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DoE to Host Annual Eco-Clubs Meet & Exhibition

Events
The Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi has been successfully running Eco-Clubs in the schools and colleges of Delhi under the National Green Corps (NGC) programme. These Eco-Clubs are playing an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst the future generation. Over 2000 Eco-Clubs have been established in Government, Aided, Private and Public Schools and Colleges in the NCT of Delhi. The DoE provides a token grant to each Eco Club School/College for undertaking various eco-friendly activities during each academic year. From time to time, the DoE also hosts meetings of such Eco-Clubs in order to bring together all the green work and inspire more and more students to come forward for green action. The next such Annual “Eco-Meet cum Exhibition” in
Delhi Lay Buried Under the Ruins of Urban ‘Chaotic’ Planning

Delhi Lay Buried Under the Ruins of Urban ‘Chaotic’ Planning

Articles
Hanging in air but safer than most others: a child in a village a few hundred kilometers from Delhi On the night of November 15, 2010, when most people slept, the 'world class city' of Delhi woke up to a disturbing slumber of city planning that 'buried'  the safety of its citizens. The thought of helplessness in bringing back to life those who lost their lives when an illegally constructed building in East Delhi collapsed, should call for nothing less than a change in the way we plan and build our city. It has been known for long now that Lalita Park in the Laxmi Nagar area, where the building stood, is a hub of illegal constructions. The area is located near the Yamuna riverbed and had greater chances of being weakened by the floods. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is found guilty of allo
Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival 2010

Quotes from the Earth: The Environment Film Festival 2010

Events
Started in 2007, the Environment film festival “Quotes from the Earth” is a platform to highlight the environmental challenges at the national and international level through films. Conducted over a period of two days, the film festival goes beyond just viewing films as it is aimed to bring under one umbrella the persistent and the persuasive, with each day culminating into a panel discussion on the day's theme. The festival will be organised on the 4th and 5th of December this year. The first day will be marked with discussions on the relevance of environment education while the Politics of Environment will be dealt with on the second with panelists from education, media, film-making and policy field. The festival will focus on different issues, regions and struggles to give the audien
DIREC 2010: Renewable Way Out for India’s Increasing Energy Demand

DIREC 2010: Renewable Way Out for India’s Increasing Energy Demand

Green Alert
The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah addressing at the DIREC, in Greater NOIDA India is making good progress on most economic development indicators and is on its way to becoming a more developed economy in the coming years. This can also be inferred by President Obama's recent visit to the country where he said India is not emerging but has already emerged! Fortunately, the development is now taking place keeping the environment in mind as India makes steady strides in going green in all sectors. The mainstreaming of environmentalism, something the Delhi Greens Blog has been advocating since its inceptions, is now integral to the nation's governance, policies and acts. During a recent AICC session, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi highlighted the...
Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Articles
The temperature has slowly dipped in Delhi in the last week and one can already smell winter in the air. The most widely celebrated and awaited festival of the year Diwali, is around the corner. Children in the colony have already started burning firecrackers and the smell emanating from it, sends a shudder down my spine. I have always dreaded the day only because of the air and noise pollution it causes. But now it has added another horrifying element: the owl population in the country being sacrificed during the festival. The recently launched TRAFFIC India's report entitled 'Imperilled Custodians of the Night' states that the usage of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition during Diwali is the primary cause of illegal owl trade in India. And the reporting of cases...
Phone Photography: Click to Change the World

Phone Photography: Click to Change the World

Articles
Images like these, shot from a smart phone, are being submitted aplenty on the Delhi Traffic Police's Facebook Page, to register complaint about vehicles violating traffic rules! “Look! Polythene bags all over the tree and the wire fence...”, he shouted with excitement that was driven by a cause to make the world a greener place and safe from polybags. Another second, and I heard the 'click'. Now it’s captured and would be shared with many concerned people so something can be done about it. I could not but acknowledge the satisfactory smile that came over his face for owning such technology, a smart phone that can be used for 'phono-graphy'. One of the first photos we took with an old smart phone back in 2007, of leaves being burnt in different parts of Delhi, we had the good fort
National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board Launches Brand New Website!

National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board Launches Brand New Website!

Green Alert
Set up in August 1992 under the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), the National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board (NAEB) is responsible for promoting afforestation,tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development activities in the country. The Board carries out its activities with special attention to the degraded forest areas and lands adjoining the forest areas, national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas as well as the ecologically fragile areas like the Western Himalayas, Aravallis, Western Ghats, etc. Catching up with the online buzz and in the spirit of ensuring greater transparency that the MoEF has been amazingly propagating, NAEB has just gone ahead to launch its new website. The website will provide information of all schemes ...
National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

Green Alert
The issue of climate change is global in nature and not one person on the face of the planet is immune to it. Popularised by the World Commission on Environment & Development (WCED)'s 1987 report entitled "Our Common Future", sustainable development is one of the first born solutions to climate change followed by several measures the world is taking up at the local level for global action. In July 2008, under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, India brought forth its "National Action Plan on Climate Change" (NAPCC). On October 11, 2010, the first draft of the Green India Mission, the sixth out of the eight priority national missions was submitted to the Prime Minister's Council on climate change. This eight priority national missions are the central...
This Diwali, Lets Do Away With Ignorance on Environmental Hazards

This Diwali, Lets Do Away With Ignorance on Environmental Hazards

Articles
A month to go before the entire city (and the country) will wake up to lights and fire crackers, celebrating one of the most important festivals in India. Usually celebrated on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin (October/November) every year, Diwali is a festival of lights and enlightenment. The festival symbolizes an age-old culture of India that signifies the wiping out of ignorance which subdues humanity and driving away of darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge. In Delhi, Diwali festivities begin right from Dussehra. People set out on a month long preparation to welcome the festival of light with shopping, spring-cleaning, whitewashing and redecorating jobs. Sales and promotional offers make the market even more attractive during the festival s...
Get Set to Bring the Change: Countdown to CoP 16 Begins

Get Set to Bring the Change: Countdown to CoP 16 Begins

Articles, Events
Besides raising considerable awareness on the issue of climate change and ensuring it gets the due attention it deserves, the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP) held last year in Copenhagen ended in dismay and brought no real good news to environmental and social activists across the globe. This year, the 16th CoP is set to be held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, announced in very clear manner, the objectives and expectations from COP 16, "Let me be clear - there is no magic bullet, no one climate agreement that will solve everything right now. To expect that is naive. However, I am certain the world can do this step by step, but only if we keep on walking firmly in the right direction, including at Canc...
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