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- A Global Photography Contest 
GLOBALHUNT FOUNDATION (GHF) 
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME 
JOINT INITIATIVE
About GlobalHunt Foundation (GHF) 
GlobalHunt Foundation (GHF) is a Section 25 not for profit company registered under the...
CONTENTS 
Note from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 1 
Note from GlobalHunt Foundation 2 
Note from Himalaya D...
Note from the United Nations Environment Programme 
Every year, on June 5th, millions of people across the planet celebrat...
Note from GlobalHunt Foundation 
Over the years, we have realized the impacts of inconsistent development on our 
environm...
Note from the Himalaya Drug Company 
As a company, Himalaya believes in doing the right thing. Back in 1930, our founder i...
Care For The Earth 
Organic Farming 
• The company has promoted sustainable organic farm-ing 
practices for cultivating he...
Note from Mahindra ekoSol 
Across the globe, sustainable development is becoming the key word, which recognizes that growt...
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The “Click Conserve & Care - Global Photography 
Contest” has been initiated as an online global photography 
competition ...
Introduction 
Climate Change over the time has been diagnosed as a primary risk to environment, eco system and social stru...
Rising Sea Level & Regional Impact 
Rising sea level will have the following impact on different regions of the world3 
No...
Top 10 Concerns of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) 
1. In 2007, the IPCC estimated that by 2100, global warming wil...
Disappearing Small Islands of India 
India has almost 700 islands where Sunderbans, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshwadeep and Maj...
Disappearing Small Islands of India 
Maldives consisting of over 1,100 islands to the west of India, is the world’s lowest...
About the Contest 
GlobalHunt Foundation & 
United Nations 
Environment Programme 
(UNEP) 
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About the Contest 
Click Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest 
To promote the initiative in India, the GlobalHunt ...
Award Sponsors 
Himalaya Drug Company 
& 
Mahindra ekoSol 
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Himalaya Drug Company 
With an aspiring and innovative vision of Mr. M. Manal ‘ to 
bring the traditional Indian science o...
Mahindra EkoSol 
Mahindra & Mahindra as a group has always believed in 
enabling people and the society to rise and meet t...
Click Conserve & Care 
Global photography Contest 
Top 3 Awardees & 
Top 20 Awardees 
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Decaying Environment 
Dying river Buriganga of Dhaka which is by industrial pollution. 
Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan 
20 
BANGAL...
Saurav Karmakar Breaking Down the Water Supply 
Around 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water su...
Existence 
Taken in Crystal, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation. 
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Crystal Ashike 
USA
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BANGLADESH 
Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan 
A boy is swimming in the extreme polluted river of Buriganga in Dhaka which is ver...
INDIA 
I am trying to depict through my work that the concern authority should take care about the topic and to do well in...
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USA 
Crystal Ashike 
‘Existence’ captured in Crystal, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation at a private residence. The...
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TOP 20 
The Gull Says : “this food is not tasty..” 
I Say : “Thank God, the bottle is not small.” 
Dr. Sudhir Gaikwad 
Ban...
Biram Kumar Chaurasia My House? 
TOP 20 
INDIA 
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Saleem Khan Rising Sea and Threatened Mangroves 
TOP 20 
The picture depicts the array of young juvenile mangroves in 
the...
TOP 20 
National Library of Kerman 
National library of Kerman 
Yasaman Iranmanesh 
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IRAN
Nataliia Kushnirenko Ethnic Mood 
TOP 20 
Modern technology makes people forget that things may have a soul. 
Handmade tra...
TOP 20 
Butterfly in Wind 
Butterfly in wind taken at Naintal “Lake District of India in Uttar 
Pradesh. 
Karan Saxena 
32...
Puneet Verma The Decaying Lake in Bangalore 
TOP 20 
Bangalore hailed as Lake city of India is being affected by urbanizat...
TOP 20 
The Dead Wood 
Dead wood reaches up out of the depths of Lake Kariba, one of the largest 
man-made lakes in Africa...
Nis Daniel Boy Walking on a Broken Bridge 
TOP 20 
“Living” among polluted environment. A child is walking through 
broken...
TOP 20 
Nature vs. Nature 
The picture captures the complete devastation of the giant evergreen forest 
in Trinket Island,...
TOP 20 
Tapas Biswas The Lady Among the Camels 
TOP 20 
I shot this image during my visit to Pushkar fair, Rajasthan, Indi...
TOP 20 
TOP 20 
Elephant Seal 
Elephant seal which was nearly poached to extinction for their fur and 
blubber which are g...
Karken Riba Making Local Rice Beer in Traditional Way 
TOP 20 
Making Local Rice Beer in traditional way by the women of G...
TOP 20 
An Effort 
Shows the scarcity of water and a young girl making an effort to save 
some water. 
Supriyo Ghosh 
40 
...
TOP 20 
Depleting Bio-diversity-Purple Moor 
Hen- a Threatened Species 
Shanthy Vasanthamalar 
The habitat wetlands of the...
TOP 20 
Living Together... 
These are about decaying environment by human activites 
Raghvendra Katti 
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INDIA
Alana Galloway Keep on Swimming 
TOP 20 
A school of fish in Puerto Rico. 
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TOP 20 
Raise Your Voice not the Sea Level 
Aquatic animals, however smaller, can protect themselves from regular 
natural...
Abigail Mudd 
TOP 20 
This is a photo of the simple joys of fishing through the culture passed 
down from generation to ge...
