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Challenge of the Balance

Dec. 15, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013 , New Delhi
Challenge of the Balance
Each winter a group of young participants from India and South Asia come together to CSE to be part of the three weeks course Challenge of the Balance. Their area of learnings is varied but they come together to understand and debate on environment and development linkages with climate change.

This year we received about 50 applications of whom, a large number were from South Asia. Final count was 19 participants. A large number could not attend the program because of non availability of VISA. Those who did were an interesting mix – teachers, reporters, students, documentary filmmakers, radio journalists.

The participants saw a large number of films – Mean Sea Level (a film by CSE) and Earth Witness (a film by Akansha Joshi). These are films on climate change and its impact.

Magazine Assignment: The course culminated with the students documenting their travel and study. The magazine and a web documentary produced is the outcome of all the debate and deliberations that have happened in the past one month. This is also an exercise through which they learn to work as a team.

They choose an editor, copy editors, reporters, photographers, web designers, and print designers amongst within the class and worked to produce a magazine and web pages. This year they named the magazine Echo

External ourse faculty
Shankar Gopalakrishnan (Secy., Campaign for Survival & Dignity);

Neha Sinha
, (Bombay Natural History Society);

Sucharita Sen
, (Centre for the Study of Regional Dev., JNU);

Meenakshi Dhote, ( Dept of Environmental Planning, School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi);

Harjeet Singh, (International Climate Justice Coordinator, Action Aid). CSE’s program leads and experts also delivered several lectures.

Feedback
Shalu Agarwal: The course addresses relevant issues and was well framed to bring everyone to a common understanding.

Adnan Faisal: I have gained a lot from the program and it was a great experience.

Shreya Bhatt: I have now had a proper look at the issues rural communities face and how their immediate needs need much more attention than the abstract idea of ‘climate change’.

Subhas Achary: I hope the course will touch upon the global issues of environment, compare South Asia more than only India. Yet the program gave me a new vision to look at the environmental issues.

Krishna Kumar Shah: Earlier, I thought people in rural India are not aware of environmental issues. But I now know I was wrong.

Participants
  • A B M Adnan Faisal
    Staff Reporter, The New Nation
    Apoorva Bhatia
    B E Mech Engg Roorkee
  • Azam Khan
    Reporter at The Express Tribune
    Bhawana Gurung
    Radio Journalist
  • Deep Raj Uprety
    Reporter/ Documentary Director, Aankhijhyal, Audio Visual Department Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists
    H. Daminda Prasada Sumanapala
    Programme Officer, Sri Lanka Australia Natural Resource Management Project (SLANRMP)
  • Krishna Kumar Saha
    Lecturer Dept of Public Administration, Comilla University,Comilla
    Monika Agarwal
    MARAG, Ahmedabad Global Coordinator Nov 2012 Onwards
  • Prabin Pokharel
    News Editior/Presenter at Radio Nepal since 2006
    Razoana Moslam
    LLB; (Hons)Southeast University, Dhaka
  • Saher Baloch
    The News International, Karachi
    Shalu Agarwal  
    Pursuing M.A. in Economics
  • Showvik Das Tamal
    Research on Environmental Protection and Right to Information.
    Shreya Bhat
    M.Sc., Pondicherry University, 2009, Ecology & Environmental Science
  • Subhas Karki
    Masters (1st year Running) in Mass-Communication and journalism
    Subhash Acharya
    MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Tribhuvan University
  • Sumeet Sharma
    Mechanical Engineering (Transmission Design & Development)
    Tariq Mureed
    Daily Dunya
  • Taslima Islam
    M.A in South Asian Studies, 2011July-13 May (doing) UNESCO Madanjeet Singh South Asian Regional Cooperation