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Open your heart & save earth

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TERRE also is the abbreviation for ‘Technology, Education, Research and Rehabilitation for the Environment.’

These four tools make-up our ‘environmental kit’ to undertake the work always respecting the value of our ecosystems. With the help of this tool box we strive to reach all strata of society, particularly the young generation and people at the bottom of the pyramid.

TERRE in French means the Earth. The Earth is our only home in this vast universe. That itself is a strong enough reason that we should take care of it.

Terre mission

Climate Changes, Ozone Layer Protection, Toxic Chemicals & Bio diversity

TERRE’s mission is to provide credible information, straight answers and innovative solutions in the effort to address global environmental issue like Climate Change, Ozone Layer Protection, Toxic Chemicals and Bio diversity.

Working on an issue that is often polarized and politicized, the Centre provides a forum for objective research and analysis with the aim of developing pragmatic policies and solutions. TERRE is a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental problem of the 21st century. 'Practicing what we preach' and 'To promote the change that we want to see' are TERRE’s working messages.

Terre objectives

Our unsustainable life styles are impacting our global climate

To demystify the nexus between environment and development

Environmental protection and human development are at the core of the debate on contemporary social and economic order. Our unsustainable life styles are impacting our global climate.

Though such debates are of major concerns for civil society, they are a fringe concern of the politicians that the democratic world elects to govern civil society. For example, climate change sits atop the list of global issues facing world leaders, but it is only mentioned marginally in election manifestos and hardly at all in the speeches of those who ask for votes in developing countries. There is clear gap between expectations of civil society and the intentions of governing leaders. TERRE aims to contribute to closing this gap.
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To promote the shared understanding and political will to take action

TERRE serves as a platform and turning point for generating the political will necessary for action, both globally and domestically, by enhancing the knowledge of civil society.

TERRE is an honest broker in the complex and often controversial debate over unsustainable patterns of consumption, including those patterns related to climate change. The message that TERRE promotes is ‘We can protect the environment and still achieve meaningful development.’
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To promote policies that spark off appropriate actions

TERRE shuns from pointing fingers, but promotes holding hands, to find solutions and catalyze action.

TERRE offers citizens – from every walk of life – a platform to explore new thoughts and new common ground (?) through consultations, studies, projects and online content. The paradigm of good governance and precincts of best practices and definitions of sustainability are constantly shifting and often confusing. TERRE believes that it is only the participatory process, ‘by the people for the people and of the people’, that can lead us to actions towards a sustainable world.
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What the centre would do?

While India is the starting point, TERRE’s initiatives know no geographic limitations. Environmental impacts cross regions and political boundaries.

TERRE networks with NGOs, governements, business associations and financial institutions internationally to enable sharing of ideas that can advance the goal of transforming society to a more sustainable lifestyle model. In this Endeavour TERRE : Produces in simple, straightforward and demystifying language, analyses of key climate issues and promotes actions for sustainability Works to keep decision makers in the government and business informed on how to shape the solutions Reaches out to educate key audiences like media, youth and NGOs
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Terre unique aspect

Five Unique Aspects of TERRE

Technology

Technology cooperation and transfer are the key to appropriate transformation towards a sustainable life style. We promote eight strands of activity which we believe are key to this transformation: Energy efficiency improvement, energy from waste, renewable energy, crop protection, land and water restoration, safe disposal of wastes and community empowerment. TERRE links with national, regional and global resources, institutions and experts to assess needs and deliver specific support with the aim of supporting remediation and restoration objectives though appropriate technologies and policies.

Education

Education is a means of capacity building to promote appropriate actions. Knowledge and Information on preventive and remedial measures are the key tools by which civil society can promote action in a timely manner. As information is fundamental to action, TERRE enables the use of information through knowledge management.

Rehabilitation

60% of the world’s natural resources are already degraded and many have reached points of no return. Rehabilitation solutions are required which are adapted to our changed world. TERRE provides information and technical support to existing initiatives without duplicating the effort of others. TERRE seeks to leverage existing remediation and restoration technologies where possible.

Research

TERRE’s primary activity is research on good practice governance and policies, often that have been followed for centuries by some communities and governments. TERRE engages the experts around the world to sift out the traditional as well as cutting edge thoughts and actions that promote development without degrading the environment.

Environment

The Environment of our only home – Earth –is at the core of TERRE’s unique efforts. The most important strength of TERRE is its work based on reality checks and pragmatic approaches proven through piloting and demonstrations. TERRE believes that environmental protection and development must go hand in hand.

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