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Author: Dr. Govind Singh

Dr. Govind Singh is Co-Founder of Delhi Greens organisation and the Editor-in-Chief of the Delhi Greens Blog.
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Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

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The festival of Diwali is no longer a festival of joy alone and is accompanied by misery especially for those suffering from breathing disorders. This is true for the entire NCT of Delhi, which has an alarming population of over 20 million people. Every year during Diwali, the air quality worsens and is worst during and immediately after the Diwali night. The large-scale burning of fire crackers during the Diwali night, which spikes up the already air polluted National Capital is the principal cause of this pollution. This year, the Government of NCT of Delhi has taken significant steps for ensuring the reduction of air pollution due to Diwali. The Government began with writing a letter to all the schools, through its Eco Clubs Scheme. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Manish ...
Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

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Oriental Apartments in Sector-9 of Rohini celebrated the Independence Day this year with another freedom. This was the freedom from the burden of sending thousands of kilograms of solid waste to the already overflowing landfills in Delhi. In doing so, Oriental Apartments showed the way to other Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and colonies on what needs to be done to solve the ongoing waste management crisis in Delhi. Waste management is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge being faced by Delhi, yet one which is least discussed. The waste of Delhi has already created three giant mountains, taller than 80 feet in height, and these landfills have also become killer and are now coming down as landslides. There is thus a need for disruptive innovation in the waste management...
Urban Affairs Ministry Accepts That It Is Cutting 14,031 Trees in Delhi

Urban Affairs Ministry Accepts That It Is Cutting 14,031 Trees in Delhi

Green Alert
File photo of Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, addressing a press conference on the initiatives & achievements of the Ministry during the last four years in New Delhi. In a bizarre press release, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs of the Government of India has agreed that it will be cutting 14,031 trees in and around Sarojini Nagar in South Delhi (technically in South-west district of Delhi). "All the trees are not being cut," the statement begins with some relief. However it then clarifies, "Only 14,031 nos. trees are to be cut out of the existing trees of 21,040 nos." The press release further goes on to say that, "against the 21,040 nos. of existing trees; 23,475 nos. of trees shall be available in these colonies duri...
Is This the Main Cause of Air Pollution in Delhi?

Is This the Main Cause of Air Pollution in Delhi?

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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words: Google Earth image showing a green West Kidwai Nagar (an original Government colony in Delhi) on the left and the redeveloped East Kidwai Nagar "Project" of the MoHUA on the right. Where is the compensatory afforestation? Of the many things Delhi is famous for, the most spacious are its Government colonies located in New Delhi. These include residential areas such as Lodhi Colony, Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, parts of Chanakyapuri, the neighbourhood of India Gate and a few adjoining areas. Most of these have been two-storied structures with abundant parks (and parking) all around. These Government colonies have therefore acted as green buffers for Delhi against air pollution, noise pollution and the congestion and traffic of the...
Environment Day Reminder of the Status of Environment in Delhi

Environment Day Reminder of the Status of Environment in Delhi

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5th June is celebrated as the World Environment Day since 1972. It marks the day when the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (or the Stockholm Conference) convened with participation from 113 nations. This further led to the setting up of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 5th June is the date when global action towards environmental protection receives a fresh impetus. The Environment Day each year usually revolves around a specific theme. The Environment Day theme this year is Beat Plastic Pollution, and the host country of this event this year happens to be India! The celebrations have already begun in New Delhi, with the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) hosting a four day long International Event talking about various asp...
Shimla Does a Cape Town. (And What You Can Do to Help)

Shimla Does a Cape Town. (And What You Can Do to Help)

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Not many would know that Shimla derives its name from Shimlah or Shumlah, a middle-sized village around which the city developed and which was famous for a Fakir who used to give water to travellers. The Shimla of today is urging travellers to not come to their city and to not drink their water. 2018 began with fears of taps in Cape Town, a port city in South Africa, running dry making it the world's first city to completely run out of water. The first deadline for Day Zero was 16 April 2018 and sent alarm bells ringing in Cape Town and across the world. Day Zero would be the day when the water level in the dam that stores drinking water for the city would go so low, that the Cape Town administration will have to shut down water supply to all taps. Drastic water conservation meas...
Gandhi, Environment and the Sustainable Development Pathway

Gandhi, Environment and the Sustainable Development Pathway

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Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, is recognized the world over for his teachings on peace and non-violence. His birth anniversary, 2nd October, is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations. Gandhi's teachings on non-violence were not limited to conflicts between human beings but also highlighted the need for living in harmony with Nature and Natural Resources. His teachings are therefore even more relevant today, at a time when the world is grappling with an imminent environmental crisis in the form of global warming and climate change. Almost a century ago, in 1909, Mahatma Gandhi had already envisioned and identified the insatiable and unending pursuit of material pleasure and development in the Western Society as a threat to the Planet and it...
Lobby, Not Rally for Rivers Is What is Needed to Save Our Lifelines

Lobby, Not Rally for Rivers Is What is Needed to Save Our Lifelines

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Powered by Adani, Mahindra and the Times of India, the respected Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation has called the Nation to Rally for Rivers, and to come together for saving India's rivers. The campaign has been received well by one and all the Nation is now rallying behind its rivers, which are also considered holy and divine in our culture and civilization. However, the key question here is how much of this would actually help in safeguarding our rivers from the rapidly intensifying challenges of over-exploitation and the general lack of political will for river and riverfront protection? While one of the apparent objectives of the Rally for Rivers campaign is to raise awareness on the need to protect our rivers, this objective certainly seems to be achieved, with great...
AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

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Air pollution has become a consistent environmental challenge in Delhi in recent years. An air quality based graded response system is now being put in place which could increase your parking rates and close down schools during peak pollution days. What is important to understand is if it will actually help bring down Delhi's air pollution and what role can citizens play in helping the Government fight this life threatening menace. Here's a quick understanding of this AQI based graded response system. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India directed the framing and submission of graded response action plan for various categories of National Air Quality Index (AQI) on 10 November, 2016. An AQI is a number which considers the health impact of individual air pollutant (e.g. particulate matter, ...
This Summer Make An Ideal Yatra to Imphal, Manipur

This Summer Make An Ideal Yatra to Imphal, Manipur

Green Living
We have already established that the Summer months are the undeclared travel months for most Delhiites. Travelling is an important aspect of human life and it is said that life is a book and those who do not travel keep on reading the same page again and again. All Delhiites are urged to make a regional, national or international trip this summer. We have already shared with you the international destination of the Green City-State Singapore. We now share with you a beautiful and unexplored Indian destination full of beauty and diversity. The travel destination we are introducing is Imphal, the capital of Manipur located in North-east India! Reaching Imphal is easy, easiest among all the other North-eastern state capitals. You can book a direct flight from New Delhi to Imphal. Yo...