The "world to word’ paradigm allows us to fix and manipulate the world in order to control and dominate it. The environmental perceptions dictates clichés such as “the world we live in, we have borrowed from our children rather than inherited from our elders” or “earth has enough resources to meet all our needs but not enough to meet even one person’s greed.” “Today’s solutions are tomorrow’s problems.” Therefore, the solutions we look for are embedded in the way we use language to define our problems. We look at our physical environment as a solution to our problem of survival: problem of having adequate food, water, and air, using energy. So the solutions are also dictated by it. It allowed us to separate certain parts of environment as natural resources. We then used the words to c
As human beings, we are born into a pre-existing world. Being born into a culture we inherit-words and language-we assume that words and languages describe this preexisting world. Because we think of language as something in response to the world or existing in order to deal with the world, language becomes a means to an end. It is a means to make sense of the world and to make sense of ‘why and how’ of things around us. This paradigm allows us only one way of thinking and doing things. The world is separate from us that we exploit for our benefit. Things that are useless are treated as waste or dirt or pollution to be discarded. It only allows us for fixing and changing things to our advantage, things that are not working or not working as well as we would like them to.This form of thi
Environmental degradation; habitat destruction; pollution; water scarcity; biodiversity loss; depleting forest cover; dam construction and its social implications; social unrest - are few of the issues demanding immediate attention in the North Eastern (seven sisters +1) states of India. Now, with the threat of climate change looming large, the only option is to come together for sustainable development of the region, before time runs out and moshttp://delhigreens.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2283t, if not, all is lost. The degradation of North East India’s environment and ad hoc “developmental” activities taking place in the region will impact the future generations much more severely than it is impacting the present generation. The future of the youth in the North East i
Editor's Note: Sampa Kundu has been working in the development sector for the past few years and after having finished her M.Phil from the University of Calcutta, has just moved into Delhi and has already begun exploring the city. After the sunset, its time to green the sunrise, the very next day! We all agree that a clean and safe environment is our first priority and requires immediate attention. But do we really bother about this issue? We all love to give advice and suggestions. We also love to make comments and criticize others and do not take into account our own faults. This is common and general human nature. So don’t feel bad and don’t put pressure on yourself by thinking "Yes, I did this wrong thing and I polluted my own environment...I threw up a plastic bag on the ro
A tree hangs not knowing where to go (and neither able to): an art piece from the 48c Public.Art.Ecology Festival The summer this year has been unusually--yet predictably--very hot. Hotter than previous Delhi summers in ways more than one: with not just a peak daily hot session but the high heat intensity starting earlier in the day and not giving any real relief until long after dusk. The city has become an ideal case study for the proponents of climate change, and with the monsoon both arriving late and only giving a guest apperance, the impact of global warming has never been so evident to so many. But is there more to the Delhi summer (heat) of 2009? The city is clearly under construction at present: both under and over ground. Delhi Metro, BRT corridor, Games Village, Malls a
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series A(H1N1), is a subtype of influenza virus A and the most common cause of influenza (flu) in humans. Some strains of H1N1 are endemic in humans, including the strain(s) responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic which killed 50–100 million people worldwide. Less virulent H1N1 strains still exist in the wild today, worldwide, causing a small fraction of all influenza-like illness and a large fraction of all seasonal influenza. World wide A/H1N1 virus has been confirmed in 5,728 patients in 33 countries, WHO said. The United States has the most, with 3,009 confirmed cases in 45 states, nearly 600 more probable cases and three deaths. Mexico has 58 confirmed deaths and Canada and Costa Rica each have confirmed one death from the infect
Between April '07 and December '08, some big names like CitiBank, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, BNP had their over billion dollar portfolios degrade rapidly. There is a real and present danger of recession in the global economy. As a response to this crisis, over the last few months have seen large global financial institutions and banks being bailed out by their respective governments in their countries in America and Europe, as well as other emerging markets economies. Stock markets collapsed in October '08 in India too and now in December they are fluctuating but within margins. There were three immediate Global impacts, that were experienced even by us in Delhi. There was food crisis in Asia, in January '08, inflation was up giving rise to increased food grain prices in the local markets. The...
Ecology and Economics are closely related issues. Being a student of Economics, I have 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 just...
Critical Mass is an event held in almost all major cities of the world, usually on the last Friday of every month, wherein a mass of cyclists ride through the streets of the city. The peak hour bicycle ride gives the subtle message to the motor-drivers, that cyclists exist too! The event is open to all the cycling enthusiasts and people who are concerned about environment, climate change, road accidents, health & fitness etc. NEXT Delhi CRITICAL MASS: Friday, the 28th of November, 2008! Starting from Vijay Chowk, 6.00 pm onwards The idea is also to celebrate cycling! Fore more information, visit: http://delhicriticalmass.in/ or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
It took a radical fast-unto-death decision by a Professor, playing the religion-political card and much activism, that the Government of India has now accepted the fact - otherwise as crystal clear as should have been the water of the Ganges - that the holiest of holy River Ganga is polluted, the Ganga Action Plan has failed and that constructing dams upstream of the river is only making matters worse. Earlier this year, pained by the unrelenting destruction of the Ganga river, Dr G. D. Agrawal, India’s pre-eminent scientist and a legendary Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at IIT-Kanpur went on a fast-unto-death to oppose the river’s continuing desecration. His campaign was taken up by leader of the opposition party who called for stopping all dam constructions upst