TOP 20 
Echo Of Rust 
Water crisis is a great threat to our lives . No human & animals can survive 
without water . Lakes ...
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Photo Exhibition 
Venue : GHF Office, New Delhi 
Date : 5th June 2014 
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  1. 1. - A Global Photography Contest GLOBALHUNT FOUNDATION (GHF) UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME JOINT INITIATIVE
  2. 2. About GlobalHunt Foundation (GHF) GlobalHunt Foundation (GHF) is a Section 25 not for profit company registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956. As a Signatory to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), GHF serves as a knowledge catalyst and engages its vast corporate clientele with diverse multi stakeholders and enhances their Corporate Sustainable Responsibility. As a strategic partner, GHF provides key research, reporting, programme design and advisory, training and capacity building, due diligence and impact assessment. Email: corporate@globalhuntfoundation.org Copyright@2014 GlobalHunt Foundation Office E-45/6, Okhla Phase-II, New Delhi – 110020 Board +91 11 4654 7700 Direct +91 11 4626 7806 Mobile +91 81 3092 3939 Website: www.globalhuntfoundation.org Disclaimer: The report has been prepared by GlobalHunt Foundation comprising a team of researchers and consultants. The information and data in this report is based on the programme of “Click, Conserve & Care- Global Photography Competition” conducted by GlobalHunt Foundation. The programme was an online initiative with respect to the United Nations Environment Programme for World Environment Day 2014. All the materials in this publication is quoted and referred with proper attribution.
  3. 3. CONTENTS Note from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 1 Note from GlobalHunt Foundation 2 Note from Himalaya Drug Company 3 Note from Mahindra ekoSol 5 Executive Summary 7 Introduction 8 Rising Sea Level & Regional Impact 9 Top 10 Concerns of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) 10 Disappearing Small Islands of India 11 About the Contest 13-14 Award Sponsors 15-18 Himalayan Drug Company 1 7 Mahindra ekoSol 18 Click, Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest 19-47
  4. 4. Note from the United Nations Environment Programme Every year, on June 5th, millions of people across the planet celebrate World Environment Day—coming together at community, national and regional level to promote positive action on the most-pressing environmental challenges of our day. This year’s global host for World Environment Day is Barbados, one of many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) facing multi-dimensional issues that require integrated global action. SIDS contribute little to the problem of climate change—the combined annual carbon dioxide output of these nations accounts for less than one per cent of global emissions. Yet they are especially vulnerable to the changing climate due to their small size, narrow resource base, susceptibility to natural hazards, low economic resilience, and limited for mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. The very existence of low-lying nations, such as Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands and Tuvalu is threatened by climate change-induced sea level rise. As one of the smallest independent states in the world, with a total land area of just 431 km2, Barbados faces many of the challenges outlined above, but it is not passively accepting its fate. Barbados has long been a leader in the Caribbean region in the Green Economy approach. Its current National Strategic Plan (2006-2025) clearly identifies “Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the Physical Infrastructure and Preserving the Environment” as one its key aims. Barbados’s transition to a green economy offers opportunities for managing natural capital, further diversifying the economy, increasing resource efficiency and supporting the goals of poverty reduction and sustainable development. Tremendous potential exists for greening the agriculture, fisheries, building, transportation and tourism sectors, and Barbados is demonstrating the political will to move to a Green Economy both through its policies and engagement with the United Nations Environment Programme by hosting World Environment Day.Overall, climate change adaptation is a top priority in SIDS, but lack of financial resources is an obstacle. However, considering that the capital cost of sea-level rise in the Caribbean Community Countries alone is estimated to reach US$187 billion by 2080 under current practices, investing now to head off such a massive economic impact makes sound business sense. The right enabling conditions are vital to generate and stimulate both public and private sector investments that incorporate broader environmental and social criteria, and thus address this growing challenge. You can contribute to this movement by joining us, in Barbados or wherever you are in the world, in celebrating World Environment Day and raising your voice to encourage action. Mr. Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General UNEP Executive Director 1
  5. 5. Note from GlobalHunt Foundation Over the years, we have realized the impacts of inconsistent development on our environment and society. We are facing crisis with respect to natural resources, damage of ecology, over pollution, deforestation, land degradation etc. These challenges are threatening our traditional resources, cultural knowledge and practices. Small islands are one such resource centers which are facing crises due to climate change and environment degradation. The impacts of climate change and unplanned development have worsened the problems of these islands. The rising sea levels are bearing a disastrous effect on our lands and destroying the humankind near the coastal areas. The island states are facing grave issues such as soil sedimentation, land erosion, periodic floods, depletion of bio-diversity, increase of waste pollution, loss of tourism, loss of economy etc. The Indian sub-continent too is facing similar consequences of rising sea levels; mangroves of Sundarbans, Godavari- Krishna, and seasonal salt marsh of Rann of Kutch will be lost in the coming times. Thus, to promote sustainable development, conservation and to preserve these islands from diminishing, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) declared 2014 as the year of “Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)” and has marked 5th June, 2014 as the World Environment Day (WED) dedicated to conserve the small islands spread across the globe. In support of the World Environment Day 2014, GlobalHunt Foundation organized “Click, Conserve & Care-Global Photography Competition” and invited people to share and express their concerns towards the environmental challenges of the society through photographs clicked and capured by them. In the past, also we have had a fruitful