This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 6: Writing about the Birds and the Bees
Writing about the Birds and the Bees
Some fourteen-odd years ago, during my initial forays into environmental issues in India, I remember, at a seminar, a government officer (though I very conveniently do not remember his name) trying to prove how environmentally aware his department was.
‘We have planted gardens in our premises,’ he had declared with flourish.
I, then naïve and new to the environmental scenario in India, had been both amazed and shocked at his lack of knowledge on what constituted environmental conservation.
A History of Poor Awareness
Some years later, a good 5–7 years later, I remember listening to a courtroom hearing of a case, filed in support of conserving a city park against a government plan for construction on ...