Celebrating the Man Behind Delhi Greens!

Govind Singh
Govind Singh - Founder, Delhi Greens

Conventional is what he doesn’t look for in life….attracted to nature…and in love with environment. Asked him what his ideal way of spending Valentine ’s Day and without a blink of his eyes he will tell you, “Visiting the Yamuna, walking in the Delhi Ridge …” That’s the man behind Delhi Greens, Govind Singh. As an answer to my question whether he believes in celebrating birthday, he replied saying ‘life is too big a thing to be celebrated just a day ….it needs to be celebrated each day’.

But a day like today in all days of the year can be counted worthy enough putting a blog post celebrating the man who gave birth to this blog. The struggle to save trees in north campus Delhi University where he was pursuing his masters resulted in a beautiful outcome, the very platform I take the pride of writing this on.

Govind Singh is currently a PhD Scholar in the University of Delhi. After graduating in Plant Sciences, he pursued his Masters in Environmental Studies from the School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. His contribution towards bringing a change among the youth is highly commendable. He has bridged the gap of duty and responsibility so well and encouraged many young people to work for the environment before it’s too late. He has considerable experience in organising local as well as global action on climate change and his areas of interest and expertise range from Urban Ecology, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity Conservation, Gender Studies and Disaster Management. Govind is a Climate Project presenter and co-founder of the Center for Climate Justice & Equity.

His vision and passion for environment has drove Delhi Greens to many heights of success and people who have been associated with the organization are all witnesses to it. Delhi being his first love has reaped many benefits when it comes to its environment. He has given birth to many beautiful ideas and concept like the Delhi Urban eco-tour. A lot can be said about him and many things could be ascribe to him but one thing that definitely suits him will be “Unconventional”.

So, here is a tribute to him, an unconventional way of wishing him “happy birthday”. A written wish and a silent honor to the one who deserves all the very good things in life and a bright successful future!!

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14 thoughts on “Celebrating the Man Behind Delhi Greens!

  1. Wow….This seems like the absolute birthday present… 😉

    I don’t know Govind so well… but i do know him well enough to say that he is a man whose actions and work speak for him.
    Honestly speaking, when i went for the interview for the SOIP by Delhi Greens, I thought I’ll have a heart attack but Govind’s calm yet fast and sweet talking actually made me feel at ease. lol.

    Even a great round of applause isn’t enough for the hard work he has been putting in to save our environment.

    Hope there’ll be more people like you..!! =)

    Wish you a Very Happy Birthday!!!
    Hope you get all or most of what you wish for!!
    Have an awesome one!!
    =D

  2. TRULY a great way to wish GOVIND Sir….
    A great person so down to earth so helping
    Best as guide and very sweet as boss….
    Thank you sir ….
    MAY OUR & Delhi Greens vision of GREEN Delhi is accompalished !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

  3. Pranam.
    Govind Ji
    Happy Birthday,

    Love with environment.
    Sir,
    Subject :- Soliciting your co-operation in fulfilling our sacred mission of cleaning the Yamuna River.
    A plan to clean and stop pollution in Yamuna within 7 months.

    My,
    aimis to serve the nation in various ways. You must be aware of the pollution being caused due to the disposal of used flowers and other worship materials in our Holy River Yamuna , and carried by all the rivers of India. Our organization, YFF, has undertaken a project to clean the rivers of INDIA starting with The YAMUNA, which will be starting from Delhi .
    We have devised a 3 Point Programme to help clean YAMUNA RIVER in DELHI.
    A) To stop people from throwing the Ceremonial flowers / Poly bags etc in YAMUNA River.
    B)All things being currently thrown in YAMUNA to be collected & a recycling process to be initiated.
    C) To organize children currently engaged in coin collecting & rag picking and give them employment & education.

    Sir,
    I Gopi Dutt want to draw your attention to problem that Delhi has been facing since as long as 10 yrs now. I am talking about the pollution in Yamuna caused by devotional material, Polybags, Flowers etc. Our govt., different NGOs and now Maharaja Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji have put their best efforts to clean up the river.

    Sri Sri Maharaja Ji is a spiritual guru he has no desire or want for money or fame. From South Africa to America, Iraq to Kashmir people worship him and follow him. Whole world wants to meet him, seem him and Seek his blessings, still he took over the charge to clean the Yamuna in Delhi from various disposed things. Maharaja Sri did the work with his own hands, he tried cleaning up the river by picking up the disposal on his own. He is the first spiritual guru in the world who left popularity and still tried to clean the Life Line of Delhi – The Yamuna. Do you know why? He did this to awaken Delhi. But did we WAKE UP?

