In an effort to create widespread awareness on the unique biodiversity of the country, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) jointly with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) will be running a ‘Science Express – Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’ train across India covering over 100 stations in the next two years. Eight out of the sixteen coaches of the SEBS are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India. These include the trans-Himalaya & the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert & Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula, the Coasts & Islands. These 8 coaches will focus on the range of Biological diversity, critically endangered species (IUCN Red list), biod
Hand..err..Heart and Mind at the Right Place: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at the Green Walkathon India played the global host to the World Environment Day (WED) for the first time this year, an year for which the WED theme was chosen to be 'Forests: Nature at your service". Shifting from the past practice of organizing WED at New Delhi only, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India organized a series of activities, events and campaigns across the country during the first week of June 2011. Notable among these were events, activities and campaigns at Bhubneshawar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mumbai, Bengaluru and the Nilgiri Biosphre Reserve etc. The underlying objective of all such activities was to highlight the int
The following is an interview of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh by the United Nations Environment Programme's Director of Communications Satinder Bindra. Jairam Ramesh speaks on India's commitment to the environmental cause on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011. http://vimeo.com/24554724 Further to the interview, while chairing a one day civil society seminar on “Nature & Livelihood: Women’s Perspective” called for also as part of the the World Environment Day celebrations, Jairam Ramesh said that conservation of forests is crucial for sustainable development and green economy of the country. He emphasized that the role of women and Gram Sabha is very crucial for forest conservation. He elaborated on the "Gram Sabha” and its greater role in the recently launched “Gr
World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. This WED when India has been chosen as the global host, Delhi Greens invites everyone to participate in the WED 2011 Rally at India Gate on the 5th morning! And we ask all of you to find the Delhi Greens' Bus at the venue and leave us with your green messages. And for the rest of the day, we will take your messages forward by taking them to different public spaces across the city! So, come out in the lush greens of India Gate and smell the air to ensure it always remains clean! On this World Environment Day, Delhi Greens will also be launching an yearlong campaign: Earth-o-Care, to highlight the need to protect "our common environment" ...
National Coordinator of UNDP's Small Grants Programme P.S. Sodhi (r) at Green Haat. The festival highlights the real green economy which sustains a major part of India. India is the global host of the 2011 World Environment Day (WED), the principal vehicle through which the Unites Nations stimulates worldwide awareness about the environment every year. The WED theme for 2011 is Forests: Nature at Your Service. As part of the celebrations of the WED 2011, the Dilli Haat at INA has become the organizing venue for Green Haat: a portrait of the real green economy that sustains a major population of India. The Green Haat is being organized by the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India in association with various organisations like CEE (Centre for Environment Ed
Let the Sun Rise to a Green Morning at India Gate this World Environment Day! The Union Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) and the Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi invite every resident of Planet Earth to a Green Walkathon on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011. The Green Walkathon will be flagged off from India Gate at 6.30 am and will go on till Rafi Marg before returning to the India Gate lawns. Date: 5th June, 2011 (Sunday) Time: Registration begins at 5.30 am, Walkathon begins at 6.30 am Venue: India Gate, New Delhi A walk through the lush greens of India Gate gives an insight to the environment of New Delhi but also reminds of the degrading status of green spaces and environmental resources in the rest of Delhi and the countr
The Environment Department of the Government of NCT of Delhi has been coordinating the Eco Clubs Programme since over a decade now. The large number of Eco Clubs in different schools and colleges across Delhi have played an important role in creating environmental awareness amongst school children and youth. On the occasion of World Environment Day, Aastha Kukreti at Delhi Greens catches up with Delhi Govt's Eco Clubs In-charge Dr. B. C. Sabata who is also a Senior Scientific Officer in the Government's Department of Environment. Aastha Kukreti: What are the major initiatives taken by your Department to spread awareness about environmental protection especially with respect to children and youth? Dr. B.C. Sabata: The Department of Environment has been very active in spreading awarene...
It is that time of the year when activities carried out towards environment protection climax, and rejuvenate with even greater enthusiasm. As the calendar changes to the month of June, concerned people from around the world await the 5th date of the month to be celebrated as the World Environment Day (WED). WED is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action, involving everyone from everywhere. WED celebrations first began in 1972 and has since then grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations (UN) stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The WED 2011 is even more special for those living in India and in the India
Having almost always taken pride in being one of the greenest capital cities in the world, and led by a green Chief Minister as well, Delhi took the lead again in celebrating 5th June as the World Environment Day (WED) 2010...in style! The Hon'ble Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit "kickstarted" the day by launching an electric vehicle rally from her residence in order to promote zero emission pollution free 'green transport' in the city. Supported by Hero Electric, a subsidiary of Hero Group, the rally saw participation from large number of people from all age groups. From the CM’s Residence on Motilal Nehru Marg, the rally crossed Akbar Road, Shahjahan Road, Aurangzeb Road, Samrat Hotel to reach the NDMC Commonwealth Garden where a token plantation drive took place. What a day also
World Environment Day and the shades of ‘Green’ has been the talk of this blog over the last week. Ever considered the non green, ‘garbage’ part of environment? What is it that we know of this phenomenon? As much as garbage is a function and reality of man-made systems, it has always been a cultural fact and is, since the very beginning, part of the cultural history. Garbage is all pervasive in that each cultural system, or sub-system such as art, society, religion, including sociocultural and physical environment defines it, with its own logic, category and reality. Thus, garbage is defined and identified in quite different ways by different systems. This means that anything can be considered, or becomes garbage (or more appropriately 'waste') under certain systemic conditions.