engagement with UNEP where we conducted the Indian chapter of the “23rd International Painting Competition” for the underprivileged children. To carry forward our association, GlobalHunt Foundation became the official India Supporter of the UNEP WED Initiative 2014. GlobalHunt Foundation as a sustainability research and consulting organization goes beyond one time activity and partnership, works on a mandate of “partners for all” whereby we bring multi-stakeholders of society-corporates, civil society organizations, governments, local communities to forge strong alliances that will prove beneficial for the society as a whole. The competition was one of our prime efforts to support the UNEP initiative on small islands through photograph resources and to spread the message to the larger world. As part of our responsible business, the foundation undertook the activity of launching a global competition that will continue every year and endeavours to sensitize people on different environmental challenges and problems. With “Click, Conserve & Care-Global Photography Competition” we have commenced a journey to engage people towards rising concerns that are affecting our present and our future. The “Click, Conserve & Care - Global Photogrpahy Contest” initiative will become a significant platform for people to convey their messages about the decaying environments of the world. The competition was an global initiative where we received more than 200 entries from countires like Hungary, Iran, Indonesia, Ukraine, Mexico, U.S., U.K., Puerto Rico, Bangladesh etc. I would like to thank our award sponsors Himalaya Drug Company & Mahindra ekoSol for supporting the programame and encouraging the participants and young awardees. Most importantly, I would like to thank all the participants who came forward and participated in the programme by sharing their photographs on the diverse challenges which each nation is facing with respect to the deteriorating environment and bearing implications on our social cutural lives. Mr. Sunil Goel Director GlobalHunt Foundation 2
  6. 6. Note from the Himalaya Drug Company As a company, Himalaya believes in doing the right thing. Back in 1930, our founder invested in an organic farm in Dehradun, much before the birth of mainstream environmental activism. We have always been obsessive about giving customers safe, efficacious and affordable products. Thinking beyond ‘today’ and nurturing symbiotic relationships where everyone stands to gain is part of who we are. Our values point us towards sustainable behaviours. Coupled with this, the imperatives of a changing business environment make sustainability a favourable road for us to travel. In fact, it is the only road for companies with a sound business perspective. Today, sustainability is being adopted across functions, encompassing sustainable sourcing of herbs, packaging, waste management, community engagement, energy efficiency to employee engagement. We must understand that sustainability cannot be the responsibility of any one person or team. It must permeate the very soul of the organisation. Environmental and social problems impact us all and we must act collectively to address these challenges. The business advantages of sustainability are crucial. But, our commitment to it must also be driven by a higher purpose - that of caring for the health of our planet, the well-being of the communities we touch and most importantly, shaping a better future for our children. The Himalaya Drug Company Makali Bangalore 3
  7. 7. Care For The Earth Organic Farming • The company has promoted sustainable organic farm-ing practices for cultivating herbs. • Extensive use of Natural Fertilizer like Neem Oil to ward off pests. • Routine application of farmyard manures and vermi compost keeps the soil rich in nutrients. A Greener Planet The Company has so far planted 150,000 trees in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and 181,000 trees in India’s biodiversity rich Western ghats. A mix of fruit, fodder and nitrogen-fixing trees have been planted with the involvement of local communi-ties, creating a sense of project ownership. Each tree on an average offsets 50 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Effective Biodiversity Restoration of Indigenous Herbs- Himalaya has set up a tissue culture laboratory for the cultivation of seedlings and plantlets of endangered species. Efforts to propagate Ratna purush, a nearly extinct herb found mainly in the forests of the Western Ghats in India, have yielded success after two years of research. We have also initiated farm trials of Saussurea lappa, an endangered herb found in high altitudes. As part of a collaborative effort to expand farming of this herb, the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore sup-plied Himalaya Saussurea lappa plantlets. Over 60 percent of these plantlets survived, and we are now moving to full-fledged cultivation of the herb. Care For The Environment Caring for Health & Community Rain Water Harvesting • A well-designed network of eight water wells and 59 recharge pits ensures that rainwater is collected effec-tively. • Effective water requirement is met by two water wells with an average generation capacity of 250,000 liters per day. Greening our stores • Himalaya has over 135 exclusive retail outlets - ‘eco-stores’. • The carry bags are made from 75 percent recycled paper. • Himalaya hair oils come in bottles made from poly-ethylene terephthalate (PET), a 100 percent recyclable material. non-toxic soy ink for printing on our soap sleeves. No waste in our backyard • 90 percent of our solid waste is recycled. • In the last two years alone we have recycled more than 270 tons of dry waste. Which is equal to saving 4590 trees, 1,877,310 gallons of water, 158,490 pounds of air pollution, 826.2 cubic yards of landfill space and 1,100,790 kilowatt hours of energy. Project Abhiyaan- Farmer's Program • Himalaya’s single largest Pan India Farmer's Program - Focusing on economic empowerment of poor farmers especially women farmers and the marginalized farmers across India. • Engaged over 4,000 small and marginal farmers across India to grow medicinal herbs. • Through the program, they cultivate herbs like Alfal-fa, Ashwagandha, Tulasi, Ginger, Turmeric, Shatavari, Vetiver, Mucuna and Kalmegh. • Himalaya provides technical assistance and training in good agricultural practices, sustainable herb collection and organic farming. • Farmers who participate in this program do not have to depend on intermediaries to sell their produce. Himalaya buys the herbs directly from them and pays them a mutually agreed price, usually 10-15% higher than the market rate. Jagriti - Women Health • Through Jagriti, Himalaya’s initiative to raise aware-ness for women’s health and aims to educates women on common health problems such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, irregular menstruation, menopause-relat-ed health concerns, nutrition and lifestyle disorders. • Close to 500 programs each year, reaching 50,000 women across India. Raising awareness for diabetes and osteoporosis Since 2008, Himalaya has been conducting Diabetes Detection Camps across India. Himalaya has reached out to over 300,000 people across India. Himalaya runs free diagnostic medical camps to test for osteoporosis and provide appropriate medical alterna-tives. Over the years, Himalaya has conducted over 1,500 camps across India. Rehabilitation of Prisoners Himalaya is working with the local prison authorities in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India, to rehabilitate inmates. The prisoners cultivate herbs for Himalaya, earn an income and acquire essential skills. The inmates own small plots of farmland back in their villages. The aim of the project is to ease the inmates’ reintegration into society by teaching them skills and helping build their self-esteem. 4
