Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 19 (starting May 6, 2013) 2013. 1. Decreasing greens, worrisome matter Environmentalist Govind Singh feels that the, “decreasing green cover will increase the carbon footprint. We need to protect our habitat, flora and fauna and for that we need trees. The most common issues that will crop as a result of the depleted cover will be increase in pollution leading to an increase in cases of asthma and the rain pattern being affected.” 2. Green brigade slams DDA plan to allow gyms at parks 'Its an invitation to concretise the city at the cost of its green cover. People come to parks to enjoy the greenery and nature. The DDA decision will change the basic character of parks,' said Govind Singh, a city e
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 17 (starting April 22, 2013) 2013. 1. Weak law enforcement and apathy defeat efforts to save capital Govind Singh, the director of Delhi Greens, says that along with passing rules, the government needs to sensitize people. "Delhiites need to understand that if they are being asked not to cut trees or not to throw e-waste into bins, it is not just for the benefit of the tree or for waste collectors. 2. Kids celebrate Earth Day with Sheila Over 4,000 children from across 400 schools in the city gathered at Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence on Friday to participate in the grand carnival organised by the Delhi Government to mark the culmination of Earth Week-2013. 3. Delhi can’t outlive the
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 16 (starting April 15) 2013. 1. It’s official: fewer saplings planted for each tree felled in the Capital A statement on Delhi forest department website confirms the fear of the civil society groups and makes it official that fewer saplings are being planted to make up for the green cover loss. 2. Plot owners in Delhi to abide by new green norms Owners of plots of size 3,000 sq m and above will soon have a list of mandatory provisions to abide by. Management action groups have proposed an amendment to the Master Plan 2021 wherein local bodies need to ensure that building plans for such plots have a number of environment-friendly features in place. 3. Leaking pipes, dirty water and an ailing DJB
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 15 (starting April 8, 2013) 2013. 1. 'Develop around greens, not through it' Govind Singh, who works with Delhi Greens, a non-governmental organisation working on biodiversity and tree conservation issues, spoke to Darpan Singh on the need to change our policies and priorities. 2. Residents join hands to save Mehrauli park A group of Delhiites came together to highlight the poor condition of the Mehrauli Archaelogical Park on Sunday. They also held a ‘Save the Park’ protest in front of the municipal garbage dump adjacent to Qutub Green Apartments in Mehrauli. 3. RWAs want concrete action to save trees Don't choke trees on concrete. This plea topped a number of recommendations made by citizens
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 14 (starting April 1, 2013) 2013. 1. The shadow cast by toxicity Metrolife spoke to few environmentalists for their stand on the river’s harmful effects. Govind Singh, Director, Delhi Greens, an NGO studying the Yamuna imbroglio, said, “It is no longer a river now, it is a drain.” 2. Noisy Delhi to get a sound check An average Delhiite is exposed to noise levels several notches higher than what is safe. Experts say this leads to serious health implications — from deafness to heart conditions to sleep disorders. 3. A shocker: Not a single public toilet in whole of rural Delhi It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Anyone travelling the length of the rural belt of Delhi that stretches from
In the past two decades of global climate awakening--as the world 'negotiated' and 'renegotiated' climate deals--one man took upon himself to rendezvous the world with the 'Inconvenient Truth'. The man needs no introduction to climate activists around the planet and little, if any, introduction to the global political class. Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. (popularly known as Al Gore) former Vice President of the United States and currently an author, businessman, and environmental activist has been spearheading a global campaign of educating citizens about global warming largely through the documentary titled 'An Inconvenient Truth' (2006). Gore did not restrict himself to the US alone but went across the world to create a global force consisting of specially trained climate activists who are
Leading environmental and birding groups in Delhi invite all of you to join us on 13th February, 2011 (Sunday) for the BIG BIRD DAY 2011. On this day, different teams comprising birding enthusiasts will cover different parts of the Delhi city and around (and even other parts of the country), to inventorize a list of sighted birds. The idea is to record as many bird species for the day as we see. The tally would be of all the teams to see how many species we get collectively. Interested citizens can join any of the teams mentioned below. Two years ago the count was 227, last year it was 225. Some results from earlier years: 2010, 14th March - 225 species 2009, 22nd February - 227 species 2008, 24th February - 203 species 2006, 12th November - 183 species 2006, 22nd F...
The “Enviro Lecture Series” organised by the Northeast Center for Environmental Education and Research (NECEER) in partnership with Delhi Greens and Jamia Millia Islamia was successfully conducted yesterday amidst the endless rain beating the capital city. Many young enthusiastic students and research scholars attended the lecture series which highlighted the environmental issues and impacts of climate change in the Northeast region of India. The event brought together prominent figures who are concerned and have worked in the region to share their experiences and thoughts with the delegates. Dr. Sandeep Tiwari of the Wildlife Trust of India talked about the importance of the region in terms of its rich biodiversity and how the region supports numerous wildlife species. He was of th
Conventional is what he doesn’t look for in life….attracted to nature…and in love with environment. Asked him what his ideal way of spending Valentine ’s Day and without a blink of his eyes he will tell you, “Visiting the Yamuna, walking in the Delhi Ridge …” That’s the man behind Delhi Greens, Govind Singh. As an answer to my question whether he believes in celebrating birthday, he replied saying ‘life is too big a thing to be celebrated just a day ….it needs to be celebrated each day’. But a day like today in all days of the year can be counted worthy enough putting a blog post celebrating the man who gave birth to this blog. The struggle to save trees in north campus Delhi University where he was pursuing his masters resulted in a beautiful outcome, the very platform I take the
Lok Sabha MP Dr. Thokchom Meinya (third from left), Govind Singh from Delhi Greens (center), Dr. Irfan Quereshi from Jamia Millia Islamia (first from right) along with other Save Loktak Campaigners at Gandhi Darshan in New Delhi It is one of the largest freshwater lake in India's North-East and hosts the world's only floating island National Park - the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the last habitat of the less than 200 remaining population of Sangai, the brow antlered dancing deer of Manipur. And now, the rapidly degrading and much threatened Loktak Lake has a second chance - a voice at the Center and an echo from the region. On 7th March, 2010, the North East Center for Environmental Education & Research (NECEER), in partnership with a series of organisations, launched an Int...