August 15 is Independence Day in India and we’re reflecting on a very profound notion:
It shall be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures. – The Constitution of India Article 51-A
I’m not just quoting this for aspirational pro-Earth cheering – which I dearly love – but for the souvenir-quality reminder that this was the text on the placemat of the Kamat Lingapur hotel where I stayed in Hyderabad for the biodiversity COP, aka Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Placemat – love it.
I stay in touch with a number of Indian friends and friends of India, and I wonder if there are ways we could upgrade our communication and collaboration when it comes to environmental and cultural conservation.
I scribbled down a few ideas. Here are three slides from India on the Web