  8. 8. Note from Mahindra ekoSol Across the globe, sustainable development is becoming the key word, which recognizes that growth must be both inclusive and environmentally sound. It must be efficient with resources and carefully planned to deliver immediate and long-term benefits for people, planet, and prosperity. With this becoming a self-implied mandate, there is a strong need of building robust practices and business models that enable this philosophy. India has seen tremendous growth over the last few decades. The backbone of this growth has been the availability of Power, and it would continue to be so. However, this unrelenting growth has placed enormous demand on the country’s natural resources. In a scenario where the country is trying to accelerate its development process, the rising feedstock prices & unavailability of feedstock are raising concerns going forward, thus making sustainability an integral aspect. To cope with increasing energy demands, conservation and energy efficiency measures are to play a central role in our energy policy. The need for the hour is to tap into an energy resource that is abundant and widely available –renewable sources of energy. Renewable energy sources are best suited for addressing the underlying issues such as bridging supply shortages, reducing carbon emissions and enhancing energy security. It is helping conserve the non-renewable resources by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels, as well as offsetting green house gases thereby helping save the environment. Also, amidst various other factors, access to reliable lighting & power is fundamental to the development of a society. It is recognised that a society’s economic goals are intricately intertwined with its social and environmental goals. It is upon every responsible organization to help achieve this goal through various social development programs & CSR activities. With Indian picture becoming very conducive for harnessing the abundant power of Sun, Mahindra had made a strong beginning in the space of Solar Power with a commitment to build a sustainable business. Powered by the Mahindra Group’s rich lineage of advanced technologies, proven engineering & project management expertise and a passion for excellence, Mahindra EPC aims to enable every Indian business, household and individual to rise with clean and affordable energy. Through ekoSol, Mahindra EPC is driving to help provide an ideal platform for increasing the penetration of solar power systems, including partnerships with socially responsible organisations like Global Hunt Foundation, creating a significant and proven impact on community welfare. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the “Click Conserve & Care-Global Photography” contest was thus chosen as a platform to invite the members of the society and environmentally conscious citizens to come forth with their third eye view and capture various facets of the need for conservation of resources and environment. The success of this program truly demonstrates the changing mindset of community at large. A step towards transforming lives for a better tomorrow and we call it RISE... - Basant Jain CEO, Mahindra EPC (Parent company of Mahindra ekoSol) 5
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  10. 10. The “Click Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest” has been initiated as an online global photography competition organized by GlobalHunt Foundation with the support of UNEP, Himalayan Drug Company and Mahindra ekoSol to mark the World Environment Day (WED) on 5th June 2014. GlobalHunt Foundation as the “Prime Supporter of UNEP WED 2014” in India, hosted the competition for a global audience and encouraged participants to share their environmental concerns in a sustainable fashion by facilitating the competition in an online manner with the aid of web technology. The competition was a two month long initiative where through an online portal 3C Contest http:// Executive Summary www.globalhuntfoundation.org/3CContest/ people around the globe were welcomed to share their pictures that depicted the dying environments of the world. The competition had 5 themes which concentrated on emhasising the diverse aspects of environmental challenges coupled with social cultural issues faced by our society. Through the website, the participants were given detailed information about the contest, rules, a brief about all the partnering organizations and most significantly on the UNEP World Environment initiative. Through a simple registration form the participants were encouraged to submit their pictures as per the contest format. We received an overwhelming response from people around the world wherein they submitted more than 200 photograhs which depicted the country specifc contexts of environment degradation. On 5th June, 2015 to mark the occasion of World Environment Day, the winners of the competition were declared on the official website titled 3C Contest and were requested to submit their wining statements through emails. A netural approach for selecting the winners was practiced by GlobalHunt Foundation where renowened judges, sustainability and communication experts comprised the judging panel. We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Amrit Srinivasan, PHD Cambridge, Advisor GHF for her objective decision making and expertise extended towards outlining the judging criteria and process. The participants were shortlisted after an initial round of screening, and after the second round, the 3 top winners were selected and 20 winners were acknolwdged and each participant was awarded with an E-Certificate of participation for their significant submissions. I would like to extend a special thanks to the UNEP official representatives Ms Joy Cruz-Lentz, Division of Communications and Public Information and Ms Keziah Kirika, Programme Assistant, Nairobi headquarters for supporting the UNEP- WED message across India, Mr. M. Ramsan, Executive, Corporate Communication, Himalaya Drug Compnay, Mr. Devish Taparia, Manager, Mahindra ekoSol for awarding the