In the last couple of decades, efforts to render cities environmentally and socially sustainable have culminated in a new phenomenon – the so-called eco-city. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the term ‘eco-city’ remained mainly a concept, a collection of ideas and propositions with practical examples relatively few and far between.
Debadityo Sinha, prize winner of the Best Story Award under ‘The City I Want’ Campaign, is a self-trained young environmental activist, film maker and an expert in conservation outreach. While studying in university doing his Masters in Environmental Science and Technology, the apathy of the authorities towards the natural heritage of the Vindhyan range caught his attention. It made him start a civil society organisation by the name of ‘Vindhya Bachao’ to work on issues of waste management, environmental governance and policy advocacy. Debadityo’s documentary film ‘Vindhyan Scourge’ became a source of inspiration to many and helped address several issues with the help of the mass media.
1 ‘The City I Want’ Campaign started by Development Alternatives is a youth led social media initiative aimed towards improving the current environmental scenario of cities in India.