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Yamuna and the Delhi Ridge: Delhi Greens Urban Ecotour Re-Connected Citizens to the City’s Lifelines

Yamuna and the Delhi Ridge: Delhi Greens Urban Ecotour Re-Connected Citizens to the City’s Lifelines

Green Alert
To commemorate Earth Day 2011, Delhi Greens made an attempt to re-connect the citizens of Delhi with the very lifelines that support them and the city. In partnership with the Earth Day Network and 'Jamghat a group of street children', Delhi Greens organized an urban ecotour focused on the two lifelines of Delhi: River Yamuna and the Delhi Ridge. We received scores of applicants who showed interest to be a part of the urban ecotour, out of which 45 citizens were selected on a first come first serve basis. Under-privileged children from Jamghat a group of street children were also a special invite to the Earth Day urban ecotour. Each participant was thus enable to contribute their bit in achieving the Billion Acts of Green that was targeted by the Earth Day Network earthwide. The urb...
Take the ‘Be Water Wise’ Pledge this World Water Day

Take the ‘Be Water Wise’ Pledge this World Water Day

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Aerial image of farms along River Yamuna near Majnu Ka Tila downstream of Wazirabad barrage. If we are what we eat, and some of what we eat comes from farming on the Yamuna River floodplains, then we are pretty much what the status of river Yamuna in Delhi is! The vegetables and produce grown on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi is largely irrigated by the river water which accumulate all toxic chemicals from the water into them. When we consume these vegetables, these chemicals and toxins enter our body and keep on accumulating before they cause any serious damage to our organs. Unfortunately, when you go to the market, there is no real way of telling which vegetable comes from the Yamuna floodplain and which from elsewhere.   This World Water Day 2011, we therefore urge yo
Be Water Wise: Delhi Greens Invites All to Dilli Haat, Pitampura on World Water Day 2011

Be Water Wise: Delhi Greens Invites All to Dilli Haat, Pitampura on World Water Day 2011

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International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme of the WWD 2011 is 'Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge'. Delhi Greens and the Dept. of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi invite all to come take the "BE WATER WISE" pledge on this day and become a water warrior! Delhi is the most rapidly urbanizing mega center in the country with an ever increasing population pressure which makes sustaining its urban growth a big challenge. A key factor determining urban sustainability is water and ensuring adequate water for all is indeed a task which is easier said than done. This challenge may only deepen and take the f...
And We’re Back, And Continue to be Hosted on a Green Server!

And We’re Back, And Continue to be Hosted on a Green Server!

Green Alert
Delhi Greens wishes all its readers a Happy Holi and extends warm wishes for an organically colourful celebrations! As many of you know, the Delhi Greens Blog recently underwent major visitor traffic load coupled with some hacking attempts which forced us to stop publishing until we moved to a more secure server. That process has now been completed and we are back in action, more determined than ever, for spearheading the cause of environmental protection and sustainable development. The task continues to remain uphill but we now have more friends and allies walking with us, who understand our cause and share our vision. We have all of you and that is all the motivation we need to continue working for harmony and sustainable development. The world surely has shaken in the past few d...
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

Green Personas
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
Paper on Delhi Greens Blog Presented at a Delhi University Conference

Paper on Delhi Greens Blog Presented at a Delhi University Conference

Green Alert
A two days National Seminar on the topic "Media and The New World Order" was organized on 4 & 5 February 2011 by the University of Delhi in its North campus situated Conference Center.  The seminar was aimed at highlighting the work done by various research and academic institutes in the field of media and its relevance in the present day. A paper on the role of new and social media was presented by me at the Conference, with this blog as a case study. My paper entitled “The Role of New & Social Media in generating environmental awareness: A case study of the Delhi Greens blog” was the only paper which spoke about New & Social media with a comparison to conventional media. Since other presenters at the Conference were mainly professors and teachers from across India, a need

Welcome New Year 2011: International Year of Forests and More!

Green Alert
Already in the first week of 2011 and looking good, Delhi Greens wishes everyone heartiest greetings and success all through the year. 2011 is special for Delhi as it completes a century of being the National Capital. Situated at the beautiful and strategic confluence the Delhi Ridge (which offered protection) and the Yamuna River (which provided water, critical for the survival of any civilization), Delhi has been a capital of choice since ancient, even mythological times! These landscape features are, until date, the lifelines of Delhi, though we are not giving them the respect they deserve. It is about time we understand the importance of this natural heritage and the ecosystem services they provide to us. The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the Internationa...

Aastha Kukreti Wins ‘Green Warrior’ Media & Environment Award for the Delhi Greens Blog!

Green Alert
The Delhi Greens Blog was recently awarded for its good work in putting New & Social Media behind the green cause and using it to disseminate information and generate environmental awareness. Aastha Kukreti, one of our lead writers was conferred the 'Green Warrior' Award by the ISB&M School of Communication in their Media Mind Prints 2010 initiative. The initiative had an underlying objective of creating awareness amongst the youth of today and tomorrow regarding 'Media and Environment'. Two other young green activists were given the 'Young Communicator Award' in the same function. The Media Mind Prints 2010 initiative was taken across 25 cities and saw participation of over 25,000 youth from across the country. Organised with the theme of "Go Green Go Eco", the event highl...
At Agrasen Ki Baoli: Une session interactive avec les élèves!

At Agrasen Ki Baoli: Une session interactive avec les élèves!

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“Yahan par kya hai?" (Why do you want to get down here?), is how the auto rickshaw driver reacted when I asked him to drop me in the middle of the somewhat deserted Hailley Road near Connaught Place. "Baoli, a step well", I told him and he had to come out all the way up to the centuries old structure to believe me for real. Shocked and surprised at the marvelous sight amidst the concrete of CP, he returned to his auto though recovered quickly to take the entire fare that showed up on the meter! Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the eco-spots of the Delhi Greens Urban Ecotourism Project, and a lesson from Delhi's environmental history is known to have this affect on people. We chose this site for a meeting requested by over a dozen french students, for an interactive session on energy and env
NE Greens Launched to Bring Forth Green Voices from Northeast India

NE Greens Launched to Bring Forth Green Voices from Northeast India

Green Alert
The Delhi Greens Blog has remained the flagship project of the Delhi Greens organisation and continues to play a key role in disseminating green news and information and spreading environmental awareness among the masses. Filed under the Green Media Network initiative of the organisation, this Blog has been a 'green changemaker ' as well as a learning experience for all of us. And now, in keeping with our mandate to raise environmental awareness and promote sustainable development across India, Delhi Greens is proud and excited to launch NE Greens, as the second project under the Green Media Network. We are proud also because NE Greens is Northeast India's very first portal on Ecology & Environment! NE (Northeast) Greens Blog  is launched as a platform to promote sustainable dev