January – Environmental Psychology

In the sixth issue of The Kindness, we look at environmental psychology. The ambit of this field is vast and interdisciplinary. Our mental and physical well being is intricately linked with nature. In a human dominated landscape where and how do we find solace, peace and well being ? And how do animals navigate these fractured landscapes? Loaded with thought provoking writing and fabulous illustrations, we bring to you a complex topic in a simple way. 

Our usual trivia, the wisdom at the bottom of every page, the need of the R! At the half year mark of our heart child, are you enjoying the reading as much as we are the creating of it ? Engage at the very offering of this collectible reference periodical. Happy reading.

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Australia’s Christmas Island witnesses annual crab migration

Red crabs leave their homes to mate at sea according to the lunar position. They leave behind eggs and return to the forests. Once hatched, baby crabs slowly make their way home. Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough described this as one of his greatest TV moments ever. 


Twelve new butterfly species recorded in the Eastern Ghats of Visakhapatnam district

Butterflies are indicator species used by ecologists to study the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation, and climate change. A recently published study conducted between 2016 to 2018 highlights the presence of a total of 105 species belonging to six families of which 12 species were recorded as new to Visakhapatnam district.


In Bakersfield, many push for bringing back the flow of the long-dry Kern River

A group of residents is campaigning to bring back a flowing river in Bakersfield, California. They say restoring continual flows would nourish a green corridor in the heart of the city, enabling people to wade, kayak and picnic on the banks. 


28-YO Turned 30,000 Kg Waste Cloth Into Usable Products & Helped 40 Women Earn

In the largest upcycling effort in Kerala, Sanju Soman and his team converted around 30,000 kg of cloth waste into usable products. His NGO, SUSTERA aims to train youngsters in climate action, capacity building of local self-government institutions, and supporting climate entrepreneurs. 


Welsh Government Offers Every Household a Free Tree to Plant

In an effort to reach the net zero greenhouse gas aim of the country by 2030, the Welsh government is offering every household in the country a free tree to plant or have planted in the country’s woodlands on their behalf. And the good news is 1.3 million native tree species will be made available for plantation.  


Lessons we can take from Baiga’s lifestyle

India’s 700 plus tribes, or indigenous people, have typically walked the earth with the lightest possible footprints, each distinct from the other. Think of the Baiga tribe, a forest-dwelling community, present most prominently in Central India. A Baiga eats primarily what grows on plants, with very little farmed food. As India raises her standard of living, we must know that we come from a culture-Baiga and beyond- that has experienced many forms of non-material joys and fulfilment. 


Tea plantations support biodiversity when managed agro-ecologically

New research reveals tea plantations can support biodiversity from native plants, wildlife and microorganisms when managed in an agro-ecological setting with sustainable, good practices. While the expansion of tea plantations and conventional management practices have been the main threats to biodiversity, tea agro-ecosystems can align with conservation outside protected areas through traditional practices or incorporating organic farming, native shade trees, and maintaining habitat diversity within monocultures.