Environment Day, 2007: Events in the City!
A lot is happening in the city this Environment Day. Issues such as the cutting of trees and land use changes along the Yamuna floodplains have been the central issues and will continue to haunt us until such activities cease to occur.
While the Department of Environment (Delhi Govt.) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) will celebrate the day in their own unique way, TreesForDelhi – an action group in Delhi will be organising an event outside the Siri Fort Auditorium. The event aims at drawing attention to the squash and badminton court, proposed in the area at the cost of over 500 trees.
It will also address the building/covering up of the water channel next to the auditorium, which after flowing further will again be covered up for road widening. The event will also raise awareness on the importance of trees and press for the call for a mandatory 3 metre treeline all along the proposed transport corridor. All interested citizens are required to be present at the said venue at 1730 hours at the Sirifort Auditorium Crossing.
The British Council will also be showcasing a preview of 7 short films on environment on 5th June at 1815 Hours. Click here for registration and more information. The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) has also organised a poster making competition for children.
Meanwhile, authorities at the Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) have invited students from all over the city to come and plant a tree each, in the Park. Those interested should reach YBP at 0930 Hours on the 5th. A small function has also been organised.