THE EARTH FOR YOU

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Dis a prod­uct of our pas­sion for change. OWN TO EARTH But it would not have made it to its 23rd an­niver­sary with­out your con­tin­ued com­mit­ment. Our de­sire is to bring you news and per­spec­tives on the state of the en­vi­ron­ment and ex­plain why it needs at­ten­tion. It is clear to us that as we pro­duce each is­sue—this is 552nd edi­tion— the strug­gle for a green, but pros­per­ous, world is get­ting more in­tense, con­tested and dif­fi­cult.It is also clear that if we do not have in­de­pen­dent and cred­i­ble sources of in­for­ma­tion, we can­not even begin to move to­wards res­o­lu­tion. This is your mag­a­zine, lit­er­ally. Down To Earth’s fi­nances are straight­for­ward.We con­tinue to print be­cause you con­tinue to read us; send us an­nual sub­scrip­tions. In this is­sue, we also bring you a new-look Go­bar Times. We hope you like it, as this is our ed­u­ca­tional prod­uct, avail­able only to you—our sub­scribers.

We be­lieve we have a huge un­fin­ished agenda. There is no doubt that the world (and In­dia) has evolved since our first edi­tion in May 1992. En­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues are now part of the main­stream.We read about pol­lu­tion in our cities in news­pa­pers; gov­ern­ments swear to clean up rivers and re­move garbage from our streets.But in this change, our role is even more acute: to ex­am­ine pro­pos­als; to cri­tique ac­tions and to sug­gest ways ahead.Our best work is to learn about who is do­ing what to make a vis­i­ble dif­fer­ence. Our best day is when we hear that our ef­fort to bring the “good news” has been recog­nised. Some­one, some­where has learnt from it, repli­cated it.

In this sea­son of de­spair—when un­sea­sonal rain ,freak storms, hail­storms and the prospect of a fail­ing mon­soon have robbed farm­ers of hope—we make a re­newed vow.We will bring you good and bad news from farms, lab­o­ra­to­ries, fac­to­ries and homes. We will con­tinue to show the way ahead in build­ing a fair, se­cure, live­able and healthy world.It is our duty to hope.It is our duty to you.

Su­nita Narain, Edi­tor

Richard Ma­ha­p­a­tra, Man­ag­ing Edi­tor

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