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We have an encouraging news to share: The launch of the Planet Outlook website. Planet Outlook is Our Partner in Education in the UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020, which U.S. Senator Tom Udall and I are co-hosting that started on September 14 and will conclude on December 3. The webinar series is organized by the Species in Peril project at UNM in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Office of Congresswoman Deb Haaland, New Mexico BioPark Society, and the Southwest Environmental Center.

Planet Outlook is an expansive media initiative that aims to bring attention to the intensifying biodiversity and the climate crises, water and pollution, environmental justice and so much more. The initiative is a project of the Outlook Media Group, one of India’s top national media houses. I cannot think of any global media initiative on environment comparable to this one expect perhaps “The age of extinction” of The Guardian, which focuses on the biodiversity crisis.

New Delhi-based journalist and conservationist Ananda Banerjee, Editor of Special Project at Outlook has taken the helm of Planet Outlook. Ananda is also the Senior Advisor on India and South Asia for the Species in Peril project at UNM. 

Launching the initiative, the Outlook Magazine published a species issue on pollution ‘I can’t breathe’ which is curated and guest-edited by Ananda Banerjee. The magazine has made ALL the articles accessible online and FREE.

In “How To Not Waste A Crisis,” Anumita Roychoudhury writes, “Pollution mitigation is a matter of necessity and not choice. … This unprecedented public health emergency and economic disruption due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic have given us a new prism to understand the air pollution challenge and its solutions.”

In “The Trash We Inhale,” Bharati Chaturvedi writes, “Few Indians realise how much of their trash they breathe back into their lungs and blood. … most of urban India continues to send it to fenced dumps, even landfills, where a vicious cycle unfolds. Wet waste emits methane, which self-combusts and sets into motion fires that spread, burning plastics and paper.”

In “0 Breathability,” Ananda Banerjee writes, “The clock is ticking for Delhi. It’s time, once again, for the haze and smog to tightly wrap the city after the monsoon cleansed the air considerably.”

I encourage you to explore the varied resources that you will find on the Planet Outlook website, including articles and video conversations. And please consider using these FREE online resources in your own teaching, scholarship, creative production, and community organizing to address biological annihilation, climate breakdown and other environmental crises of our time—and to institute initiatives to mitigate these crises collectively through education and actions.

I look forward to seeing you at our next webinar, “Indigenous Kinship and Multispecies Justice,” on Thursday, November 19. The webinar is FREE and open to the public but registration is required: REGISTER HERE.

Subhankar Banerjee
Director and Founder, Species in Peril project at UNM
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