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Author: Jincy Joy

Jincy Joy is Climate Correspondent with the Delhi Greens Blog and is passionate about communicating the impacts of climate change to the masses. She is presently pursuing a Master's degree course in Climate Science & Policy.

Recently published posts:

Earth Hour 2012: Uniting People to Protect the Planet

Earth Hour 2012: Uniting People to Protect the Planet

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Earth Hour is a global initiative for uniting to spread awareness towards protecting the Planet. Earth Hour calls in individuals, businesses, government, community, young, old and the vibrant youth to turn out their lights for one specific hour. Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world have united each year to support this historical event of global environmental importance. On 31st March, 2012, the spirit of Earth Hour is back and all concerned citizens across the globe are called forward to unite to spread awareness on the ongoing environmental crisis and for ensuring sustainable development. Along with you, at 8.30 pm local time on Saturday 31 March, Earth Hour 2012 will see hundreds of millions of people around the world cross borders of race, ...
24 Hours of Reality Today: Change Climate Change in a Day

24 Hours of Reality Today: Change Climate Change in a Day

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In the past two decades of global climate awakening--as the world 'negotiated' and 'renegotiated' climate deals--one man took upon himself to rendezvous the world with the 'Inconvenient Truth'. The man needs no introduction to climate activists around the planet and little, if any, introduction to the global political class. Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. (popularly known as Al Gore) former Vice President of the United States and currently an author, businessman, and environmental activist has been spearheading a global campaign of educating citizens about global warming largely through the documentary titled 'An Inconvenient Truth' (2006). Gore did not restrict himself to the US alone but went across the world to create a global force consisting of specially trained climate activists who are
An Interview With V.K. Jain of Tapas NGO on the Banning of Polythene Bags in Delhi

An Interview With V.K. Jain of Tapas NGO on the Banning of Polythene Bags in Delhi

Green Personas
The non-biodegradable polythene bag was banned in Delhi in January 2009. While a blanket ban on plastic was never going to be easy, biodegradable carry bag alternatives that emerged after the ban helped bring about a green change in the city. A PIL filed by Tapas NGO in the Delhi High Court was instrumental in the banning of the plastic bag. Jincy Joy at Delhi Greens speaks to Mr. V.K. Jain, Founder of Tapas NGO on the journey from filing the PIL to ensuring the implementation of the ban. Jiny Joy: A warm greetings from Delhi Greens and thank you for the opportunity to interact with you on the initiatives you have been taking to protect the environment through both legal and awareness generation means. V. K. Jain: Thank you! Jincy Joy: Since when have you been working on environme...
Delhi Greens Catches Up With Nikhil Devasar On the Big Bird Day 2011

Delhi Greens Catches Up With Nikhil Devasar On the Big Bird Day 2011

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Tomorrow is the Big Bird Day! A day when different group of people will come together to look for our feathered friends and count the different types of birds they see. A day when everyone is invited to join in and experience the avian diversity with whom we share this Planet. Jincy Joy at Delhi Greens interviews Nikhil Devasar, the lead organiser of the Big Bird Day (BBD) event, to get some insights into the organisation of the BBD 2011! Delhi Greens: What motivated you to initiate the concept of ‘Big Bird Day’? Nikhil Devasar: The basic motivation behind this idea was to have a particular day in the year where all bird lovers could come together and explore their love for birds on a common platform. Also this event would serve as a great motivation to bird lovers, by people parti

A ‘Convenient Action’ Response to The Inconvenient Truth?

Green Alert
Development for all: The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is unlike Delhi and works. While the difference in population of the two cities ensures there can be no comparison, the implementation success of 'Janmarg: the People's Way' as it is called in Ahmedabad is indeed praiseworthy. India is serious when it comes to taking action for combating climate change. And if Environment Minister's change of India's two decade long stand in international negotiations (backed later by the Indian Prime Minister) to ensure a fair deal isn't proof enough, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi now pens a book titled Convenient Actions – Gujarat's response to challenges of climate change. "At the outset I am happy in reporting to this August forum that despite severe ear
Follow-up: Technology Mechanism in Delhi Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change

Follow-up: Technology Mechanism in Delhi Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change

Green Alert
The two day Ministerial Meeting on ‘Climate Change-Technology Mechanism that concluded on 10 November 2010 saw ministers and representatives from 35 countries, regional groups and UN organisations. The discussions revolved around the creation and operationalisation of the technology mechanism under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). As a conclusion of this meeting it was realised that technology development and its transfer can play a central role in addressing climate change. While addressing the media about the upcoming COP16, Environment Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh focused on what was said by our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, that "we will play our positive role of a 'Deal maker, not a Deal breaker'. The Meeting also discussed the mandate of Ba
New India Focus: Domestic Climate Change

New India Focus: Domestic Climate Change

Green Alert
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh releasing a book at the NPDCCA Meeting, along with fellow panelists Speaking at the National Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Action in New Delhi, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh brought out a very important concern: that adaptation to climate change is not only a government obligation but should be looked upon as a community responsibility. Mr. Ramesh said, “It is unfortunate that our approach on climate change has been unduly influenced by international negotiations. We need to delink from international community and focus on domestic agenda to fight climate change”. Expressing his views on making adaptation to climate change a community driven process Mr. Ramesh said, “The ministry has initiated an exercise where women self-help groups in K
Obama’s Visit to India Brings a Climate of Change

Obama’s Visit to India Brings a Climate of Change

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On a three day visit to India for the first time, the American President Barack H. Obama met the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi only to reaffirm shared values and increasing convergence of interests between the US and India. When the world's oldest democracy reaches out to expand and strengthen global strategic partnership with the world's largest democracy, it can only be a good thing for the world. The two leaders welcomed the completion of steps by the two governments for implementation of the India-U.S. civil nuclear agreement. They reiterated their commitment to build strong India-U.S. civil nuclear energy cooperation through the participation of the U.S. nuclear energy firms in India on the basis of mutually acceptable technical and commercial terms and ...
After Mixed Reactions on “No Pressure”, the World Woke Up to 10:10:10

After Mixed Reactions on “No Pressure”, the World Woke Up to 10:10:10

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The Gory 'No Pressure' ad is no longer part of the 10:10 campaign Founded in September 2009 by Franny Armstrong, Director of ‘The Age of Stupid’, 10:10 is a popular Global Warming Mitigation Campaign based in U.K. Aiming at inspiring actions that can reduce carbon emissions by 10% in the current year 2010, the campaign stands as a preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference in Mexico in December this year. The organisation has gained support from major and diverse public figures including politicians, celebrities, educational bodies, companies and other organisations and has also produced different checklists on how different sectors can cut their carbon emissions. One of the first programmes under the 10:10 campaign, called “Lighter Light”, took place on March 28, 2010 and w