These days Amaltas or Laburnums are in full bloom. The lovely small yellow flowers hanging like a chandelier from the bare branches is a lovely site. Especially in the Chanakyapuri area where these are planted aesthetically along the main roads of the Panchasheel Marg. Delhi as a city is blessed with a collection of flowering trees. Each species blossoms at a different time in the year with different colours and size, big and small. They seem to cover the entire spectrum of the rainbow colours, Yes! even green. The Shirish or Rain-tree has two types of blossoms, pink and green. The blossoms provide shade and beauty in almost all the seasons. There was always a reason to plant trees and the planting was determined by the cultural ecology of trees by respective civilizations. For a t
Delhi's Last Two Vultures at the National Museum of Natural History Wish you all a Happy 'Green and Blue' New Year. Why focus on an environment friendly new year or specifically, what are we dealing with when we talk of climate change? At a very basic level it is ‘Fear of Death’. It is a primal fear that we all have, because we are human beings and like all living things are designed to fear death. Various ways in which one could die, due to accidents, due to disease, due to age etc. While the fear of dieing alone is very genuine, we can always die believing that we continue to live after our death in some one else’s memory, gene pool or we are reborn….what ever you believe in. Genocide is a higher order fear of death and the highest order is annihilation of the species. (Hence we ar
Ecology and Economics are closely related issues. Being a student of Economics, I’ve studied that inclusive development is not possible without adequate emphasis on environmental protection. Development and environment need to be seen as complementary, not antagonistic terms. After all, if there is no Earth left, where will development take place?! Today, when the world is facing the harmful consequences of global warming and depletion of resources, environment conservation has become a topic of global significance, not just an issue with local importance. The matter is of paramount relevance in a developing economy like ours, as environment degradation drastically offsets improvements achieved by economic prosperity, apart from having serious implications for distributive justice. I
48°C Public. Art. Ecology, a combined initiative of Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan and GTZ, is an experiment set within the capital metropolitan city of Delhi. The ambition of this festival is to interrogate the teetering ecology of the city through the prism of contemporary art. Through a number of art interventions in various public spaces around Delhi, the festival attempts to draw a diverse public into the world of this critical imaginary. For more information, please visit: http://48c.org CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Delhi Greens, the Outreach team for 48°C - the first of its kind Public, Art, Ecology Festival that will take place from 12th to 21st December, 2008 - calls for volunteers for the purpose of this festival. Throughout the festival, we would be putting up large art install
"Lions of India" The School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi cordially invites all to a public lecture by Dr. Divyabhanusinh on "Lions of India". Date: 3rd November 2008 (Monday) Time: 4:00 pm Venue: The Auditorium, School of Environmental Studies (SES), North Campus, University of Delhi, (Opposite Physics Dept.) For over a century, the only wild lions in Asia have been in the Gir Forest, Gujarat. The story of their extinction across much of north and central India and their survival in this tract mainly due to protection by the rulers of Junagadh is of continuing relevance for its conservation today. The story of the lion brings together symbol and history, folklore and ecology and requires a synthetic and holistic view of its past. It s also critical to knowing why es...