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Paradigm Shift II

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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
This Diwali, You Can (and Must) Be the Change!

This Diwali, You Can (and Must) Be the Change!

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Deepawali is the festival of lights and celebrations! Let us make sure it is an enjoyable experience for every living being as much as it is for us. After all, there is no joy greater than than the joy of making others happy! This Diwali, BE THE CHANGE! Do Not burst crackers and make others aware about the adverse impacts it has on 'our common environment'. The environmental impact of bursting of crackers are both visible as well as not so apparent. While the noise pollution caused by the crackers is highly disturbing even for humans (young and old alike, very dangerous for pregnant women and infants), they at least understand and expect the noise. Animals are caught unaware, and get scared as well as very disturbed by the noise. While we know the impact on domesticated animals suc
Public Lecture: Rejuvenation of River Yamuna: A Blue Print for Action

Public Lecture: Rejuvenation of River Yamuna: A Blue Print for Action

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Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series River Yamuna today is one of the most polluted and threatened river system in the country. This is despite more than a decade long effort by the state to rejuvenate it under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) with results that do not inspire confidence in either the state's understanding of the problems facing the river or the approach taken by it to mitigate the ills facing the river till date. Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan (YJA) - which is a research based campaign run by a consortium of a number of NGOs and individuals in the city - has studied the river for over two and a half years now, and have resultantly arrived at an understanding about the ills facing the river and possible solutions that would facilitate a rejuventaion of the
Annoucement: Fellowships Available with EEJP

Annoucement: Fellowships Available with EEJP

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Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) is an independent grant-making program of the Just Environment Charitable Trust and supported by the Ford Foundation. The initiative is dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the area of environmental justice by catalysing grassroots initiatives; triggering new imagination; bringing in new perspectives; encouraging crossover linkages; promoting community participation, and providing greater opportunities to connect to the environmental thinking. EEJP is currently inviting proposals for the year 2009 under the Environmental Small Grants (for grassroots organisations) and Environmental Fellowships (for young individuals) scheme. The focus under the current phase of EEJP (2009-2012) is on the c
Cultural Garbage

Cultural Garbage

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An earlier blog post dealt with the concept of garbage. The term is a function and reality of man-made systems. The word has existed since the very beginning and is also part of cultural history. The post referred to the term garbage as waste generated from the use of raw material needed for cooking and living our everyday lives. The residual - garbage - impacts the physical 'environmental' quality of our lives. Here is a possibility that it may also refer to a part of socio-religious city space. Thus defined, garbage will be identified in quite different ways and would refer to built spaces in a city, with very different visible outcomes. Cities tend to grow in concentric circles. Delhi is no exception. We have reference to our city being built nine times over and every time it ...
Cleaning the Yamuna

Cleaning the Yamuna

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Yamuna River passing through the city of Delhi is polluted and every one is concerned. There is money spent on it. 1200 cr. worth of efforts were spent on Yamuna Action Plan Phase I and Yamuna Action Plan Phase II on creating the STP and physical infrastructure in treating the waste water that gets generated per day in the city. Setting up of Sewage Treatment plants along 42 towns and cities in the up steam of the river was part of the YAP I, while the Phase II is mainly focused on Delhi Metropolitan Region with Delhi Jal Board managing the project. Serious deficiencies and back log in sanitation and waste water services have resulted in the dwindling of water flow and is 80% of the source of ‘non point pollution’ in the river. The usual rhetoric is to blame the victims: Of the tota
Dissemination Workshop on ‘Study on Radioactive Waste in India’

Dissemination Workshop on ‘Study on Radioactive Waste in India’

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Toxics Link invites all to participate in a dissemination workshop on the ‘Study on Radioactive Waste in India’ as part of the recently concluded study taken up by Toxics Link, with support from Heinrich Boll Foundation, aimed at mapping the civilian nuclear fuel cycle in India with a clear focus on waste generation and management practices and flagging critical issues therein. Date: 2nd December, 2008 Time: 11 am to 4 pm Venue: PHD House, (Mohta Room), Siri Institutional Area, New Delhi The workshop seeks to bring together an eclectic mix of experts from the nuclear establishments, scientific community, academia, civil society, international agencies and media. The objective is to share the initial findings with the participants and seek inputs that can be incorporated in finalisi
South Asian Conference on Alternatives Mecury in the Health Care Sector

South Asian Conference on Alternatives Mecury in the Health Care Sector

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Mercury pollution is a serious global environmental and human health problem which causes various adverse impacts throughout the world. The healthcare industry is one of the glaring examples of mishandling of mercury. Healthcare uses mercury in many ways like in thermometer, sphygmomanometer, dental amalgam, chemicals etc. The scattered source combined with lack of awareness regarding mercury among the healthcare workers is of grave concern in South Asian Region. Viable alternative technologies are readily available and are increasingly being used by the health care sector in countries around the world. The World Health Organization’s policy is to promote a transition to these alternatives. To address the issue it is important to engage with key stakeholders in health sector in South
River Pollution Control Strategy: Ganga Declared the “National River” of India

River Pollution Control Strategy: Ganga Declared the “National River” of India

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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
Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

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As has been the trend, the ambient air and noise pollution levels for Deepawali 2008 were monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The results after data analysis for Deepawali 2008 were finally what we have been trying to achieve since a long time. Findings reveal that noise levels as well as air pollution levels this year have gone down with respect to Deepawali 2007.   This could be due to the following two reasons: Bursting of lesser number of crackers. Favourable meteorological conditions like increased mixing of height and temperature, both being higher than Deepawali 2007. This monitoring was conducted at seven and nine places all over Delhi, for air and noise pollution levels respectively. Level of SO2 declined considerably at all locations as com
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