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A New End – Report on Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010

A New End – Report on Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010

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“I am here because I haven’t seen any stars in Delhi,” a simple statement from Parth Joshi, one of the delegates who attended Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010, gave an in-depth meaning to the summit’s aim and objective. To be a ‘change’ in the context of utilizing existing awareness and knowledge on environmental issues of Delhi was the foundation, based on which the two days youth summit was conducted. Another delegate, Nishant Bhaskar, Asst. Manager with Maruti Suzuki, shared his general interest on environmental issue. He said, “I am here because of personal reason. I am really passionate about the green cause. In fact, I dream of starting my own venture few years down the line. As of now, I want to understand what’s being done in Delhi to address the environmental problems. I
Local Markets and the Law of the Jungle

Local Markets and the Law of the Jungle

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Every Monday the formal shops in our locality are closed in Delhi. I love to visit the markets on that day. The small informal traders put up stalls using bamboo sticks and iron bed and wooden platforms or just on a sack on the road and trade for about four to five hours usually in the evening. It is fun to see these stalls and the merchandise that they sell. Everything is for sale from old and new clothes to furnishing to vessels and trinkets. There is even a dedicated lane for selling fruits and vegetables. I enjoy watching the stall owners and the consumers interacting with each other and among themselves. That six feet by six feet of space on the road is of vital significance for those four hours to these people. The vendors have a system in place that caters to their needs. ...
Growing Young With Green Mangoes

Growing Young With Green Mangoes

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It is my friend’s birthday today. I picked up the phone and wished him. While talking on the phone, we tried to relive our past of climbing trees and eating green mangoes. Staring out of the window, there it is, a bunch of green mangoes, between the delicate white flowers of Jamun tree, and the light yellow spotted flowers of the Tamarind tree on the compound wall of our society. I have looked at them almost every day since the past one month, but have no courage to do anything to get them. We, as kids, have often climbed these trees and thrown stones so as to drop some mangoes and almost always gotten scolded by adults. As an adult, I now continue this tradition of scolding the kids for doing so! As I look out, there are a few kids from the block who have gathered around the tree w
International Biodiversity Day 2010 Celebrated at ABP

International Biodiversity Day 2010 Celebrated at ABP

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Delhi CM Smt. Shiela Dixit, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and Environment Secretary Dharmendra planting a tree sapling at the ABP. Also seen are Prof. C.R. Babu and Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar Top Delhi Government officials came together on May 22nd to plant trees and greet the students and citizens gathered at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park (ABP) to mark the International Biodiversity Day (IBD) 2010. The theme for this years IBD was declared to be Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation. Hosted by the Dept. of Environment (DoE), GNCT and the park management at ABP, the event saw participation from students from some six schools and residents and citizens from around the Park. Key officials from the DoE including the Environment Secretary arrived well in time to receive the CM and th...
Nature Camp and Workshop on International Day of Biodiversity

Nature Camp and Workshop on International Day of Biodiversity

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The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)’ to increase the understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This years theme for the International Day for Biodiversity (IDB) is Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation.The very enthusiastic Department of Environment (DoE), GNCT has come up with an interesting concept to observe this day.  Welcoming the day ahead, the Dept. of Environment is calling for a Nature Camp inviting students from the various Eco-Clubs across Delhi. The overnight camp will be organized on May 21, 2010 from 6.00 pm at the Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Vasant Vihar. The camp will culminate the next day with a workshop on Biodiversity at 9.00 am. Over 25 school students will be participating in t
Problems of Today…and a Hope for a Green Future

Problems of Today…and a Hope for a Green Future

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In the solutions of today are problems of tomorrow. Take for example the environmental problems of today, before the mid 70’s no one really talked about them. Industrialization and mass production of goods and services was not seen as a problem but a solution to ‘human wants’, a desirable outcome. It was the seminal article of Rachel Carson that the environmental issues of industrial pollution began to be seen as an ‘problem’. But wait a minute. It is not that simplistic. We do go closer to restoring the natural cycle we have disrupted by our intervention over time as we realize it. As, after the problems came clean technology, reduce, reuse, recycle, and more and more efficient production of goods. In the 80's, there were talks of deforestation and fast growing Eucalyptus trees
Colloquium on Biodiversity: Earth’s Most Valuable Resource at WII, Dehradun

Colloquium on Biodiversity: Earth’s Most Valuable Resource at WII, Dehradun

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On the occasion of International Year of Biodiversity 2010, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development in association with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is organizing a Colloquium on Biodiversity: Earth’s Most Valuable Resource - Why does it matter to Business? on 27 April 2010 at Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun. The conference will focus and deliberate on the very specific and significant aspects, i.e.: Biodiversity: A Business Case Sustainable Biodiversity Conservation: A Policy Road Map To RSVP and for further information, contact: Gourav Chutani CII‐ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development Tel.: 91 11 4150 2301 – 03, Fax: 91 11 4150 1924 / 25 Email: gourav.chutani(at)cii.in
Tiny Bits of Nature

Tiny Bits of Nature

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Some of us do this routinely. I board the Metro at Connaught Place (CP) to go to NOIDA at 6 pm. The platforms at CP are very crowded. A train comes and leaves the platform. A few people from the crowded platform manage to board the already crowded Metro, more arrive. A constant flow of crowd is maintained on the platforms. It reminds me of the floods in Yamuna after a point when the basin fills up, a constant flow of water continues to keep the river full and in motion. The four rakes of the Metro and the platforms are crowded. What are the faces in this crowd? They are exactly like the draining of the Yamuna basin after the floods. Like the plants planted before the floods are completely wiped out, the basin is flattened and washed out. There is no freshness, no brightness, the ...
Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

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The India International Center invites all concerned citizens to a talk on "Wetlands Ecology and the Yamuna Biodiversity Park", as the fourth lecture in the series on 'Water: the stuff of life". The talk will be delivered by Professor C.R. Babu, Emeritus Professor, Center for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, and Project Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park. The session will be chaired by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy of the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nerhu University. Date: 12th April, 2010 (Monday) Time: 6.30 pm Venue: Conference Room No. 1, Indian International Center, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi The Yamuna Biodiversity Park has been an innovative project, an open laboratory for the students of environmental and biol
Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

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200 mosquitoes swarmed into our bedroom last night. Some of them also managed to get into our mosquito net which meant a sleepless night. The impact it had on our lives was upsetting and bad tempers. Our local society is complaining that ever since the Delhi Metro work began in our neighborhood, it has interfered with the ecological balance of the system we live in. We have had more malaria infections and more irritating nights. Eventually, the property prices of our neighborhood may well get affected. This way of being helpless and victimized allows us to find faults with the others without looking at what we are getting out of it. We are all going to be better off as a city infrastructure improves due to the growth in the city. The Delhi Metro is, after all, a major infrastructure...