Of Forests and Floods – A Speculative Podcast Special Episode of NOOL

The Aarey Forest has been on the frontlines of a battle between environmental/indigenous activists and the State since 2014, the narrative offers a moment of possibility towards a different future.

CC BY-SA 3.0 Photo by  Frederickarcher. Aarey, a green belt zone (foreground) in contrast with the high-rises of Goregaon suburb (background)Subscribe via RSS or ITunes

In October 2019, the UN published a report that coastal cities such as Mumbai faced an existential threat by 2050 due to rising sea levels, if global emissions continued unabated. In this special episode of NOOL, first aired on KPFA's APEX Express, we bring you an audio story, an experiment in speculative multi-species ethnography!

The city of Mumbai is imagined from the future, when the landscape has been returned to its prior amphibious ecology, after the Great Floods of 2042. Presented in the voice of the Aarey Forest, which has been on the frontlines of a battle between environmental/indigenous activists and the State since 2014, the narrative offers a retreat to the present as a moment of possibility towards a different future. 
Show Co-Produced by Anuj Vaidya & Preeti Shekar