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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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Trees Outside National Green Tribunal Deconcretized

Trees Outside National Green Tribunal Deconcretized

Green Lens
Charity, they say, begins at home. So does good greening! Trees outside the National Green Tribunal were deconcretized today, ahead of the next hearing on the deconcretisation of Delhi trees case (to be held on 12th July 2013). Delhi Greens has been actively supporting the campaign against deconcretisation of Delhi trees, which has now taken a legal turn for good.
National Institute of Disaster Management Invites Applications for Various Posts

National Institute of Disaster Management Invites Applications for Various Posts

Green Jobs
The National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India invites applications for the following posts purely on contractual basis: One Post of Senior Consultant (Hydro-meteorology): Pay Rs. 70,000/- pm plus + Rs. 8,000/-pm conveyance One Post of Consultant (Meteorology): Pay Rs. 50,000/- pm + 4500/-pm conveyance One post of Junior Consultant (Environmental Sciences/Life Sciences): Pay Rs. 35,000/-pm + Rs. 2,500/-pm conveyance One post of Junior Consultant (Hydrology/Meteorology): Pay Rs. 35,000/-pm + Rs. 2,500/-pm conveyance One post of Junior Consultant (Human Behavior/Community Development): Pay Rs. 35,000/-pm + Rs. 2,500/-pm conveyance One post of Junior Consultant (Multi-Disciplinary/Cross-Cutting Issues): Pay Rs. 35,00...
The Gods Have Spoken

The Gods Have Spoken

Articles
Ever wondered why Gods chose the remote and impassable Himalayas as their abode for us to visit? Why couldn’t ‘they’ have located themselves at the now Metro ride away Kashmere Gate or the then barren, uninhabited and higher Delhi Ridge? Surely that would have saved a lot of energy and resources and would have avoided tragic disasters like the one we are presently witnessing. Why then did the omnipotent and omniscient Gods chose invincible places like Kedarnath, Badrinath and Hemkunt Sahib as their abodes? The answer lies in the awe-inspiring and mighty Himalayas and the understanding and manifestation of God through this power of Nature. Religion and culture developed at a time when Nature was seen as a supreme power, not an object to be conquered. The upper Himalayas were inaccess
Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

Articles
Activists and researchers working on River Yamuna in Delhi have long declared it sick and dead. River Yamuna is also considered to be a drain, as it flows through the eastern part of India's national capital: Delhi. Not only does Delhi gulp down every single drop of water in River Yamuna, it even sends out requests to the upstream state of Haryana to "release more water" in the peak summer months of April-May. However, it is certainly not administrative delays in addressing Delhi's requests as to why Haryana releases MUCH MORE water in River Yamuna than Delhi asked for, in the following months of June-July-Aug! A major part of North India remains hot and dry until the month of May, during which time the water demand of the region peaks. The water demand peaks maximum in Delhi whi...
Status Check of ‘Our Common Environment’ Worrisome

Status Check of ‘Our Common Environment’ Worrisome

Articles
5th June - Environment Day - serves as a day in focus when the world's attention is drawn towards the otherwise urgent issue of environmental protection. Global citizens unite on this day for this cause and are engaged by Governments, active media agencies, non-profits and environmental organisations and are urged to pledge their support in protecting our environment. Led by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the day also acts as a common binder for the global community working for the protection and conservation of nature, natural resources and our common environment. This year, the theme chosen for the Environment Day was Think > Eat > Save. The chosen theme is very important since capitalistic media backed retail stores have altered our thinking capacity (on...
Delhi Greens to Promote Environmental Laws Starting Earth Day 2013

Delhi Greens to Promote Environmental Laws Starting Earth Day 2013

Articles
Earth Rise: The Apollo 8 image of the Earth from lunar orbit (Dec 24, 1968). "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." - Apollo 8 broadcast 22nd April is celebrated as Earth Day, a day when more than one billion people come together to take part in calling for action for protecting the only Planet we call 'Home'.  The history of Earth Day dates back to 1970 when, after the 1969 massive oil spill in California, Santa Barbara, the then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson founded the concept of Earth Day. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Gaylord Nelson realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto
This Earth Day, Help Take Legal Action for Freedom of Trees

This Earth Day, Help Take Legal Action for Freedom of Trees

Green Alert
The concretisation of trees in Delhi is rampant amidst the ad hoc urbanisation taking place in the city. The concretisation is proving to be an imminent threat to the survivability of the heritage trees in Delhi and is leading to their choking and consequent death. This is despite the fact that existing policies and laws do not allow such concretisation and choking of the trees to take place. However, as is true for many other cases, the sighting of large number of concretised trees in Delhi indicates that the law is not being implemented. Fortunately, on 18.10.2010, the Government of India set up the National Green Tribunal (NGT) under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010. The setting up of the NGT has been the most significant milestone as it is set out to play a critical role for t...
Beware: Toxins on Your Plate

Beware: Toxins on Your Plate

Green Lens
Vegetables grown along River Yamuna, in its floodplain in the NCT of Delhi, are being reported to be laden with heavy metals and pesticides. Despite this, regulation and check on pollution control are regularly failing thereby threatening the health of each and every citizen of Delhi.
Unabated Burning of Leaves Calls for Urgent Attention

Unabated Burning of Leaves Calls for Urgent Attention

Articles, Green Lens
Smoke from burning leaves engulfing a residential block in Lodhi Colony. The air pollution levels in the National Capital area are among the highest in the country. The addition of an ever increasing number of cars and other automobiles in Delhi only make the situation worse. However, and as if that wasn't enough, the Spring season in Delhi witnesses large scale burning of fallen leaves by citizens and institutions alike. The Spring  season in Delhi is otherwise beautiful with flowers of every colour dotting the city's  landscape. It is also the time when trees shed their old leaves either to grow new ones or as an adaptation to beat the heat of the approaching summer months. The fallen leaves of the Spring season collect in large numbers and are unfortunately treated as litter.
Yamuna Yatra to Delhi: Wake Up Call for Delhiites

Yamuna Yatra to Delhi: Wake Up Call for Delhiites

Articles
A public notice on the enclosure along a bridge on River Yamuna in Delhi. River Yamuna is the principal fresh water source for the over 1.67 crore (16+ million) population of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Already, the city is parched and there is a gap of over 250 million gallons (per day) between water demand and supply. This 250 million gallons is perhaps entirely met by drilling of private borewells. The indiscriminate dependency on Delhi's ground water resource is evident from the rapidly declining ground water table which has fallen beyond recovery in some parts of the NCT. As if this wasn't enough,  surface and ground water quality in Delhi is increasingly getting contaminated with biological and potentially toxic pollutants. A large part of Delhi's ground wat