Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. This year, a world wide survey was conducted to select one topic that demands urgent global attention. And out of the many topics, one stood out above the others gathering nearly one-third of the vote: WATER! Delhi Greens invites all its readers and fellow bloggers to join thousands of other bloggers from more than 100 countries in collectively raising awareness on one of the most important issues facing our world today. After all, clean water is essential for our survival, but dangerously scarce. Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to
World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated each year on the 27th of September with an objective of fostering awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. The date marks an important milestone in world tourism the adoption of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Statutes on 27 September 1970 and is being celebrated since 1980. The timing of WTD is particularly appropriate in that it comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is of topical interest to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. If the world is indeed a book, and those who do not travel read only a page, India indeed has several chapters ...
The “Enviro Lecture Series” organised by the Northeast Center for Environmental Education and Research (NECEER) in partnership with Delhi Greens and Jamia Millia Islamia was successfully conducted yesterday amidst the endless rain beating the capital city. Many young enthusiastic students and research scholars attended the lecture series which highlighted the environmental issues and impacts of climate change in the Northeast region of India. The event brought together prominent figures who are concerned and have worked in the region to share their experiences and thoughts with the delegates. Dr. Sandeep Tiwari of the Wildlife Trust of India talked about the importance of the region in terms of its rich biodiversity and how the region supports numerous wildlife species. He was of th
A woman worker along with her children at the CWG 2010 Games site in DU In a very clear statement made by Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Federation, the worm that has been infesting the CWG and other sporting mega events like the Olympics seem to have almost come out in the open. According to him, the Games' organisers need to focus on issues that affect the athletes i.e., the Games Village, transport, security and smooth running of the actual sporting events. He said, "If you get those sorts of key issues right, then I think we have got a very good chance of the athletes at the end of the Games looking back and saying 'we had a great time’. That is the target, that is the objective - the Games are for the athletes of the commonwealth." And in doing so, he
The North East Center for Environment Education & Research (NECEER), Imphal in association with Department of Biotechnology, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi Greens and World Institute of Nature, Pune invite concerned citizens to the Enviro Lecture Series, a quarterly lecture series starting from September 2010 in Delhi. Academicians, scientists, researchers and experts/activists will deliver lectures on different issues of Environment and Biodiversity of the country especially with respect to Northeast India. Northeast India is the most biodiversity rich region in the country and comprises eight states, viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. It occupies 7.7% of India’s total geographical area supporting 50% of the flora (approx 80
The Asian Citizens Assembly (ACA) 2010 concluded recently in the South Indian city of Bengaluru and succeeded in bringing together citizens from across Asia to share and discuss the challenges, hopes and aspirations of the people inhabiting the largest landmass on the face of the Planet. The ACA was themed on the 5 Es of Ethics, Equity, Economy, Education and Ecology and included workshops on these to spell out the contemporary status of these indicators and the need for action for peace and sustainable development in the region. Citizens’ Assemblies gather women and men, association and organizations that would want to participate in renewing democracy and act in significant changes in their society and at global level. The Assemblies are not a kind of new parliaments or new ins
There is one being-Indian-thing, which spans the urban-rural and the rich-poor divide: our annual watch and wait for the monsoon. It begins every year, without fail as heat climbs and the monsoon advances. The farmers wait desperately because they need the rain at the right time to sow their crops. The city managers wait because by the beginning of each monsoon period, the reservoirs that supply water to cities are precariously low. All of us wait, in spite of our air-conditioned living, for the relief rain brings to the scorching heat and dust. This is perhaps the only time when the entire country is one in desperation. It cannot exhale till it rains. But even as I write this several questions come to my mind. How much do we really know about this phenomenon so important in every India...
The two days solar training conducted by Tra International Ltd. at India Habitat Center and supported by Delhi Greens, concluded as a challenge for all those who attended the workshop. The training witnessed as many as 33 delegates from various industrial sectors, who came under one umbrella of concern, responsibility and the challenge to make a mark in solar business and entrepreneurship and lead the green energy market. Tra International Ltd., a growing solar energy consultancy firm, organized its 3rd workshop this year on solar energy to advocate the idea that investment in training for the right audience with the right content and delivery mechanism can be one of the single most significant factor in the success of a transition to Solar Technology. Day one started with a casua
Well, that’s what many people seem to be reciting during this year’s monsoon. The reason for such a wish being the menace caused by rainfall that leads to traffic havoc and raises people's irritation level even as it brings down the city’s mercury level. Since the announcement of our new campaign “Delhi Monsoon 2010”, the graph of excitement and anticipation for this year’s monsoon has been going up and down...down and up. The scanning of news on monsoon and how the city is interacting with the hide and seek game of the monsoon has brought out some interesting facts to study and discuss. The long-awaited monsoon reached the capital on July 5, Monday after a six-day delay. According to B.P. Yadav, Director of the India Meteorological Department, "even though the city missed its us
Delhi rendezvous with Monsoon 2010 finally took place in the week starting July 5th and the city has since then given a mixed response to the rains. The Monsoon itself is such that the city is experiencing only intermittent rains with the sun not refusing to give in. It came as a shock to us when the old chaiwallah at Roshanhara Bagh--a not so well kept historical green space in the city--looked up at the sun among the clouds to say, "aajkal ke baadal bhi aajke naujawano ki jawaani ki tarah hi hain. Chadne se pehle hi utar jaate hain." While we took that with a pinch of salt, for we wanted to disagree but didn't know how, we just decided to put the salt in our tea in the best interest of our throats. The first rain, as we remembered was told to us in our even younger days, settles