For over three decades, the Centre for Science and Environment has used the tools of research and communication to influence a wide body of opinion as part of its mandate to construct an equitable and sustainable development model.
From its perch in Delhi, CSE has worked India’s democracy in an effort to reverse the degradation of land, water and forest resources. We believe that the issues of land acquisition for industry, the preservation of forests for people, access to water as a resource for all, and empowering on-ground communities to take decisions on who gets to builds what where, are all umbilically linked.
CSE continues to believe that the answers remain in reinventing the current growth model so that we can leapfrog technology choices and find new ways of building wealth that will not cost us the earth.Our knowledge-based activism, which began by providing basic information on the state of India’s environment in 1982,
Building knowledge and capacity in professionals to change practice for a sustainable World today extends to a diverse advocacy programme that, we hope, will lead to a better quality of life for all citizens.
From food safety to hazardous waste management, from green rating of the steel sector to conducting environment impact assessments, from keeping a sharp eye on the play of climate change negotiations to publishing Down to Earth, the science and environment fortnightly, CSE’s pugmarks are everywhere.
All our work is underpinned by one fundamental principle – sharing of our research-based knowledge. And, to share systematically, we have started a range of training and capacity building programmes. Many of these are designed especially for mid-career professionals because we find that the current method and practice of resource management needs to be changed for sustainability and inclusive growth.
And, even as we work with educational institutions to build a new generation of professionals, there is a desperate need to do things differently today. This requires building a new understanding of the challenges, but also of the approaches and solutions that can be practiced in our world today.
In 2012, we trained over 2,000 persons in the areas of environmental regulation and impact assessment, decentralised approach to water sustainability, urban water management, domestic waste water treatment and re-use, managing urban air quality, how to build green buildings, informed advocacy, a robust green schools and the management of hazardous waste.