January 2018 – Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group

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The donation of January 2018 goes to:

Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group - logoChintan Environmental Research and Action Group

Chintan was established in December 1999 as a means of addressing issues of sustainable consumption and environmental and social justice. It soon attracted others who wished to create and promote strategies that secured environmental and social justice in a rapidly transforming India.

Chintan believes that it is increasingly critical to work directly with the poor and marginal communities in India and form new kinds of partnerships to move them closer to their vision of an environmentally and socially just world. Their grassroots experience informs all of their work, right up to advocating for better policy at the state and central level. Their work is also informed by several other ongoing dialogues – the Millennium Development Goals, several international conventions, such as the Stockholm Convention, the Kyoto Protocol, the Convention of the Rights of the Child and The Rio Declaration of 1992, which they re-envision in our specific context.

India, along with most of the developing world, is undergoing an extraordinary transformation, driven by both globalization and urbanization. Despite its role as a key player in world affairs, India is home to 300 million people who live on less than a dollar a day. A special characteristic of the urban Indian dynamic is the informal sector that provides essential services that run the city. Given that waste, along with water and energy, are the vital markers of urban viability, Chintan used this as an entry point into the arena of sustainability. They, therefore, work with hundreds of thousands of informal sector waste-recyclers: waste pickers, waste buyers and waste reprocessors. These ultimately carry the burden of providing critical recycling services to major cities in India, where consumption generates tons of waste every day.

[donation made via Give to Asia]

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