Draft “Delhi Youth Charter on Climate”

The draft Delhi Youth Charter on Climate is now available for comments.

Delhi Youth Summit on Climate

This Delhi Youth declaration was developed from the 28th to the 29th of May, 2008 at Teen Murti Bhawan during the Delhi Youth Summit on Climate (DYSoC).  The drafting process involved over 80 participants including youth & young professionals of ages 16-30 and observers above that age group.  Participants mostly hailed from Delhi and the NCR region, with quite a few representatives from across India who are also concerned about the climate issues of Delhi.

A copy of the draft Charter was presented to Mr. J.K. Dadoo, Secretary, Environment, Forest & Wildlife, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Chairperson of Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on the 29th of May, before the closing of the Summit.

The draft is now available to the public, for comments and suggestions and for an open discussion.

Download Draft Delhi Youth Charter on Climate

The draft Delhi Youth Charter on Climate is now available for comments till 1400 Hours, June 11th, 2008. The edited charter will be presented to the highest authorities to ensure action is taken and the voice of the youth is heard.

You can also send in your comments to dysoc@delhigreens.org

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Dr. Govind Singh
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Dr. Govind Singh is an Environmentalist, Academician and Consultant based in Delhi and is the Co-Founder of Delhi Greens NGO. He holds a Master's and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi. Dr. Govind Singh has over six years experience of teaching in the University of Delhi and over twelve years experience of working in the Environmental Sector.

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4 thoughts on “Draft “Delhi Youth Charter on Climate”

  1. hi,
    I wants to say that in our indian culture, the earth is our mother and global warming is its fever . so save our mother from this fever. To save our from this fever need some treatment ( Need compact effort from youth, n.g.o. and govenment body )
    so my appeal to all of the above treater & from common man to high profile., .please save our mother from this fever

  2. Hi thanks for putting the draft online. I have a few comments under the following sections:

    WATER:
    When we suggest tariff based system for water supply we also have a moral responsibility to mention exemption of the marginalised and poor from this system. As we have seen from our experience in countries where water is charged or privatised, it is often the poor who pay a heavy toll; often making compromises with their food and medical expenses in order to pay for water. It is a dangerous proposition if we are not sure about how much control will remain with the citizens of Delhi.

    Exploring opportunities for public-private partnership for water supply is another area of concern. Water companies like Suez, Bechtel etc have a terrible track record especially when they enter thrid world countries. Handing out our right to water into a system (PPP) that will govern it on pure economics is not advisable, we have the example of Bolivia for reference. We should instead strive to make the government more accountable which is of course tedious but a safe bet because the right of the resource remains with us.

    WASTE:

    When Mr.Dadoo suggested WTE technology for Delhi’s waste, in his ridiculing of the issue he failed to mention the most crucial aspects of the technology. WTE technology has failed in the west as a sustainable alternative liek incineration and landfilling. The existing “burn” technologies do not have a mechanism to trap deadly toxins like Dioxins and Furans emitted by burning chlorinated stuff. Secondly, these technologies require a great deal of energy to operate, and some facilities have consumed more energy to operate than could be produced. Like classic incinerators and landfills, energy savings from waste prevention and recycling is likely greater than the energy produced in these disposal facilities.

    Even if gasification, pyrolysis, and plasma arc (different burn techs) could be made safe, the question remains: could they be made sensible? As with traditional incineration and landfilling, thees approaches lead to exploiting more natural resources, rather than resource and energy conservation.

    thanks
    dharmesh
    chennai

  3. I did not attend the “Delhi Youth Charter on Climate” as I am out of town for another week. But, I did read it. It is extremely impressive. WTE technology is a brilliant idea because it creates energy in the form electricity or heat from a waste source. This is really going to help!

    The establishment of a peaceful envirnoment by cleaning the parks and maintaining them is a very important point. For many people it is a home. People come and sleep and even use the parks as their bathroom. This should be kept in mind.

    Delhi is progressing very fast with the new malls and metro system .It is truly one of the best cities ever, but now we have to fight global warming. We the youth-if come together can do this 🙂

    Thankyou very much
    Naina
    Delhi

  4. Plese do not be lured by short term alternatives to our problems. Our future is in such soup because our adults made these mistakes.

    These links to news articles will give you an insight into the harmful cosequences of WTE technology.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=e4069d9e-6cdc-41e3-ad21-0028d4c44e65&MatchID1=4698&TeamID1=2&TeamID2=5&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1185&PrimaryID=4698&Headline=Will+this+be+your+poison%3f

    And on the issue of Carbon Credits that is used to as an excuse to promote toxic alternatives; a great read:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7436263.stm

    Dharmesh

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