By Purva Grover
What do you tell your unborn child? That he/she is not welcome into the world? Forget gender divides; both boys and girls are unwelcomed. Hold on — how do you decide not to have children, when you are one? You have a conversation with yourself about the surroundings and look to the adults for help. In the event of the latter failing to provide, the decision is not a tough one to reach.
Continue reading #NoFutureNoChildren: The youth aren’t kidding
By Anjana Sankar
For the last couple of years, I have routinely bought big tubs of chocolate from an ice cream parlour near my house in Khalidiya. I love chocolate, so I never deviate from flavour, but of late, I have tweaked my buying pattern.
Continue reading Why I’ve decided to say no to those ice cream spoons
By Kelly Clarke & Nivriti Butalia
In April, a piece of news made an optimist out of anyone even a wee bit environmentally conscious: an enzyme had been born, which could munch on plastic, and was being cautiously hailed as the solution to the world’s plastic pollution mess.
Continue reading Yes, we’re drowning in plastic, but let’s look at some scraps of good news
By Sunil K. Vaidya
A theli (cloth bag) was an integral part of my childhood. We carried that handmade cotton bag on every shopping trip — to buy milk bottles, vegetables, groceries and even firecrackers before Diwali. Continue reading C’mon UAE, let’s ditch plastic bags altogether
By Deepa Narwani
The year was 2009 and Coldplay was in Abu Dhabi for their first concert in the UAE. I was singing along to the hit track Violet Hill when the arena’s lights went out. Coldplay was marking Earth Hour. They had requested the organisers to switch off the lights for five minutes. Phone screens lit up the venue. Continue reading What Coldplay taught me about Earth Hour
By Kelly Clarke
I have a confession to make. I may have indirectly supported the sad demise of some tall standing tree recently.
Continue reading I wish companies would pack a punch without packaging
By Alvin R. Cabral
The realm beyond Earth’s atmosphere has always fascinated me. As a matter of fact, one of my earliest childhood ambitions was to someday become an astronomer. Heck, I was so full of myself back then when I preached stuff like asteroids, comets, galaxies, black holes, quasars and, most importantly, the Mercury-Venus-Earth-Mars-Jupiter-Saturn-Uranus-Neptune-Pluto order that makes up our Solar System to my cousins, classmates and even my elders. Genius was I, back then.
Continue reading Is global warming annoying you? Wait until 2050 when the sun cools down