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Here We Go Again: Yamuna Action Plan Phase III

Here We Go Again: Yamuna Action Plan Phase III

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River Yamuna is a tributary of the Holy River Ganga. It is also the river that keeps the city of Delhi alive. Yet, the river flows polluted through a major part of Delhi and we are yet to clean the river and keep it flowing. The Government of India has now launched the Third Phase of the Yamuna Action Plan, an ambitious scheme of actions to clean River Yamuna. The phase three has been launched despite considerable debate around the success of the first two phases. Foundation stone of nine projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme was laid on 27 December 2018 by the Water Resource Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. A total of 11 projects have been taken up by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve River Yamuna ...
Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

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Stubble burning around Delhi during October 2018. Winter is peaking in Delhi these days and the air pollution this year has been more engulfing than ever. As Delhi headed into the winter months, citizens did brace for the city's notoriously poor air quality to get even worse. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded close to 250 at the end of October. Things got much out of hand though and according to available figures, AQI has peaked at 999 on more than one days at several places in Delhi since then. With the approach of winter, airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog prove to be a major hindrance to daily life in Delhi every year. This also proves to be a major public health hazard. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health has reported th...
One World One Sun One Grid, India’s Message at COP 24

One World One Sun One Grid, India’s Message at COP 24

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Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the Indian Pavilion at COP 24, at Katowice, Poland on 3 December, 2018. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet every year in a pre-defined host country to urge each other for combating climate change. Below is the full text of the speech delivered by the Environment Minister at COP 24. “Dear Friends! I welcome you all to COP 24 in the wonderful city of Katowice, Poland. I believe that we are at a  critical juncture in our ongoing battle to save our planet from the threats of global warming and let me assure you   that India is truly committed to winning this battle.  I feel proud in affirming that India has made great strid
Asthma Manual for Schools Launched by Environment Minister

Asthma Manual for Schools Launched by Environment Minister

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The Central and Delhi State Governments have been carrying out an aggressive ten day long Clean Air Campaign from 1 to 10 November 2018. 52 teams for controlling air pollution were jointly flagged of by the Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain. An Asthma Manual for Schools was also launched looking at the rising incidents of this disease in school children in Delhi NCR. Air pollution aggravates around Diwali is one of the main reason why we can no longer afford to burst crackers during Diwali. Each of the 52 teams are now visiting different parts of Delhi NCR and have the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) as the Team Leader. Senior officials from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and representatives f...
Religious Institutions Go Green to Reduce Pollution in Delhi

Religious Institutions Go Green to Reduce Pollution in Delhi

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Minister of State (I/C) for Power and New and Renewable Energy Shri Raj Kumar Singh along with the Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurating rooftop solar plant at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib. Pollution and Global warming are worldwide concerns. A collective aim of sustainable development for our common future is necessary. Delhi pollution levels are one of the highest in world and India is among the top ten most polluted countries. We have a lot to do in order to make the environment better and not worse. India is a diverse country with a huge spectrum of languages, religions, castes, food, geography, culture, traditions, etc. According to 2011 Census, 99.76% of the Indians are religious. India has a rich history, cultures, traditions, and religions. People identify them
ENVITHON by MoEFCC Ahead of World Environment Day 2018

ENVITHON by MoEFCC Ahead of World Environment Day 2018

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Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the ENVITHON (Mini-Marathon) as part of the World Environment Day celebrations in New Delhi on June 03, 2018. The event was joined by a gathering of more than 10,000 school children from nearly 200 schools of Delhi NCR. The Environment Minister used the ENVITHON platform to underlining the crucial role that school children play in any societal endeavour. He urged all the school children to become environment protectors (Paryavaran Rakshaks) and help the government and society in overcoming the menace of plastic pollution. Dr. Harsh Vardhan also administered a pledge to the children to undertake one Green Good Deed every day, minimise the use of plastic and contribute their might to completely stop the us...
Honble Vice President Advocates Cycling for Good Health

Honble Vice President Advocates Cycling for Good Health

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The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu flagged-off a Bicycle Rally and inaugurated Smart Cycle Station for Public Bike Sharing in New Delhi on 3rd June 2018. While addressing the gathering of cycling enthusiasts and environmentalists, Shri Naidu advocated that cycling is the best and cheapest form of exercise to keep ourselves healthy and people must be encouraged to adopt such environment friendly mode of transport. Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Statistics & Programme Implementation Shri Vijay Goel were among the other dignitaries who were present during this event and who supported the opinion of the Hon'ble Vice President. The Vice President further added that the campaign to promote the use of bicycle...
Environmental Internship Opportunity for College Students at MoEFCC

Environmental Internship Opportunity for College Students at MoEFCC

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The Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India invites applications from students pursuing graduation or post-graduation or carrying out research work at any recognized University/ Institution within India or abroad for a three-month long internship. This Environmental Internship is as part of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Internship Scheme which is aimed at allowing young academic talent to be associated with the Ministry's work for mutual benefit. The Selected Interns shall have an opportunity to know about the Government functioning and Regulatory and Developmental Policy issues and contribute in its amendment, if required, by generating inputs such as empirical analysis, briefing reports, policy papers, etc. Selecte...
Launch of MoEFCC’s Green Skill Development Programme App

Launch of MoEFCC’s Green Skill Development Programme App

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The Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) of the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is an initiative for skill development in the environment and forest sector to enable India's youth to get gainful and/or self-employment. The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development. It is hoped that this will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016). According to the Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the GSDP targets to impart green skills to 80,000 people. Speaking after launching the Mobile App of Green Skill Development Programme (GSD...

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