- Thursday, April 9, 2009, 10:13
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We are all starving for attention and it is very encouraging to know that you are there reading and thinking about what you read. Your feedbacks are very encouraging and valuable and I greatly appreciate them. This has prompted a new idea….
By way of background here is how it all began. Together with six global ... Full story
- Thursday, April 9, 2009, 8:31
- Green Jobs
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The Centre for Social Markets (CSM)
has an immediate opening for a COP15 Campaign Co-ordinator in its Delhi office.
CSM is a leading non-profit organization with offices in India and the UK working to promote leadership on climate change and sustainability issues. 2009 is the year of action on climate change and ... Full story
- Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 17:07
- Green Jobs
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Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
invites people to participate in its Green Rating programme. Under this programme, CSE rates industries based on their environmental performance. Information for the programme is collected directly from the industries as well as from other secondary sources such as State Pollution Control Board (SPCB)s, local newspapers ... Full story
- Thursday, April 2, 2009, 11:47
- Green News
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In Delhi more and more of us are living in multistoried apartments, with barely a balcony or a veranda, as our window to the clear blue sky. That too often gets enclosed in glass to expand the living spaces. Every inch of space is so darn expensive. We too, when we moved from Madras ... Full story
- Thursday, April 2, 2009, 3:20
- Events, Green Jobs
- 1,122 views
Wondering what to do this June? Hoping to understand more about climate change and learn grassroots organizing skills from experts? We’ve got your ticket!
at this year’s Climate Advocacy Institute, sponsored by Bloomfield College, the International Debate Education Association and 350.org. The Climate Advocacy Institute will be held in Decemco, ... Full story
- Sunday, March 29, 2009, 0:46
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Braving the Rain to Keep the Torch Burning
Rain and thundershowers rocked Dilli Haat minutes before the stage was set for the formal launch and the curtain raiser of the Earth Hour. The launch had invited everyone from Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General TERI and the Chairperson of the Intergovernmnental Panel on Climate Change ... Full story
- Saturday, March 28, 2009, 13:41
- Green News
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Imagine a city with so many vehicles on the road that what seems to be a nasty traffic jam is actually a regulation red light. Now imagine the same city adding well over 700 cars to its roads every day. Now imagine the situation when the Nano hits our streets.
Everybody now knows that we in Delhi own more cars than the other three metros put together. The city government understands this, of course, and works to make our lives easier. But even as Delhi widens its roads, constructs flyovers and invests heavily in ensuring that citizens don’t lose faith in their cars, cities across the world are focusing on enhancing and promoting public transport.
We live in a world today where everything, including development, is climate-constrained. In cities across the globe, the personal automobile is the single-largest polluter. There are significant local problems, including measurably adverse impacts on human health. The impact is most when one sits marooned in traffic, surrounded by cars with their engines idling. Imagine your commute, and how often that happens: now think just how much poison you’ve inhaled already.
But surely we aren’t completely oblivious to public transport? The city takes great pride in the Delhi Metro. It’s already been declared a technological and financial success, and each successive phase has been executed well in time. But, though the Metro has been successful in connecting several parts of Delhi, it has come at a huge environmental cost. Trees had to be uprooted and the underground stretches have impacted the groundwater status in the city. Further, any structure underground is a potential hazard, especially in the event of an earthquake, and Delhi falls in a seismically active zone. Full story
- Saturday, March 28, 2009, 11:03
- Green Jobs
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Development Alternatives, a non-profit organisation established in 1983 creating large scale sustainable livelihoods is organising a Capacity Building Series (2008- 09) for Participatory Planning and Decision Making using - Geographical Information System (GIS)
OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING
To make participants understand the basics of Geographic Information System (GIS) and how it can facilitate in planning and decision making
To acquaint them with tools, techniques and information that would be required to undertake GIS application in various thematic areas (NRM, Disaster Management, watershed development etc)
To share DA’s experiences in using GIS for various development projects
Dates: 21 to 23rd April 2009
Venue: Indian Council of Social Science Research, JNU Institutional Area, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi
Professionals working in Government & NGOs, or other agencies and functionaries who are interested in map learning using GIS for their respective organisations.
Fee: INR 7,500 per participant (The Training fee covers food during the training hours, course material and field visits)
Knowledge and experience from the training
Field Exposure and further learning
Manuals and training material
Networking opportunity for you
For more information and to register, contact:
Online Nomination Form
(Last Date: 15th April 2009)
TARA Livelihood Academy
111/9-Z, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj,
- Friday, March 27, 2009, 11:44
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is an annual international event organised by WWF
(World Wide Fund for Nature), and held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.... Full story
- Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 16:51
- Green News
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The city of Delhi has grown in two ways. The planned part of the city has grown with the help of the DDA. It has supported the city by planning the physical infrastructure first and then the housing residential areas overlaid on it. That means the roads the sewage the electricity and the water supply pipelines were laid out first. The planning also included open spaces like parks and playgrounds. In addition there were plots of land earmarked for institutional areas such as hospitals and schools and colleges etc. Then plots of lands were allocated for housing to be constructed as either independent houses or flats in multi-storied buildings.
This is the standard way in which most cities in independent India have grown. This ensures there is someone, residents living in these colonies and co-operative societies, paying for the services for the infrastructure that is in place. This is an important part of operation and maintenance costs that are needed to keep the infrastructure functional.
Interspersed between this planned developments are villages that existed before the lands were taken over by the authorities. These have the modern infrastructure amenities superimposed on the settlement after the city has grown around it. These villages and their open and occupied lands do not come under the DDA. Like any settlement which needs open spaces for its settlers these villages also have open grounds, cremation spaces, village forest lands, grazing lands etc. These are also called the Lal Dora lands. But when the modern city grew around these settlements the price of these lands became very high to keep them vacant. Hence these were built up and rented out as commercial property.