winners with gift hampers and Ms Megha Kaushik, Research Associate, GHF for the complete support and coordination rendered towards making this global competition a successfull initiative. I am pleased to state that a walk-in exhibition showcasing all the contest photographs was organized on the World Environment Day, 5th June 2014 at GlobalHunt India, New Delhi Office, and was open to all the employees, visitors, family and friends to come and encourage the participants by appreciating their work and providing their kind comments to the art works displayed from across the globe. Ms. Radhika Ralhan, Manager Corporate Sustainability GlobalHunt Foundation Contest Themes Theme A-Decaying Environment-soon to be vanished areas, islands, forests. Theme B-Depleting Bio-Diversity - threatened wildlife, flora, fauna, indigenous species. Theme C-Rising water bodies - dying rivers, lakes, streams, glaciers. Theme D-Traditional culture - promoters of preservation, indigenous communities, practices, religion Theme E-Sustainable Livelihoods - sustainable traditional occupations, arts & crafts, skills, products. Judging Criteria 1. Originality. 2. Relevance to the theme. 3. Innovation & Level Difficulty. 4. Angle & Expression. 5. Adherance to contest rules. 7
  11. 11. Introduction Climate Change over the time has been diagnosed as a primary risk to environment, eco system and social structure of society. The increased levels of gas emissions due to human activities are bringing changes in climate which in return are further affecting the society. The prime visible consequences of climate change are loss of sea ice, raise of sea levels and sea temperature. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. IPCC also predicted that global average sea level is likely to increase by 10.2 to 32 inches by the year 2100, with a highest emissions scenario showing a sea level rise of between 21 and 38 inches by the end of the century1. The rising sea levels are showing its major implications on the small islands of world which are facing huge challenges with respect to their sustenance. A study on small islands of Pacific Ocean suggest that 15-62% of islands will disappear under raising sea level of 1-6 m. IPCC Fourth Assessment Report also suggest that a 0.5 to 2 m sea level rise could displace between 1.2 and 2.2 million people from islands in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. By small islands, we understand all those islands which are small in size depending upon foreign trade because of their limited and poor resource structure and low adaptive capacity. Most importantly, these islands are susceptible to various natural catastrophes like sea level rise, tropical and extra tropical cyclones, increasing air and sea surface temperatures and changing rainfall pattern leading to loss of habitat and ecosystem of these islands. Despite having almost negligible contribution to depleting nature of world’s climate these small islands are facing the major consequences. With time, the raising sea level is showing its negative impacts on small islands on all aspects life including “tourism, freshwater resources, fisheries and agriculture, human settlements, financial services and human health”. Thus, there is a need to understand the diverse challenges of these islands to develop a comprehensive approach of sustainability for them. The need is to initiate practices that bring sustainable interventions on these islands which further can assist in their conservation. These small islands are significant resource of traditional and indigenous environment, knowledge and value for the society. Hence, to sensitize the larger public about the vulnerability of these small islands the UNEP denoted its World Environment Day 2014 (WED) theme to the Small Islands Developing States that was “Raise your Voice and Not The Sea Level”. The GlobalHunt Foundation as a prime supporter of UNEP for the WED organized a global photography competition “Click Conserve Care - Global Photography Contest” to bring awareness among people about the climate change rising sea levels and the deteriorating effects on the ecosystem and their habitats. 8
  12. 12. Rising Sea Level & Regional Impact Rising sea level will have the following impact on different regions of the world3 North America • Increased frequency, intensity and duration of heat waves in cities • Decrease snowpack in western mountains Latin America • Gradual depletion of tropical forest • Loss of significant biodiversity through species extinction • Significant changes in water availability Europe • Increased risk of inland flash floods • Frequent coastal flooding and erosion • Glacial retreat and gradual reduction in snow cover • Huge species losses • Reductions of crop productivity Africa • 75-250 million people by 2020 to be under the stress of water scarcity • 50% reduction in rain-fed agricultural yield Asia • By 2050s fresh water availability to decrease in Central, South, East & Southeast Asia • Coastal areas to be at risk due to intense flooding • High death rate due to diseases related with floods and droughts 3 NASA Global Climate Change Website, http://climate.nasa.gov/effects#ft6, accessed on 8th June 2014 9
  13. 13. Top 10 Concerns of Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) 1. In 2007, the IPCC estimated that by 2100, global warming will lead to a sea-level rise of 180 to 590 mm4. 2. The combined annual carbon dioxide (CO2) output of SIDS accounts for less than one per cent of global emissions. 3. The projected 30-50 cm sea level raise by 2050 will threaten the existence of many small islands as they lack the protection framework to fight the sea level. 4. Hydro-meteorological disasters, including cyclones, tropical storms and other windstorm related events, account for almost 45% of all natural disasters on small islands5. 5. Local environment of many small islands are under stress due to change in climate change. 6. With limited resources and low adaptive capacity, these islands face the considerable challenge of meeting the social and economic needs of their populations in a manner that is sustainable. 7. Sea levels has emerged as a serious threat for the biodiversity on islands. The ecosystem of these islands have come under danger where the prominent biodiversity of these islands are depleting and vanishing. 8. Large population of small islands live on disaster prone coastal area and have limited access to risk reduction areas. The disasters affects large number of people which further bring huge economic damages. 9. Many SIDS are facing trade deficit as they depend upon external trades for and are deeply affected by the global slowdown and financial crises. 10. Growth of tourism industry on small islands has led to high level of foreign land ownership which is posing challenges to traditional economic and social activities. 4 The facts have been compiled through data suggested in IPCC Assessment Reports 5 “Trends in sustainable development small islands developing states (SIDS)”, United Nations Report 2010, http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/313Trends_in_Sustainable_Development_SIDS.pdf 10
