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Making a Future for All of Us

Making a Future for All of Us

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Now we are really thinking and looking for actions in the area of climate change as is obvious though your feedback comments. Using home cooked food, not buying water, reducing plastic usage, exploring possibility of where else can we plant trees besides government lands. Truly practical and do-able concrete solutions come to mind for some of us reading the blog. I truly appreciate you putting your mind and thought to it. Thank you for the simple steps that you guys succinctly suggested. Using popular media coverage including print media, as a thermometer to gauge the feelings of the people on this earth it is obvious that the majority of civilians are not convinced about climate change and its dooms day prophesies or the urgency of the situation. Articles quoting even our own polit...
Making a Climate of a Difference

Making a Climate of a Difference

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The profound privilege of continuing with the blog is because of each of you who visits the site and reads it regularly. I truly appreciate you all for that and especially those who take the time out to comment on it. Similarly, climate change related negotiations exist because majority of us believe that continued greenhouse gases emission is not good. ‘This should not happen’ and so we must take action to contribute in any way we can, even if it means to read a blog or responding to one--all in the attempt to generating awareness on the topic. This fortnight--7 December to 18 December 2009--is dedicated to negotiations on climate change and is an outcome of this collective belief. The Conference of Parties (COP), with 192 member countries, formed in 1992, is attending this confere
Announcing: North East Environmental Youth Movement

Announcing: North East Environmental Youth Movement

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Environmental degradation; habitat destruction; pollution; water scarcity; biodiversity loss; depleting forest cover; dam construction and its social implications; social unrest - are few of the issues demanding immediate attention in the North Eastern (seven sisters +1) states of India. Now, with the threat of climate change looming large, the only option is to come together for sustainable development of the region, before time runs out and moshttp://delhigreens.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2283t, if not, all is lost. The degradation of North East India’s environment and ad hoc “developmental” activities taking place in the region will impact the future generations much more severely than it is impacting the present generation. The future of the youth in the North East i
Invite: Global Day of Action – Climate Ke Liye Bajao

Invite: Global Day of Action – Climate Ke Liye Bajao

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As appropriately put by Yvo De Boer, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, "the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP 15) will be a turning point in the fight to prevent (the) climate disaster. The science demands it, the economics support it, (and) future generations require it." COP15 will begin in a few hours from now. The final week of the Copenhagen summit is the 12th hour: the defining, crucial moment for leaders to sign on to a treaty to avert climate catastrophe and unleash a low-carbon future. In communities everywhere on earth, we can lead the way by showing the leaders exactly what we want them to do. But they will not act until they hear us. So, it is ti...
Invitation: Climate Bicycle Ride in Delhi for COP at Copenhagen

Invitation: Climate Bicycle Ride in Delhi for COP at Copenhagen

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On the eve of UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen, a ‘Climate Bicycle Ride’ is being organised in Delhi on Sunday, 6th December at Ambedkar Nagar Terminal on BRT corridor; by the Delhi Cycling Club with support from Delhi Integrated Mass Transit System (DIMTS)'s NMT Cell and ‘The Open Planning Project’ (TOPP). The event is open to people from different walks of life, age group and professions from Delhi & NCR and foreign nationals. Key objectives of the event are to: Raise awareness about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; Promote Cycling, Walking and Public Transportation as the most environmental-friendly way of commuting and as part of the solution to Delhi’s growing traffic woes; and Experience the joy of cycling on dedicated bicycle tracks and have fun.
‘Sealing the Deal’ on Climate Change in Copenhagen

‘Sealing the Deal’ on Climate Change in Copenhagen

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Delhi Greens and the Center for Climate Justice & Equity (CCJE) recently came together at Dilli Haat to take forward the Untied Nations-led Seal the Deal Campaign aiming to galvanize political will and public support for reaching a comprehensive global climate agreement in Copenhagen in December. On December 7, 2009, Governments will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark to respond to one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. The main question will be how protect the planet and create a green economy that will lead to long-term prosperity. Reaching a deal by the time the meeting ends on December 18 will depend not only on complex political negotiations, but also on public pressure from around the globe. With this understanding, the two day long stall at Dilli Haat aimed at info...
Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs

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The 14th of November, also known as Bal Divas, is the birthday of Chacha Nehru--our first Prime Minister and to put it in the current context--Rahul Gandhi’s great grand father. Continuity, complexity of relationships and interrelatedness to the web of life is the celebration. A beautifully done film festival called CMS Vatavaran recently reflected it. One film of particular appeal was a Japanese one titled Kishke filming complex environmental issues with a very simple narrative. At the very first level, it is the story of a little boy named Kishke--about 10 years of age--who has just lost his grandfather. Once when had spent a summer with his grandfather on the sea coast village in North Japan, he had made a promise to his grandfather that he will plant a seed in his name, when he
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part II

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To recap, water available per person has been decreasing since 1950 and it will be 70% of what we have by 2025 if no action is taken today. Although water is usually considered a renewable resource, it is actually a finite one with physical limits on its sustainability not because there is a change in the total water in the world but there are human institutional and financial capital limit to accessing water. Let me explain this. If we need to store water for 12 months, we need a bigger storage tank than if we needed to store it for only say six months. Thus, if the water flowing through the perennial rivers due to melting of glaciers reduces because there are smaller glaciers to melt, then the barrages to store water will have to be taller. All this deepening of tanks or building ...
Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

Water Sector Impacts of Climate Change: Part I

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My vivid memory of Manmad--a township, due to major Railway junction in Maharashtra that I visited in the 60s--is that of early morning chaos, shouting and screaming over a common tap outside my uncle’s residence for collecting water. When I was growing up, the typical humorous short stories in my mother-tongue Marathi used to depict quarrels over common taps to collect water for domestic consumption in local communities, described as ‘Nala che Bhandan”. These stories were humorous portrayal of fights over water in local settings that began with minor issues. Jokes apart, this often led to communal tensions in real life. Typically, the water supply would last for two to three hours and water had to be collected and stored in that short span of time--one tap for twenty households. I