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Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

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The festival of Diwali is no longer a festival of joy alone and is accompanied by misery especially for those suffering from breathing disorders. This is true for the entire NCT of Delhi, which has an alarming population of over 20 million people. Every year during Diwali, the air quality worsens and is worst during and immediately after the Diwali night. The large-scale burning of fire crackers during the Diwali night, which spikes up the already air polluted National Capital is the principal cause of this pollution. This year, the Government of NCT of Delhi has taken significant steps for ensuring the reduction of air pollution due to Diwali. The Government began with writing a letter to all the schools, through its Eco Clubs Scheme. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Manish ...
Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

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The January of 2017 saw an environmental flashpoint in Delhi, when schools in Delhi were shut down for the first time due to alarming levels of air pollution. Air pollution was declared as an emergency in Delhi. It had become dangerous for children and adults to go out in the city and breathe. The concentration of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), those toxic particles that go straight to our lungs and reduce our lifespan, increased more than 10 times the prescribed standard between November 2016 and January 2017. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have been consistently monitoring air pollution levels in Delhi after Diwali. The level of air pollution reaches beyond alarming after every Diwali. The festival of jo...
Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Not Burst Crackers This Diwali

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Not Burst Crackers This Diwali

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The festive season has commenced and celebrations are in full swing. From Durga Puja to Dussehra to Diwali, everyone can be seen reveling in the festive mood. Diwali, a festival marking the victory or good over evil, is a major Indian festival celebrated with great amount of zest and zeal across the country. People coming from different walks of life, leave no stone unturned in decorations and preparations for the festival. However, since the past few years, the purpose of the festival has shifted focus from being an occasion of enjoyment and bonding to one of lavish-spending and a mark of one's societal status. Families these days spend exorbitant sums of money on firecrackers and fireworks. This may bring a few seconds of joy for some, but also brings permanent damage to the lungs...
Poster Making Competition on Harit Diwali Swasth Diwali by MoEFCC

Poster Making Competition on Harit Diwali Swasth Diwali by MoEFCC

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Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launching Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali Campaign in New Delhi. The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha and other dignitaries are also seen. The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) invites School and College students for a Poster Making Competition on the Theme: Harit Diwali - Swasth Diwali (Green Diwali, Healthy Diwali). The competition is being organized in three categories: Category I. Class 3rd - 5th Category II. Class 6th - 10th Category III. Class 11th - Graduation (Final Year) Three best entries for First, Second and Third prizes will be selected from each category. The Prizes in each category are as fol...
Ahead of Diwali, Eco Clubs Urged to Campaign Against Crackers

Ahead of Diwali, Eco Clubs Urged to Campaign Against Crackers

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The festival of Deepawali is no longer just about sweets and celebrations. It is also about the fear and anxiety of coping up with the tremendous amount of air and noise pollution that it will bring, to an already polluted Delhi city. While majority of the people may not feel any major immediate impact of this pollution, a large number of people in the city are significantly impacted due to it. Even those who are not immediately impacted, suffer long term health problems due to the smoke and pollution. Expressing concern over the rising pollution in Delhi, and the role Deepawali may play in it, the Deputy Chief Minster of Delhi Government Shri Manish Sisodia has written to the Eco Clubs of all schools in Delhi. He has urged all the Eco Clubs to play active role in the Anti-Cracke...
Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

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The festival of Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival has always been an occasion for celebrating happiness, prosperity and well being of one and all. However, the situation in Delhi today is such that the celebrations revolving around this festival are becoming a threat to the health and well being of the society at large. Take, for example, the sweets which are manufactured and distributed specifically to meet the high demand during Diwali. The news of toxic laden ingredients as well as chemical treated dry fruits etc. becomes the talk of the town days before the onset of the festival preparations. The consumption of sweets and other eatables made from these ingredients leads to considerable loss of health and happi...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 43, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 43 (starting October 24), 2011. 1. Air Pollution down 50% this Diwali Diwali in the city was a greener affair as people burst fewer crackers, leading to a 50-75% decrease in air pollution from last year. However, some Delhiites made up for the muted fireworks with noisy celebrations. CPCB recorded increased noisepollution at three out of nine locations, the highest being Mayur Vihar-Phase II in east Delhi. 2. Eco-friendly crackers to light up Diwali Eco-friendly crackers are all set to lessen pollution and noise this Diwali. Cheap in cost and stuffed with leaves, these are available in different varieties here. 3. City gets more Games-type air monitoring centres The system for air quality fore

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 42, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (starting October 17), 2011. 1. Delhi Govt’s Dil se Diwali on Facebook In order to keep pollution level low this Diwali, the Delhi government has decided to use social networking site Facebook to reach out to people. The environment department of the government has come up with a page on Facebook —‘Dil Se Diwali’ — asking people to say no to crackers. 2. 12th Five-Yr-Plan: CM invites suggestions The Delhi government has prepared a background paper identifying public transport, water supply and sanitation, housing, medical and public health, education and environment as the focus areas for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017). 3. Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor to be completely green: Farooq A
Delhi Greens Urges Everyone to Celebrate a Green Deepawali

Delhi Greens Urges Everyone to Celebrate a Green Deepawali

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Even the candles we 'burn' have significant environmental impact which we should certainly keep in mind. As Delhi shifts from the CWG 2010 mode into the festival mode, and gears up for celebrating the festival of lights - Deepawali, Delhi Greens wishes its reader a very happy and prosperous Green Diwali. Diwali signifies the end of darkness and the beginning of the process of enlightening ourselves. This time around, we must also be warned and make ourselves aware about the hazards that Diwali celebrations poses to us and our environment. An eco-friendly Diwali is not about taking shortcuts; instead it is all about your conscious efforts to be a more responsible citizen. Here are some tips for celebrating a green and enriching Diwali: 1. Say no to crackers. Here's why: The che...
Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

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The temperature has slowly dipped in Delhi in the last week and one can already smell winter in the air. The most widely celebrated and awaited festival of the year Diwali, is around the corner. Children in the colony have already started burning firecrackers and the smell emanating from it, sends a shudder down my spine. I have always dreaded the day only because of the air and noise pollution it causes. But now it has added another horrifying element: the owl population in the country being sacrificed during the festival. The recently launched TRAFFIC India's report entitled 'Imperilled Custodians of the Night' states that the usage of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition during Diwali is the primary cause of illegal owl trade in India. And the reporting of cases...

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