  14. 14. Disappearing Small Islands of India India has almost 700 islands where Sunderbans, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshwadeep and Majuli are facing the climate change repercussions: Sunderbans the largest mangroves forests of the world are depleting. The Lohachara and Supuribhanga islands of already finished and even the Ghoramara is facing the similar problem of land erosion. Half of the Ghoramara island has been washed in 25 years with now only 3.7 sq km left leaving lakhs of people homeless. Other islands like Shikarpur, Gobindapur, Bankimpur and Boatkhali are also been affected7. More than10, 000 environmental refugees are paying the price of raising sea level8. Lakshwadeep having the largest coral atoll system of the world is exposed to the adverse effects of global warming. The unique biodiversity of the island is related with the rich coral reef system as it caters to large number of fishes, mollusks, echinoderms, sea grass, sea weeds etc. There are about 148 species of coral that are found in the Lakshadweep island9. However, the raising sea temperature due to global warming destroying the exceptional ecology. It is asserted that the temporary change in the climate of the Pacific Ocean in 1998 majorly destroyed the fragile ecology of Lakshadweep10. If the situation persist it is expected that ecology will be completely destroyed in coming times that will further affect the rich marine diversity of the region. 7 The Times of India, “Hungry tide, homeless people”, Subhro Niyogi, Dec 5, 2009, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hungry-tide-homeless-people/articleshow/5304605.cms? , accessed on 7th June 8 The Hindu, “Stranded in the Sunderbans”, Feb 4th, 2008, http://www.hindu.com/mag/2008/02/24/stories/2008022450230700.htm, accessed on 7th June 2014 9 The New York Times “A Capricious River, an Indian Island’s Lifeline, Now Eats Away at It”, April 14, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/world/asia/indian-island-shrinks-as-brahmaputra-swells-and-sways.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0 10 Lakshwadeep Annual Plan 2011-2012, http://lakshadweep.nic.in/AnnualPlan_2011_2012_20.htm 11
  15. 15. Disappearing Small Islands of India Maldives consisting of over 1,100 islands to the west of India, is the world’s lowest-lying nation as it lies more than about 2m (6.5ft) above sea level11. The recent reports on the island suggest that the island is facing problem of soil loosening leading to land erosion and destruction of coast and by 2100 the island will completely extinct. 12 Majuli the largest riverine island of the world situated in Brahmaputra River of North East India is rapidly diminishing and extincting. The total area of the island was said to be around 1, 246 sq km prior to 1950 but periodic floods and erosion have reduced the island to 890 sq.km. which is also reducing with the each passing day. The records assert that 67 villages of the island have been destroyed and no longer exist13. 11 BBC News, “The Maldives’, battle against extinction”, Nov 9th, 2009, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8350629.stm, accessed on 7th June 2014 12 The Guardian, “The Maldives, a fledgling democracy at the vanguard of climate change”, Sept 26th, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/26/maldives-democracy-climate-change-ipcc, accessed on 7th June 13 The Times of India “Majuli may be wiped out”, July 20th, 2012 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Majuli-may-be-wiped-out/articleshow/15051020.cms 12
  16. 16. About the Contest GlobalHunt Foundation & United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 13
  17. 17. About the Contest Click Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest To promote the initiative in India, the GlobalHunt Foundation became the prime Supporter of UNEP World Environment Day. With the aim to sensitize and aware the community about the affects of climate change the GlobalHunt Foundation organized “Click, Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest” to encourage people to share photographs that capture the dying biodiversity, traditional skills, livelihoods, arts and traditional culture which are in the process of being extinct due to the environmental degradation and especially due to the harmful effects of climate change. The Competition welcomed people around the world to share any dying ecology or socio-cultural practice and economic activity that is being affected by the unplanned development and growth. Through the medium of “Click, Conserve & Care - Global Photography Contest” GlobalHunt Foundation encouraged people worldwide to showcase their concerns through their photographs and share their country concerns in the domains of environmental, social and culutral sustainability. As an official supporter to UNEP World Environment Day 2014 the Foundation aspires to reach large number of people and generate awareness and knowledge across the globe on enviornmental concerns. The competition witnessed fantastic participation from countries such as U.S., U.K., Ukraine, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Bangladesh etc. where numerous photographs were submitted by young participants. The competition website www.globalhuntfoundation/3ccontest had all the details with respect to contest rules, contest themes, The top 3 winners and top 20 participnats were provided with winning and participation certificate by GlobalHunt Foundation to recognize their contribution and efforts. The certificates provided to the candidates were of sustainable nature as an online format was emailed to each and every participant. 14
  18. 18. Award Sponsors Himalaya Drug Company & Mahindra ekoSol 15
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  20. 