WHY SHOULD WE INTERROGATE ‘CAUVERY CALLING’

Asian College of Journalism, Chennai and Coalition for Environmental Justice in India welcome your participation in the seminar “Interrogating ‘Cauvery Calling’: Issues of Ecologies, Cultures and Livelihoods”, to be held at The Auditorium, Asian College of Journalism, Taramani, Chennai, on Saturday, the 23rd November, 2019, 9 am to 6 pm.

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WHY SHOULD WE INTERROGATE ‘CAUVERY CALLING’

Planting trees is welcome, but only when it is done where needed, and by choosing appropriate species. Such a programme could create unintended and unforeseen social and ecological consequences. Cauvery water is a critical resource for the four southern states of India. Planting trees in some regions could result in drying up of rivulets and destruction of wildlife habitats. A programme like this must be undertaken with appropriate social action involving constitutionally empowered panchayats. Illegal structures have been built. Insensitive catchment areas of the river as part of ‘CAUVERY CALLING’, disregarding legal notices to stop work.