File photo of Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C) Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, addressing a press conference on the initiatives & achievements of the Ministry during the last four years in New Delhi. In a bizarre press release, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs of the Government of India has agreed that it will be cutting 14,031 trees in and around Sarojini Nagar in South Delhi (technically in South-west district of Delhi). "All the trees are not being cut," the statement begins with some relief. However it then clarifies, "Only 14,031 nos. trees are to be cut out of the existing trees of 21,040 nos." The press release further goes on to say that, "against the 21,040 nos. of existing trees; 23,475 nos. of trees shall be available in these colonies duri...
By the time you finish reading this post, more than 199 tons of paper will have been produced. About 3,068,381 trees will already have been chopped down for those sheets. And since making each kilogram of paper requires a whopping 324 liters of water – 58,479,732 liters will have been soaked up by the very same paper. 42% of all global wood harvest is eaten up by our paper needs. Is this easily replaceable commodity really what we want to spend our forest resources on, seeing as now we have plentiful technological alternatives? Maybe, we do want that. Because even though a reduction in paper usage was predicted due to the electronic revolution, that never actually happened. In fact, the demand for paper is expected to double by 2030. People simply don't want to stop using paper.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit Makes that extra effort to ensure the proper plantation of saplings during a Government led tree plantation drive. “Sir santhe rooke rahe to bhi sasto jaan“ (If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it.”), noted Amrita Devi Bishnoi as she hugged the trees to stop them from being felled. Trees have been serving humanity since times immemorial. The very existence of man would not have been possible without trees and other green plants. Trees also play an important role in the achievement of human security. Whether it is through the provision of livelihood resources (e.g. food, medicine, cooking fuel, construction materials etc) or ecosystem services such as water and air purification, climate regulation and erosion control, trees
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 11 (starting March 11, 2013) 2013. 1. Clean Yamuna on agenda, thousands arrive on way to Parliament After marching for about 150 kilometres since March 1, thousands of volunteers demanding a cleaner Yamuna reached the national Capital on Monday. 2. Forest dept has no clue on green loss for Metro phase-3 The Delhi forest department has said it does not know the quantum of non-forest land required for compensatory afforestation in lieu of trees to be felled for the third phase of the Metro rail project. Work for the third phase of the Metro started in November 2011. 3. NGT restrains construction of roads in Delhi Ridge area The National Green Tribunal today restrained construction of roads and
“I am here because I haven’t seen any stars in Delhi,” a simple statement from Parth Joshi, one of the delegates who attended Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010, gave an in-depth meaning to the summit’s aim and objective. To be a ‘change’ in the context of utilizing existing awareness and knowledge on environmental issues of Delhi was the foundation, based on which the two days youth summit was conducted. Another delegate, Nishant Bhaskar, Asst. Manager with Maruti Suzuki, shared his general interest on environmental issue. He said, “I am here because of personal reason. I am really passionate about the green cause. In fact, I dream of starting my own venture few years down the line. As of now, I want to understand what’s being done in Delhi to address the environmental problems. I