20. Himalaya Drug Company With an aspiring and innovative vision of Mr. M. Manal ‘ to bring the traditional Indian science of Ayurveda to society in a contemporary form‘, the foundations of Himalaya was incepted in 1930 in India. The main mission of Himalayawas to provide healing and curative measures to the people with the help of diverse medicinal plants that are safe and effective. Most significantly, the endeavor was to bring the herbal medicines in par with the contemporary medicines both in terms of acceptability, quality and efficiency. It was Mr. Manal’s long term perseverance, determination that led to the initiation of the world’ first natural antihypertensive drug in 1934, after rigorous years of research on the herb Rauwolfia serpentina, Serpina®. With over 8 decades of successful operations, the Himalaya Global Holdings Ltd. (HGH), the parent of Himalaya subsidiaries, has established its strong operating network in more than 90 countries, with over a wide range of medicinal and herbal products consumed by populations and prescribed by 400,000 doctors worldwide. Himalaya Herbal Healthcare has brought the concept of “well -being” to the doorstep of every citizen of the world through its diverse contemporary range of more than 300 products comprising of pharmaceuticals, personal care, baby care, well-being and animal health products. It has been estimated that every year around 300 million Himalaya products gets consumed around the world. The company connotes the coming together of “tradition and modernity” by spearheading the traditional ayurvedic, herbal remedies to the people in an upscale scientific manner, and encourages all generations of people from older and younger to widely use them. Himalaya has set an exemplary example of conducting business and research in a sustainable manner by establishing a close connection with nature. The Himalaya company promotes the three famous contours of sustainability through its products and its operations – by preserving biodiversity, caring for the environment, promotion of good agricultural practices, it propagates Environment Sustainability – (Planet), promoting well being among the population proves its commitment toSocial Sustainability (People) and by selling medicinal products at a conveniently affordable prices and its up scaling denotes the Ethical Economic sustainable operations that are also reflected in its responsible Profits. 17
  21. 21. Mahindra EkoSol Mahindra & Mahindra as a group has always believed in enabling people and the society to rise and meet their goals and aspirations. As a part of this vast group, with interests across industries and verticals, “ekoSol” is the consumer facing brand for solar products, housed within Mahindra EPC Services (MEPC) Private Limited, which is a portfolio company under the Cleantech arm of Mahindra Partners. The MEPC division commenced its operations in 2011, and is focused on catering to the need for quality green energy solutions. At present, it is predominantly in solar space with plans to expand into other related verticals. Mahindra EkoSol provides wide range of high quality energy efficient solar solutions ranging from lanterns, home lighting systems to inverters, streetlights and rooftops. The vision of the company is to transform lives by helping people across societies and geographies to rise with its lighting and energy solutions which boast of a low carbon footprint. ekoSol’s current operation is spread across four states with plans underway to expand both its geographical footprint as well as the portfolio of solutions. With an experienced team, the company’s engineering and development prowess is evident in the numerous successfully executed and operational solar projects. Powered by innovation, driven by quality and fuelled by excellence, ekoSolis uniquely positioned to enable every household and individual to rise with clean and affordable energy. The ekosol Advantage ekoSol, with the strength of the Mahindra brand, is at the forefront of a solar revolution in India, offering innovative and cost-effective solutions for Solar Lighting and stand alone Solar systems, with a rich experience having executed 60+ MW solar PV systems, village electrification programs, CSR projects, etc. CRISIL rated SP1A Channel Partner for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, for Solar grading – The top rating for Technical competency and Financial capabilities Wide product range of high performance, reliable and energy efficient solar solutions, which offer uncompromising standards of excellence after undergoing stringent quality control at various stages of development, manufacturing and usage patterns 18
  22. 22. Click Conserve & Care Global photography Contest Top 3 Awardees & Top 20 Awardees 19
  23. 23. Decaying Environment Dying river Buriganga of Dhaka which is by industrial pollution. Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan 20 BANGALADESH
  24. 24. Saurav Karmakar Breaking Down the Water Supply Around 1.1 billion people globally do not have access to improved water supply sources whereas 2.4 billion people do not have access to any type of improved sanitation facility. About 2 million people die every year due to diarrheal diseases, most of them are children less than 5 years of age. The most affected are the populations in developing countries, living in extreme conditions of poverty, normally peril-urban dwellers or rural inhabitants. Through this picture I tried to depict, the worst water supply system at Mathura in India where most of the villagers are enable to get drinking water properly. 21 INDIA
  25. 25. Existence Taken in Crystal, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation. 22 Crystal Ashike USA
  26. 26. 23 BANGLADESH Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan A boy is swimming in the extreme polluted river of Buriganga in Dhaka which is very imporant for the city. Today, the Buriganga river is afflicted by the noisome problem of pollution. The chemical waste of mills and factories, household waste, medical waste, sewage, dead animals, plastics, and oil are some of the river pollutants. The city of Dhaka discharges about 4, 500 tons of solid waste every day and most of it is released into the river. Nearly 4.0 million people of the city are exposed to the consequences of water pollution everyday. the most pollution creating industries of Bangladesh are tanning industries concentrated mainly in Hazaribagh area in the south-western part of Dhaka. Most tanneries of Hazaribagh flush their waste water directly into the river. At present, there are about 170 tannery units in Bangladesh and they use locally available raw hides and skins. There is no fsh or aquatic life in the river apart from zero oxygen survival kind of organisms. It is of paramount importance that we stop dumping pollution into the river take seriously the project of cleaning it up. Despite allocated funds and constant newspaper reporting on the matter, our once-great natural asset suffers from appalling neglect. Monies allocated to sewage works and cleaning water must be properly spent.In order to take care of our environment, then, it is crucial that we take care of our environment, then, it is crucial that we take care of the state of our rivers.
  27. 27. INDIA I am trying to depict through my work that the concern authority should take care about the topic and to do well in favor of the villagers, then only my effort will get appropriate success. Unless it’s in vain. 24 Parents of Mr Saurav, Kolkata
  28. 28. 25 USA Crystal Ashike ‘Existence’ captured in Crystal, New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation at a private residence. The way of life for the Dine (Navajo) is to live in harmony with nature; corn pollen is held scared, prayed with and used in ceremonies, but the abuse from energy companies has put the Dine people in fatal positions and the way of life is being lost. On this day, Father Sky showed its existence in away I have never seen and it felt good to be alive.
