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Communication for Awareness

CSE researches the underlying processes of change and events and pushes for sustainable policies in the area of natural resource management. Through its informational products, CSE has provided advance warnings, perceptive analyses and intellectual leadership in the field of environmental management and helped to build an informed public opinion.


Down To Earth

DTE PicDown To Earth, the magazine that CSE produces in partnership with its sister organisation, the Society for Environmental Communication, is today an established medium, respected and read.

For instance, the issue on arsenic contamination in Uttar Pradesh catalysed debate and thinking on the issue on water management among policymakers, water and heath experts, development agencies and bureaucrats.

The story on TRIPS, sent to parliamentarians helped them to understand the issues and raise questions during parliamentary debate. The story of tigers, the first one to print narratives from villagers in the core area, led to the formation of the Tiger Task Force.

The magazine gets a large number of letters, which shows that people take it seriously. In addition, many write asking to report on their work in Down To Earth so that it can make a difference.

Therefore, Down To Earth has become a way to drive change not in the sense of the campaign which is an issue driven single minded approach to push for change but in a way in which the information which is credible and forceful can push people to make the change in different areas in different ways.


web_browsersCSE website is an effective campaigning tool that allows campaigners to reach thousands instantly. Every month, about 1,000 people fill in the online feedback forms for more information.

The Feature Service is also quite successful and CSE recently started an additional version in Hindi to extend the reach to regional areas.

CSE has thus been reasonably successful in getting information out to people and it reflects the need for this task of providing information to people to bring change.

CSE’s reportage involves researching the underlying processes of change and events and pushes for sustainable policies in the area of natural resource management.

Because it focuses on news that is not normally available as well as new perspectives, it has definitely helped to build an informed public opinion.

It has also made an impact on policy and opinion makers.


Anil Agarwal


Anil Kumar Agarwal was the founder-director of the Centre for Science and Environment, India’s leading environmental NGO. Agarwal spent his lifetime advocating policies that involve the people in natural resource management and learn from India’s own traditions.

Sunita Narain


Sunita Narain has been with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) since 1982. She is currently the director general of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, Down To Earth.


  • Date: November 24-26, 2014

    ‘Septage’ is both solid and liquid waste that accumulates in onsite sanitation systems (OSS) e.g. septic tanks. This has three main components – scum, effluent and sludge. It has an offensive odour, appearance and contains significant levels of grease, grit, hair, debris and pathogenic micro organisms. The construction and management of OSS are left largely to ineffective local practices and there is lack of holistic septage management practices.

  • Has diesel pricing deregulation helped address toxic risk from diesel vehicles?’

    Jacaranda 2, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

    November 28, 2014

    10 AM-6.00 PM

    Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to a day-long briefing on whether diesel price deregulation has helped bring down the pollution caused by diesel vehicles.

  • The fast growing economy, rapid industrialisation and growing urban population in India along with increasing wastewater generation are reasons for concern and reiterate the need for appropriate water management practices. Centre for Science and Environment recognises this need and has developed a five-day hands on training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on wastewater treatment for industrial and urban wastewater management including reuse and recycle.

About CSE

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. CSE researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable.

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