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On Being an International Climate Champion 2010

On Being an International Climate Champion 2010

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Youth today are the agents of change and I am fortunate and excited to belong to same enthusiastic age group! Life is a precious gift, so everyone can and should contribute their part to make this world a better place to live in, in every way that one can. This is our world and our people so lets join hands and work for a better tomorrow. That’s my vision and I want to be part of facilitating this transformation. And that is what led me to apply for, pursue and become the International Climate Champion 2010, as part of a British Council Programme. First of all, I would like to thank the entire Delhi Greens team and specially Govind Sir for his continuous support and guidance. My association with Delhi Greens was my first countable step towards environment which brought me closer to
Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

Changing Climate, Suffering Life Forms

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are to miss the future” - John. F. Kennedy Well that’s an apt statement truly depicting man’s present suffering based on his previous actions of non-judicious use of resources. Change is the law of nature and the earth has witnessed it for billions of years. As it was a natural and gradual process then, so the ecosystem could adapt to the change without any adverse impacts. But the increased human interference in the present times has disrupted the natural balance. Climate change is a consequence of the same and is having far-reaching and catastrophic social impacts affecting communities in different ways. People in dev
Welcome 2010: International Year of Biodiversity!

Welcome 2010: International Year of Biodiversity!

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The term ‘Biodiversity’, as defined by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, is the variety of all forms of life, from genes to species, present throughout in the narrow to the broad scale of ecosystems. "Biodiversity" was coined as a contraction of "biological diversity" in 1985 by the W.G. Rosen for the first planning meeting of the 'National Forum on Biodiversity' held in Washington DC (September 1986), the proceedings of which (E.O. Wilson and F.M. Peter, 1988) brought the notion of biodiversity to the attention of a wide field of scientists and others. But over the years, the new term arguably has taken on a meaning and import of its own. Why is Biodiversity important? Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, have an important role t
Hindustan Times – Brightest Young Climate Leaders (BYCL) 2010

Hindustan Times – Brightest Young Climate Leaders (BYCL) 2010

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COME WITH YOUR PLAN AND IMPLEMENT THE CHANGE Hindustan Times - Brightest Young Climate Leaders (BYCL) 2010 is an exclusive national platform to select, felicitate and recognize the TOP 50 brightest young minds in India who have been involved with climate change ideas, initiatives or activities. The Brightest young climate leaders may be from the private or public sector, entrepreneurs, youth or student leaders who have shown exemplary work in the field of climate change mitigation. They will be chosen from a nationwide application and nomination process in association with Hindustan Times and will be recognised at the national BYCL summit in February 2010.The summit will also bring together exceptional set of judges and mentors who are making a difference in the field of climate change th...
Prithvi Ratna: National Essay Writing Competition by WWF-India

Prithvi Ratna: National Essay Writing Competition by WWF-India

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Participate in the MoEF and WWF-India’s Essay Writing Competition and you can be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. MoEF and WWF-India has organised an Essay Writing Competition giving all young people a chance to be a part of the International Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen this year. BE A PART OF THE CHANGE, BECOME A YOUNG CLIMATE GUARDIAN Topic of the ESSAY: You are India's future generation - How can you lead / influence the climate change challenge to ensure a sustainable future for the country and the planet? Entries can be submitted in BOTH English and Hindi Eligibility: Competition is open to all youth between the ages 16 to 21 years and residing in India Deadline: October 23, 2009 to submit the essay by registe
October 5: World Habitat Day

October 5: World Habitat Day

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Let's stand up on World Habitat Day and let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere—in our communities, in our towns, in our country, in our world. The United Nations has designated the first Monday of each October as World Habitat Day. This year, Habitat for Humanity in USA has invited the international community from around the world in support of this global observance and come together to declare that the lack of decent, affordable housing is unacceptable. According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security. Raising awareness and advocating for change
CHIRAG: Swades Ki Khoj  2009 – Training Programme

CHIRAG: Swades Ki Khoj 2009 – Training Programme

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EXPERIENCE the RURAL INDIA!!! CHIRAG is organizing a two week foundation course meant for youth, in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand. The foundation course seeks to provide an orientation about life in rural India. The course will commence with an exploration of issues and tools to understand and analyse life in villages. The course will include sessions on different aspects of village life. The course will be interspersed with visits to villages – including night-stays in homes. Following are the working areas: Primary education, primary health care, rural livelihoods. And an year long opportunity to experience environmental regeneration in village life! Eligibility: Anyone between the ages of 21 and 28, with a graduate degree or a diploma (after 12th standard) and 2 years of w
Wanted: A More Intelligent Green Design!

Wanted: A More Intelligent Green Design!

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Green Gadgets and Core77 invites all to generate outstanding design innovations for greener electronics. Designers are invited to explore the concept of "Greener Gadgets" to create the greenest blueprint solving issues behind energy, carbon footprint, health and toxicity, product lifestyle or social development. Challenge: All you need to do is – Make a short (maximum 200 words) description of  project separately and include text in the composition of images. Designs should seek to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product lifecycle. Designers can focus on a particular area of human enterprise (learning, playing, communicating, etc.), or a particular context (work, home, school, etc.), a particular material, or a specific device. Areas
48°C – My Close CALL With PEOPLE

48°C – My Close CALL With PEOPLE

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"To 100 different people a small little thing appears different. Well that’s diversity of human perception." Being free in winter vacations, I thought of volunteering for 48°C – ‘Delhi’s First Public Art Ecology Festival’ (of which Delhi Greens was a partner) and had varied experiences which I penned down to share it here on the blog.   So to begin with I would like to talk of the orientation session I attended at the Rose Garden of DU's Vice-Chancellor's Office opposite the Kamla Nehru Ridge in North Campus. As volunteer manager, Ms. Vasudha Mehta started explaining about the festival till all the volunteers gathered, followed by the distribution of pamphlets - a passing by old man interrupted, “Ye calender dena bachon”. Well, that was his perception and my first on record reactio
Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

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As has been the trend, the ambient air and noise pollution levels for Deepawali 2008 were monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The results after data analysis for Deepawali 2008 were finally what we have been trying to achieve since a long time. Findings reveal that noise levels as well as air pollution levels this year have gone down with respect to Deepawali 2007.   This could be due to the following two reasons: Bursting of lesser number of crackers. Favourable meteorological conditions like increased mixing of height and temperature, both being higher than Deepawali 2007. This monitoring was conducted at seven and nine places all over Delhi, for air and noise pollution levels respectively. Level of SO2 declined considerably at all locations as com