Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 19 (between May 4 to May 10) 2015. 1. NGT order: Fines slapped for burning waste in the open East Delhi Municipal Corporation has begun issuing challans for burning of garbage in the open. 2. Delhi kids learn to embrace trees The famous Chipko movement, initiated in 1970s as resistance to the destruction of trees in Uttarakhand, has now reached the capital, albeit in a more non-confrontational format. 3. NGT slams poor rainwater harvesting at AIIMS flyover The National Green Tribunal on Friday slammed public authorities over the "pathetic condition" of rainwater harvesting system at All India Institute of Medical Sciences flyover. 4. Delhiites will have to pay for polluting Yamuna, thro
Delhi Greens, Compassionate Living and a series of like minded organisations and individuals invite all concerned citizens of Delhi to the release of a booklet listing the 100 most suitable trees for Delhi NCR by Pradip Krishen. The booklet is entitled, "Pradip Krishen's List of 100 most suitable trees for Delhi NCR". Date: 16 August 2014 Time: 6.00 pm Venue: Lecture Room 2, Indian International Centre Annexe, New Delhi. Delhi has many trees, and we need many more. With increased pressure on the availability of land for plantation, it becomes essential to plant the right trees. The booklet entitled "Pradip Krishen's List of 100 most suitable trees for Delhi NCR" introduces some common and some very rarely spotted trees that survive best and more potential to contribute to the
Are the authorities themselves listening? Trees are a symbol of healthy ecosystem and the presence of large number of trees in any locality, town, district or city is an indicator of good health and prosperity. The Constitution of India provides for the Right to Life, which has also come to mean the Right to healthy environment. The latter can only be secured through maintaining existing trees and planting new ones. Yet, the various municipal and civic agencies in the NCT of Delhi continue to remain oblivion to the sorry state of concretized trees across India's National capital. It is most unfortunate to note that action for the protection of trees is coming only when concerned citizens are moving the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and urging the Court to ensure the protection of the tr...
Growth in the right way always yields good results. We go to salons every now and then to ensure good growth of our hair. If we do not pay attention to it and let it grow, obviously, the quality of the hair would decline and they won’t seem pretty too. Likewise, I remember my mother cutting the stem of plants in our terrace garden every month. As a child, I always wondered as to why did she cut it? But now I know the answer. It was basically done to remove the non-productive or dead parts. This process is called “pruning”. Pruning is the process of selective removal of parts of plants like buds, branches or roots. There are many reasons to it including deadwood removal, shaping, improving or maintaining their health, preparing nursery specimens for transplanting and increasing yield
The Compassionate Living organisation, which is working for an inclusive world, invites all interested to a workshop on the topic "RTI for Green Activists". The workshop will be conducted by Mr. Aditya Prasad, an upcoming young lawyer and his associates. The objective of the workshop is to help people understand and use the Right To Information (RTI) tool for protecting the environment. Venue: Ahimsa Bhawan, F-125, Lado Sarai, Near CNG Pump and the Crescent Qutub Mall Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 noon Date: 3 August, 2013 All those who are interested to participate need to pre-register by sending their name and phone number and confirm their registrations. These can be sent to Ms. Padmavati Dwivedi on the email: firstname.lastname@example.org Image by Stephen & Claire F
Visiting the Good Green Court: Aastha Kukreti of Delhi Greens along with DG summer interns outside the Hon'ble NGT All roads led to the Hon'ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) today morning as the Court remained full of environmental activists, environmental journalists and lawyers representing various public and private agencies. The proceedings of the Hon'ble NGT were like music to the ears of anyone concerned for protecting the environment since all the green wrongdoing was being highlighted and quashed. Among several cases like the ones exposing fraudulent Environmental Impact Assessment reports, clearing of waste from the Delhi Ridge etc, the case of deconcretisation of Delhi trees was also taken up today. The case (filed by Aditya Prasad & others) has been filed against all
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
Delhi Transport Infrastructure Advisory: Slow down, don't rush so fast. If you upset Nature, your "development" won't last. The Honorable National Green Tribunal (NGT) today stayed the felling of over 3,000 trees in Delhi which were to be cut for giving way to an elevated corridor. The case, filed by Dr. P.C. Prasad, Aditya N. Prasad and R.L. Mahunta, is not so much about stopping 'development' but for ensuring adequate planning and sustainable development of Delhi city. Members of Delhi Greens were also present during the hearing to provide their inputs and ensure the prevention of ad hoc felling of trees in Delhi. The Elevated Road Project for which the trees are being cut is being undertaken by the Public Works Department, GNCTD and has already commenced work along the Vikas P...
Charity, they say, begins at home. So does good greening! Trees outside the National Green Tribunal were deconcretized today, ahead of the next hearing on the deconcretisation of Delhi trees case (to be held on 12th July 2013). Delhi Greens has been actively supporting the campaign against deconcretisation of Delhi trees, which has now taken a legal turn for good.
Tree trouble: A concretised tree in Shreshta Vihar, Delhi (Image sent by Citizen Activist Anil Malhotra) The concretisation of trees in Delhi has been an ongoing process, not necessarily as a result of any planned strategy to damage, fell or reduce the number of trees in Delhi, but large as a callousness and ignorance of Delhiites towards the needs and rights of our tree friends. I discuss here some important reasons why concretisation as a process is on the rise in Delhi and why most of us don't care about it. Concretisation is a fiscal drive. It is a fact that each bit of soil is being covered in different parts of the the city, be it in the residential colonies, on the main avenues or even in institutional areas and campuses etc. One probable reason for this high rate and pace ...