend on the natural resources of the area for their means of livelihood. Global warming is the prime threat to this region. One of the major reasons for this environmental emergency is deforestation. The illiterate, poor and ignorant islanders have vividly cut down bigger trees to collect wood for fuel. They also consider the wood for selling as it is a rich forest product with “Sundari” trees providing the finest variety of wood. Thus, the forest which earlier served as a buffer ground between the wild side of nature and life now has made the soil susceptible to water attacks. As the terror of the environment continues to rage in the form of devastating floods, intense storms, and torrential rains, this land is getting more prone to disaster. The increase in the level of erosion has added to the situation. Sundarbans is seeing 3.14 mm rise in sea levels every year. As the rise in sea levels increases, the salinity in water degrades soil quality causing reduced crop yield and food crisis. Drinking water is also getting increasing obscure here. Additionally, water has already devoured parts of Mousuni and Ghoramara Island. Predictions are saying that a large portion of Sundarbans’ island will get submerged in the coming years.

 

July 15, 2015 : Rice seeds are being sown in Sajtelia of Sundarbans. Delayed rains and repeated cyclones have reduced agricultural opportunities on the island.The southern part of Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta is a common ground between India and Bangladesh. The Indian delta region stretches around 4000 sq.km approximately. It is covered with the biggest mangrove forest in the world containing 102 swampy islands, out of which only 52 are inhabited by humans. The people here largely depend on the natural resources of the area for their means of livelihood. Global warming is the prime threat to this region. One of the major reasons for this environmental emergency is deforestation. The illiterate, poor and ignorant islanders have vividly cut down bigger trees to collect wood for fuel. They also consider the wood for selling as it is a rich forest product with “Sundari” trees providing the finest variety of wood. Thus, the forest which earlier served as a buffer ground between the wild side of nature and life now has made the soil susceptible to water attacks. As the terror of the environment continues to rage in the form of devastating floods, intense storms, and torrential rains, this land is getting more prone to disaster. The increase in the level of erosion has added to the situation. Sundarbans is seeing 3.14 mm rise in sea levels every year. As the rise in sea levels increases, the salinity in water degrades soil quality causing reduced crop yield and food crisis. Drinking water is also getting increasing obscure here. Additionally, water has already devoured parts of Mousuni and Ghoramara Island. Predictions are saying that a large portion of Sundarbans’ island will get submerged in the coming years.

 

August 22, 2019 : An illegal coal miner bathing with canal water after completion of the day’s work. Jharkhand’s Jharia remains the most important coal mine of India. With its largest reserves mining has become a source of income for the poor local villagers. They are so poor that their children suffer from malnutrition. In spite of that they are forced to send their little ones to work in the dangerous mine which is a common ground for underground fires, suspension of poisonous gases, and pollution, etc. Additionally, illegal mining activities have made their conditions even worse. The poor villagers are forced to sell their child to the coal mining mafias. With every passing day, the sufferings of the poor lot are worsening. More and more of the village population are getting associated with this illegal mining for less than 2 USD even after knowing the risks to their life.

 

October 28, 2017 : In Jharia’s coal mine area, many families and their kids are involved in illegal coal mining. This way, they earn approximately 2 USD every day. These families are so poor that they are totally controlled by the mafias and are forced to work in the toxic and risky environment of the coal mine in Jharia, Dhanbad, India. Jharkhand’s Jharia remains the most important coal mine of India. With its largest reserves mining has become a source of income for the poor local villagers. They are so poor that their children suffer from malnutrition. In spite of that they are forced to send their little ones to work in the dangerous mine which is a common ground for underground fires, suspension of poisonous gases, and pollution, etc. Additionally, illegal mining activities have made their conditions even worse. The poor villagers are forced to sell their child to the coal mining mafias. With every passing day, the sufferings of the poor lot are worsening. More and more of the village population are getting associated with this illegal mining for less than 2 USD even after knowing the risks to their life.

Johan Oost

Managing Director Wetskills Foundation