Following is an open letter from the TreesforDelhi Action Group to the citizens of Delhi on World Environment Day. ‘TreesforDelhi’ is a coalition of a group of concerned citizens and environment NGOs, who have come forward to launch a campaign against extensive tree cutting taking place in the city. Lend a ray of support to thousands of trees being cut in Delhi. Take a stand against anti-environment city planning on the World Environment Day – June 5. ‘TreesforDelhi’ is attempting to save the trees that are marked for felling for the construction of the first phase of the High Capacity Bus Service (HCBS) in South-Central Delhi and for various construction activities taking place in the city. Trees guard us against pollution, hot summers and lack of water. Cutting trees would make Delhi
World Environment Day (WED) is created to promote environmental issues to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development. It promotes an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues and advocates partnership that will ensure all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. WED embodies this approach, raising awareness, encouraging people to voice their thoughts and do their utmost to improve the environment. WED falls each year on 5th of June. By resolution 2994 (XXVII) of December 15, 1972, the General Assembly of United Nations designated June 5 as World Environment Day, to deepen public awareness of the need to preserve and enhance the environment. That date was chosen because it was the opening day of the
A lot is happening in the city this Environment Day. Issues such as the cutting of trees and land use changes along the Yamuna floodplains have been the central issues and will continue to haunt us until such activities cease to occur. While the Department of Environment (Delhi Govt.) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) will celebrate the day in their own unique way, TreesForDelhi - an action group in Delhi will be organising an event outside the Siri Fort Auditorium. The event aims at drawing attention to the squash and badminton court, proposed in the area at the cost of over 500 trees. It will also address the building/covering up of the water channel next to the auditorium, which after flowing further will again be covered up for road widening. The event will also rais
To mark the World Environment Day 2007, India International Centre's Nature Group will be holding a conference with some presentations. Lead presentation by Shri Manoj Misra, Convenor, Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan Discussants: Shri S.K. Mishra, Chairperson, INTACH; Shri Rajendra Singh, Magasasay Award winner & Jal Biradari; and Dr. B. Gopal, Professor of Environmental Sciences, JNU Chair: Prof. M.G.K. Menon (Collaboration: Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, Pani Morcha and Peace Institute) Date: 5 - June - 2007 Time: 1800 Hours Venue: Conference Room -1, India International Centre, Lodi Estate, New Delhi - 110 003
World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The World Environment Day slogan selected for 2007 is Melting Ice – a Hot Topic? In support of International Polar Year, the WED theme selected for 2007 focuses on the effects that climate change is having on polar ecosystems and communities, and the ensuing consequences around the world. The UNEP's WED Website also provides some promotional material which includes a World Environment Day booklet and some posters, etc. If you are organising some local event in your area/organisation, you can also register your activity with UNEP by clicking here.
The following is an open invitation from Mr. Ajit Kumar INVITATION FOR SEMINAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT GULMOHAR HALL, INDIA HABITAT CENTRE AT 6:30 PM ON 4th of JUNE 2007. Dear Friends, It is our honour to invite you for launch of an Interactive Seminar Series (Bimonthly) on Climate Change on Monday, 4 June 2007 at 6:30 pm at the Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The Oceanic Group (TOG), a non-profit society is organizing this seminar in collaboration with the India Habitat Centre. The Inaugural Speaker of this 1st Seminar is Prof Syed Hasnain, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Calicut and a leading expert on Glaciers. Dr Prodipto Ghosh, Environment Secretary to the Government of India will chair the launch of the se
Cleaner Yamuna: Greener Delhi The Yamuna in Delhi has been in a bad shape for quite some time now. The Commonwealth Games' construction on its floodplains has only aggravated this to such as extent that concerned citizens and action groups are losing patience by the hour. There is a visible difference between the water quality at Palla (where the Yamuna enters Delhi) and at Okhla (where it leaves Delhi). As the Yamuna traverses through the city, it is slowly converted from a river to a drain - and a very dirty one at that. It seems Delhi lives in the delusion that the River enters the city (only) to serve its needs and there is no other city/town/village downstream of Okhla that needs the river. Overlooking the Commonwealth Games' effect, the the change of status of Yamuna (from a river
The following is a guest article. The writer, Francis Njuguna is a resident of Kenya. At present, he is a final semester student of M.A. Environmental Studies at the School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. He will be leaving for his home country soon and wishes to return to Delhi, this time to impart (environmental) education to school children. _______ I happen to come from a city in Africa where infrastructure is adored and the luxury of skyscrapers and high-rise residential apartments catches the imagination of every urbanite with much greater tenacity than the grandeur and calmness that come from the pristine wilderness, a characteristic now left to the less industrialised countryside. This city is Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where the idea of modernisation and nature con
Following is a Gap Analysis of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report of the Central Secretariat to Badarpur Corridor available on the Delhi Metro's Website (here) at this link. GAP ANALYSIS, Delhi Metro’s EIA Report of Central Secretariat to Badarpur Corridor The key gaps identified are in valuing the ecosystem services provided by the trees and the unthoughtful Positive Environmental Impacts that are listed.
Finally, the Prime Minister of India - Dr. Manmohan Singh has realized that Economic Growth - in the absence of the concept of sustainable development may do wonders for India but it cannot and will not work for Bharat. His speech to the Captains of Industry at the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) last week talked of a ten-fold path for corporate India which included offering jobs to the less -privileged, resist excessive remuneration to promoters and senior executives and discourage conspicuous consumption, invest in environment-friendly technologies, desist from anti-competitive behaviour, promote enterprise and innovation, fight corruption, etc. We hope the speech will be followed by some form of policy intervention which will ensure that his vision is adopted by the entire co