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Essay Competition: Towards a United, Peaceful and Sustainable Asia

Essay Competition: Towards a United, Peaceful and Sustainable Asia

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The Asian Citizens Assembly 2010 (ACA 2010) invites citizens from across Asia to come together to discuss the several grave challenges the continent is facing and to explore how we, as Asians, can approach these challenges with consensus. The ACA will strategically look at 5Es (Ethics, Equity, Economy, Education and Ecology) to begin with, to bring about change in their continent and to work towards Peace and Sustainable Development. In this regard, the ACA 2010 is organising an Essay Competition for students and young professionals themed on "Towards a United, Peaceful and Sustainable Asia: The Need and the Way(s) Forward". The essay should talk about the role of youth in shaping a united, peaceful and sustainable Asia. Today’s youth have the mindset and attitude of being the globa
Problems of Today…and a Hope for a Green Future

Problems of Today…and a Hope for a Green Future

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In the solutions of today are problems of tomorrow. Take for example the environmental problems of today, before the mid 70’s no one really talked about them. Industrialization and mass production of goods and services was not seen as a problem but a solution to ‘human wants’, a desirable outcome. It was the seminal article of Rachel Carson that the environmental issues of industrial pollution began to be seen as an ‘problem’. But wait a minute. It is not that simplistic. We do go closer to restoring the natural cycle we have disrupted by our intervention over time as we realize it. As, after the problems came clean technology, reduce, reuse, recycle, and more and more efficient production of goods. In the 80's, there were talks of deforestation and fast growing Eucalyptus trees
Invite to Building Alternatives: Workshop on Sustainable Development

Invite to Building Alternatives: Workshop on Sustainable Development

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The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) in collaboration with Shanthigiri Research Foundation, Delhi Division invites concerned citizens for a two-day National Workshop on “Sustainable Development: Building Alternatives” at the Auditorium, NMML on 21-22 April 2010. Date: 21st and 22nd April, 2010 Time: 9.30 am onwards Venue: Auditorium, Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Lane, New Delhi - 110011 The underlying objective of the conference is to bring together on a common platform the scientists, social scientists, policy makers, government institutions, NGOs and activists engaged in developing  environment friendly technologies and methods in the areas of agriculture, water harvesting, transportation and energy with a view to provide wide dissemination of innovative tec
Hello!!

Hello!!

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No doubt there are environmental costs to the rolling out of the physical infrastructure like water supply pipes or roads or electric city production and distribution and even telecom development. We are all concerned of the cost to the environment. The public policies like Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) gets a flack from us development professionals for similar reasons. But have we seriously considered what life is like without any of these infrastructure roll outs? I clearly remember that October night, the night before Bhaiya Duj in Diwali. I was standing in my neighbours house some twenty five years ago using their large black telephone instrument. It was almost past 10.30 pm. I had already made one wrong number, one engaged call and another got disconnecte...
UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

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Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN Habitat at the WUF The World Urban Forum is one of the world's premier conferences on cities. It was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing problems facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies. The Fifth Session of the World Urban Forum recently concluded in Rio de Janeiro with speakers and participants hailing it as the most successful one ever staged. Over 13,000 participants from 150 countries around the world attended the Session and shared ideas on how to cope with the challenges of urbanization. In her speech, the UN-HABITAT Executive Director Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka challenged the Forum participants to think long and...
Invite: Seminar on Water for Indian Cities

Invite: Seminar on Water for Indian Cities

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A disturbing phenomenon observed in most developing countries of the world is the failure of city governments in meeting the basic needs of the urban population. It is a well known fact that inadequate levels of infrastructure and services adversely affect the quality of urban life as well as the economic productivity, and affect the process of sustainable development. Taking note of the implications arising from low levels of urban infrastructure development in Indian Cities, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), Germany is organizing a Seminar on 'Water for Indian Cities'. Date: 6th April, 2010 (Tuesday) Time: 9.30 am Venue: 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110002 (Opp. Bal Bhawan) The
Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

Learning to Look at the Larger Picture

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200 mosquitoes swarmed into our bedroom last night. Some of them also managed to get into our mosquito net which meant a sleepless night. The impact it had on our lives was upsetting and bad tempers. Our local society is complaining that ever since the Delhi Metro work began in our neighborhood, it has interfered with the ecological balance of the system we live in. We have had more malaria infections and more irritating nights. Eventually, the property prices of our neighborhood may well get affected. This way of being helpless and victimized allows us to find faults with the others without looking at what we are getting out of it. We are all going to be better off as a city infrastructure improves due to the growth in the city. The Delhi Metro is, after all, a major infrastructure...
From Acquiring Knowledge to Being the Change

From Acquiring Knowledge to Being the Change

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Ever considered the question: how do we acquire knowledge about the physical environment around us? The easiest way to get to know about environment in general and environmental issues in particular is to open a text book. In our academic curriculum, in our schools and colleges, in any discipline, we will get enough information about the issues and problems of modern day environment. If we are extra curious, we can go to the nearby library to get books on specific aspects of environment like wildlife or birds or trees or flowers and butterflies. Beyond this there are those interesting slide shows by people who have gone there and captured it all in slides or movies of their own. These are frequently offered in colleges and University film clubs and in IIC and IHC in the city.  If we
Tending to the Climate Affected: Charity or Responsibility

Tending to the Climate Affected: Charity or Responsibility

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Your involved participation in the conversation on various issues and your pragmatic actions continue to inspire me to write the blog. Thank you for the continued encouragement, since a little over one year now. May this year be as inspiring to you as it is for me. We all have our concerns about climate change. With the temperature of Earth likely to rise by two degrees over the next decade, the extreme weather events are likely to increase. The winters will be more severe, summers more hot and there would be more precipitation leading to increased flooding, droughts and severe cold. One major concern is to ensure that the human species is able to survive all this. We don't here much about population increase now. We believe that all human beings, if given the right training and sup...
Welcome 2010: International Year of Biodiversity!

Welcome 2010: International Year of Biodiversity!

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The term ‘Biodiversity’, as defined by Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, is the variety of all forms of life, from genes to species, present throughout in the narrow to the broad scale of ecosystems. "Biodiversity" was coined as a contraction of "biological diversity" in 1985 by the W.G. Rosen for the first planning meeting of the 'National Forum on Biodiversity' held in Washington DC (September 1986), the proceedings of which (E.O. Wilson and F.M. Peter, 1988) brought the notion of biodiversity to the attention of a wide field of scientists and others. But over the years, the new term arguably has taken on a meaning and import of its own. Why is Biodiversity important? Biodiversity boosts ecosystem productivity where each species, no matter how small, have an important role t