On environmental journalism
Haven't read anything on green or environment protection? 'The Green Pen: Environmental Journalism in India and South Asia' is perfect book for you. The book is written by renowned environmental journalists Keya Acharya and Fredrick Noronha.
It is a collection of lot of write-ups by famous Environmental Journalists in India and South Asia including Late Anil Agarwal, Ardeshir Cowasjee, Ahmed Nafiz, Dionne Bunshe, Sunita Narain, Kalpana Sharma, Sahana Singh, Kunda Dixit, Richard Mahapatra, Nirmal Ghosh, Nalaka Gunawardene, Max Martin, Keya Acharya and Frederick Noronha which is a mirror of the changing nature of global media in the region and the dilemmas facing environmental journalists writing on this issue. Apart from essays from India, there are also brie fcontributions from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and the Maldives.
The book indicates to the readers that Global Environment is so much important and serious subject matter than the media actually looks at it. The book is arranged by ten parts including 35 essays reflecting the realities and experiences in environmental reporting, science, health and environment, wildlife journalism, water and sanitation, reporting on disasters, gender and environment etc. in South Asia. The dilemmas faced by environmental journalists in writing on a subject prove that it is a new entrant to the field of journalism.
An essay by Dionne Bunshe, in which she writes, “almost every news story has an environmental outlook, because every human step has an ecological impact”. All the essays strongly represent that the media has not focused much on the issue of water, which is something necessary for the existence of human life.
Sahana Singh points out that it is essential to Handle Water Woes with the same Urgency as a War.
The book is published by Sage Publications and this is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia, and is a must read for environmental journalists and environmentalists. Interested readers can collect the paperback from SAGE, Amazon or Flipkart. Besides the electronic version is available at Ebooks.com. I think it provides an important yardstick for journalism in the region and a perfect resource for the future evolution of environmental journalism.
Nasimul Islam is University Correspondent, Eduvista,
The Daily Observer