    24/4/10 Maharaja Ji finished up his tasks and camps associated with the river and cleaning up river banks. And on 25/4/10 people of Delhi disposed approx. 3,50,000kgs of used hawan samagri, flowers etc. I have some pictures to show this.

    The same way other NGOs, NDTV, the CM of Delhi (Yamuna Mei Jaan Dalo) with various programmes and camps have been trying to clean up the Yamuna but due to lack of a disposal sytempeople still turn to Yamuna for disposing the used materials during pujas into the Yamuna. We need a Disposal System that stops people from throwing these materials in the River. Even though Sri Ravi Shankar Ji tried his best to clean up the river but people still dispose off the samagri and flowers into the river which results that the efforst put in by all the people associated with the cleaning up the River in Vain.

    We all have been trying to clean it up for the past 10 yrs but it hasn’t stopped yet. Does anyone have a plan to stop this that here is no further need to clean n re-clean the river? The problem is that we only create awareness that people should not pollute the river but there are no measures taken to stop this pollution.

    Very soon Delhi is conducting the Common Wealth Games and people from all over the globe are going to travel the city. They talk about Indian Culture which fascinates them, but what are they going to think when they see the flowers used in worshipping God 10 minutes back are in the garbage can or in the river polluting it? What message are we delivering to them? We have to stop this pollution before other nationals start noticing.

    I have researched about the whole polluting issues for the past 7 years; have also noticed it in 22 different states. I have found the cause and the Solution of the problem. During my research I have met CM’s of different states and have brought their attention to the issue. I have also met the religious heads of different religions and they have all agreed upon the solution I have now. According to the time limits and need of the hour. They have found my solution to be the best possible way as there is no other option that stops pollution in as soon as 7 months after being implemented.

    In 2006, I met the President APJ Abdul Kalam and the Vice President B.S. Shekhawat and discussed the whole plan with them. The president initiated the project and promised to keep it running believing that this is the only way to save Yamuna.

    I have run the plan in small yet different places to check if what I had researched and concluded can be done practically. Thankfully, it was successful everywhere it was implemented.

    Now I want to implement the whole plan in the region of Delhi so that we can clean Yamuna and stop it from polluting further in future.

    I am planning to conduct a 40 days programme called Delhi ki Ganga – Yamuna Mahotsav. ( Swachcha Delhi – Swachcha Yamuna )
    We would be highly obliged if you could kindly help us in organizing this and give us a meeting time where we could explain our Programme in detail.

    Fresh Air….
    Fresh Idea….
    Fresh Talent….
    Fresh Energy….
    I need your support Sir. Jai Hind
    Thanking you.
    Kind Regards,
    Gopi Dutt Akash
    98185-92979
    President – Youth Fraternity Foundation
    e- yff.india@gmail.com

  4. Hi Govind,

    Many many returns of the day. May all your dreams come true.

    I really appreciate your work and your team for all the activities that are being taken for making Delhi greener. Your work will inspire lots of youth to take up green activities.

  5. jeez…this article/dedication is one of the best things anyone could gift Govind.

    Just having joined Delhi Greens as an intern,i hardly know Govind.But everything about the way he works…be it the decisions that he takes,the amount of effort he puts in,the way he talks in his calm quiet voice and most of all the selflessness in his work…everything makes me believe in the fact that he will always be successful in achieving any goal that he undertakes…

    Thank you soo much Govind and the rest of the Delhi Greens team for the valuable experience you guys gave me while I was working along with you.

    and…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! i hope and pray that today comes with a beginning to the best ever days in your life….cheers to Govind and Delhi Greens!!!!

  6. Happy birthday, Govind…Hope God give you more strength to continue on your path of preserving the environment…All the best for your future…

    The write-up is quite a lovely gift, indeed…..

  7. Thank you guys for all your kind and beautiful words and the warm wishes. They really mean a lot! A very special thanks to Impuri for this amazing and indeed an unconventional gift! 🙂

    All of your words have been very inspiring and indeed very motivational to do even more and I am sure your good wishes will surely help me do that. Thanks again for this!

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