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Author: Harshita Upadhyay

Harshita Upadhyay is a Mass Communication student in University of Delhi. She believes in the power of words and is currently interning with the Delhi Greens Organisation.

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Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Not Burst Crackers This Diwali

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Not Burst Crackers This Diwali

Green Living
The festive season has commenced and celebrations are in full swing. From Durga Puja to Dussehra to Diwali, everyone can be seen reveling in the festive mood. Diwali, a festival marking the victory or good over evil, is a major Indian festival celebrated with great amount of zest and zeal across the country. People coming from different walks of life, leave no stone unturned in decorations and preparations for the festival. However, since the past few years, the purpose of the festival has shifted focus from being an occasion of enjoyment and bonding to one of lavish-spending and a mark of one's societal status. Families these days spend exorbitant sums of money on firecrackers and fireworks. This may bring a few seconds of joy for some, but also brings permanent damage to the lungs...
Top Ten Bird Watching Sites in Delhi

Top Ten Bird Watching Sites in Delhi

Green Living
The National Capital Territory of Delhi, with its wetlands and sprawling green cover attracts a wide variety of our winged friends every year. This makes the NCT of Delhi a birdwatcher's paradise. Surprisingly, Delhi is the world's second most bird diversity-rich city, after Nairobi. Over 460 species of birds have been recorded in Delhi so far. If you are an avid birder or a nature lover, then grab your binoculars and/or camera and head out to these ten enticing locations. 1. Yamuna Biodiversity Park Located near Wazirabad Village, the Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) is located on the alluvial plains of River Yamuna in North Delhi. The site is a nature conservation site for native plants which are otherwise becoming locally extinct in Delhi. The park has 457 acres of grasslands, ri...
Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Articles
Considered among the most productive ecosystems on the planet, wetlands account for 4.7% of India's total geographical area. Wetlands are defined as submerged or water saturated lands, which may be natural or artificial, inland or situated in a coastal area, permanent or temporary, having static or flowing water, vegetated or non-vegetated, which necessarily have a land-water interface. According to the Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, 2,01,503 wetlands are spread across the entire nation with Gujarat recording the highest proportion. These wetlands are generally classified into lacusterine, marine, estuarine, riverine and palustrine. Importance of Wetlands Wetlands serve numerous functions, such as: Agricultural benefits: From acting as a source of irrigation to rechargi...
Vodafone Foundation to Provide Free Education to 5 Million

Vodafone Foundation to Provide Free Education to 5 Million

Green Alert
The Vodafone Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales, on 14 June 2017, announced that it will be expanding its ongoing education programmes to aid 5 million marginalized African children who have been kept out of the educational system from the beginning. The announcement came ahead of the World Refugee Day on June 20. The announcement also follows a UNESCO Research conducted in 2014 had found out that there are 263 million children in the age group of 6-17 years who are out of school. A staggering 93 million of these children belong to sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, there are millions of children who have access to schools but fail to acquire basic reading and writing skills; predominantly in the developing regions of the world. While administrative bodies across...
Petition Committee Rebukes PWD Over False Claims of De-Silted Drains

Petition Committee Rebukes PWD Over False Claims of De-Silted Drains

Green Alert
Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Pandav Nagar (Delhi) had submitted a Petition on 29 May 2017, alleging failure on part of Public Works Department (PWD), Government of NCT of Delhi and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi in discharging their duties of de-silting the drains for preventing water-logging in Delhi. The Petition, countersigned by Sanjeev Jha (MLA), was directed to the Delhi Assembly Petitions Committee for further probe into the matter. The Committee recently came out with its Report on this matter and tabled it in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi 0n 30 June, 2017. Click here to Download and Read this Report The Report is a MUST READ for every citizen of Delhi who wants to understand why water-logging takes place in Delhi year after year despite promises and tall cla...
Infosys Unveils Sustainability Report 2016-17

Infosys Unveils Sustainability Report 2016-17

Corporate Greening
Climate change and sustainable development continue to be the most-discussed topics of recent times, with a myriad of rules and guidelines laid down to keep the stability of natural systems intact. The GRI or Global Reporting Initiative is one such international organisation that assists businesses and other organisations in analyzing and communicating the impacts of their actions on environment, society and the economy. The G4 Guidelines, now GRI Standards, help generate significant information that can promote effective decision-making by companies and their stakeholders. Tech giant, Infosys, has recently revealed its Sustainability Report 2016-17 which is in-tandem with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines. The company has also completed a decade of reporting on susta
PMI Programme Reduces Child Labour Tobacco Farming in South India

PMI Programme Reduces Child Labour Tobacco Farming in South India

National
Child labour has plagued the society for years. According to the the 2011 Census of India, 4.35 million children between the age of 5-14 years are estimated to be employed as child labourers in the country. These alarming figures have forced the authorities and various organisations to take effective steps towards curbing this menace. IPM India, the wholesale trading arm of Philip Morris International (PMI) in India, has initiated several such programs in the tobacco growing areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. These programs have resulted in an increased school attendance in the region, with more and more children attending school. Prevention of Child labor and Rural Development in tobacco growing villages of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is a project undertaken through a volun...