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  30. 30. TOP 20 The Gull Says : “this food is not tasty..” I Say : “Thank God, the bottle is not small.” Dr. Sudhir Gaikwad Ban the use of plastics....they are hazardous to wild life INDIA 27
  31. 31. Biram Kumar Chaurasia My House? TOP 20 INDIA 28
  32. 32. Saleem Khan Rising Sea and Threatened Mangroves TOP 20 The picture depicts the array of young juvenile mangroves in the midst of Pichavaram mangrove islands of Cuddalore District of Tamil Nadu who are under the threat of rising sea level. 29 INDIA
  33. 33. TOP 20 National Library of Kerman National library of Kerman Yasaman Iranmanesh 30 IRAN
  34. 34. Nataliia Kushnirenko Ethnic Mood TOP 20 Modern technology makes people forget that things may have a soul. Handmade traditional ukrainian clothing with ethnic embroidery speaks itself on the folk ocarina music backround. 31 PUERTO RICO
  35. 35. TOP 20 Butterfly in Wind Butterfly in wind taken at Naintal “Lake District of India in Uttar Pradesh. Karan Saxena 32 INDIA
  36. 36. Puneet Verma The Decaying Lake in Bangalore TOP 20 Bangalore hailed as Lake city of India is being affected by urbanization for sure. Once such lake in my neighbourhood once a popular spot in soon filling with Debris of the area and being planned to be reclaimed for road construction. The debris and the once used boat pier in the foreground and a long exposure to depict the passage of time. 33 INDIA
  37. 37. TOP 20 The Dead Wood Dead wood reaches up out of the depths of Lake Kariba, one of the largest man-made lakes in Africa, swallowed up thousands of square kilometers of dense Mopani scrub bush and Leadwood Forest, the dead, resilient trees still stand, reaching up out of the water as a reminder. Samuel Wharton 34
  38. 38. Nis Daniel Boy Walking on a Broken Bridge TOP 20 “Living” among polluted environment. A child is walking through broken bridge, with the background of his house, and heavily polluted environment, mostly from domestic garbage and some oil spill, smell is awful, and fresh water must be taken from far away. 35 INDONESIA
  39. 39. TOP 20 Nature vs. Nature The picture captures the complete devastation of the giant evergreen forest in Trinket Island, Nicobars by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004 and the reliance shown by the Mother Nature in the form of new plant life in this hostile environment. Nehru Prabakaran 36 INDIA
  40. 40. TOP 20 Tapas Biswas The Lady Among the Camels TOP 20 I shot this image during my visit to Pushkar fair, Rajasthan, India. Rural women in Rajasthan sometimes struggle hard against poverty to maintain their day to day life. The scarcity of water and fuel makes their lives harder to live on. They sometimes go far from their villages in search of fuels in the forms of dried leaves, logs and even camel stool. Here this woman is collecting from the fair ground camel stool which will be dried up in the sun and will be used as fuel while cooking a meal. Through this photograph, I wanted to depict the struggle these women usually do for the existence. 37 INDIA
  41. 41. TOP 20 TOP 20 Elephant Seal Elephant seal which was nearly poached to extinction for their fur and blubber which are growing in population. Sammantha Kreling 38 USA
  42. 42. Karken Riba Making Local Rice Beer in Traditional Way TOP 20 Making Local Rice Beer in traditional way by the women of Galo Tribe from Arunachal Pradesh India. 39 INDIA
  43. 43. TOP 20 An Effort Shows the scarcity of water and a young girl making an effort to save some water. Supriyo Ghosh 40 INDIA
  44. 44. TOP 20 Depleting Bio-diversity-Purple Moor Hen- a Threatened Species Shanthy Vasanthamalar The habitat wetlands of the fantastic Purple Moorhen in Tamil Nadu, India are severely threatened by water pollution, encroachments, failure of monsoons, drought and impact of global warming. 41 INDIA
  45. 45. TOP 20 Living Together... These are about decaying environment by human activites Raghvendra Katti 42 INDIA
  46. 46. Alana Galloway Keep on Swimming TOP 20 A school of fish in Puerto Rico. 43
  47. 47. TOP 20 Raise Your Voice not the Sea Level Aquatic animals, however smaller, can protect themselves from regular natural changes in water levels due to nature’s phenomenon. But they become helpless when it comes to rising sea levels it destroys their defence and their natural habitats. This photograph shows protection mechanism build by tiny sand bubbler crab using shells to prevent heavy ingress of water of tidal waves and it looks decorative as well. So difficult for us, human beings to build with such delicate arrangemnets but easy to destroy it completely by catalysing rising sea levels and destroying beaches, their habitats. Parag Thakur 44 INDIA
  48. 48. Abigail Mudd TOP 20 This is a photo of the simple joys of fishing through the culture passed down from generation to generation in the small town. It also teaches us about how sustainable one can be by living off the land. 45 USA
  49. 49. TOP 20 Echo Of Rust Water crisis is a great threat to our lives . No human & animals can survive without water . Lakes , Rivers etc are getting drier due to environmental changes. Kazi Mushfiq Hossain 46 INDIA
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  52. 52. Photo Exhibition Venue : GHF Office, New Delhi Date : 5th June 2014 49
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