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Celebrating the Man Behind Delhi Greens!

Celebrating the Man Behind Delhi Greens!

Green Personas
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
Growing Young With Green Mangoes

Growing Young With Green Mangoes

Articles
It is my friend’s birthday today. I picked up the phone and wished him. While talking on the phone, we tried to relive our past of climbing trees and eating green mangoes. Staring out of the window, there it is, a bunch of green mangoes, between the delicate white flowers of Jamun tree, and the light yellow spotted flowers of the Tamarind tree on the compound wall of our society. I have looked at them almost every day since the past one month, but have no courage to do anything to get them. We, as kids, have often climbed these trees and thrown stones so as to drop some mangoes and almost always gotten scolded by adults. As an adult, I now continue this tradition of scolding the kids for doing so! As I look out, there are a few kids from the block who have gathered around the tree w
Take Care Take Charge: Submit your Idea for Greener Cities

Take Care Take Charge: Submit your Idea for Greener Cities

Green Jobs
Take Care | Take Charge, a Garnier Times of India Campaign with the Center for Environment Education as the Knowledge Partner invites ideas on green and sustainable solutions to environmental issues under various themes. These can include an innovative technology solution, a marketing solution, practice, or a way of impacting behaviour for positive change. The ideas should be innovative and have the power to change the world: Something you can do yourself, Can be done in your community Or you would want expert institutions/Govt. to pick up and implement to Make your city Green! The campaign is primarily being run in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore but invites young people from across India to participate. The broad themes of the campaign under which ...
UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

UN Habitat’s Fifth World Urban Forum Concludes in Rio

Green Alert
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...
20th March, 2010: World House Sparrow Day

20th March, 2010: World House Sparrow Day

Events
If there is one bird you can remember from your childhood, it would probably be the House Sparrow. Since it lives in close proximity with humans, the House Sparrow is, for most of us, the first bird we learn to identify. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness how the House Sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds. The association goes back centuries. No other bird has been associated with the day-to-day life of humanity like the House Sparrow. It is a bird that evokes fond memories and has thus found mention in folklore and songs from time immemorial. Till not very long ago, the House Sparrow was one of the most abundant and common birds in the world. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and now face a shaky future, their...
Time to Be the Change: Gandhi Fellowships Announced

Time to Be the Change: Gandhi Fellowships Announced

Green Alert
Inviting graduates, post graduatesand young working professionals across disciplines...to be a part of the solution! Gandhi Fellowship , an initiative of Kaivalya Education Foundation is an intensive 2-year programme that helps talented young people develop the leadership skills to cause disproportionate positive change in society. The Fellowship challenges these young people to support primary school headmasters to turn around their failing schools, thus improving the quality of education provided in India’s government schools. By taking on real challenges and solving ‘live’ problems that exist today in schools across India, Fellows learn the generic skills that will allow them to lead change on a wide range of issues in other sectors. In the process Fellows are themselves supporte
Call for Proposals: The CITY as STUDIO Sarai-CSDS Fellowship

Call for Proposals: The CITY as STUDIO Sarai-CSDS Fellowship

Green Alert
The Sarai Programme at the Center for Study of Developing Societies, Delhi is an interdisciplinary platform for the investigation and interpretation of contemporary urban experience. Sarai produces events and processes, publishes offline and online content and generates contexts for research and creative practice concerning contemporary urban conditions. The Sarai Media Lab invites expressions of interest and intent from artists and practitioners in diverse media - textual, visual, aural, spatial and temporal - who could be - visual artists (photographers, sculptors, installation artists, graphic artists), writers and independent scholars, filmmakers, architects, experimental musicians and composers, sound recordists, performers and people whose practices straddle or transcend diffe...

Targeting the Urban Poor

Articles
Without inclusive growth, that includes the poor, the rich cannot survive in a city. Thank you for appreciating the development and environment combination of the blog. Your time is precious and I appreciate you making it available to comment on the Blog. There is a dominant tendency on our part to think that poor living in the cities are a homogenous lot with same problems and therefore need uniform solution in the form of anti poverty programmes. JNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission) is an example of inclusive growth for the poor in the cities. Although in all honesty, while it does make efforts toward targeting heritage cities and look for unique needs of different cities, it does not take into account the needs of different slum settlements within a city. My own experien...
Toxics Link Public Lecture Series: Screening of The Final Tide at IIC

Toxics Link Public Lecture Series: Screening of The Final Tide at IIC

Events
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The Final Tide Impact of Climate Change on Urbanscape: Sustainability Issue Climate change has long-since ceased to be a scientific curiosity, and is no longer just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns. As the United Nations Secretary General has said, it is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time, and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other dimensions that include designing sustainable city forms. Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Key concerns include sea level rise, land loss, changes in maritime storms and flooding, responses to sea leve
Migrants and the Migration Pattern

Migrants and the Migration Pattern

Green Alert
When we say ‘Our Delhi’ we mean it is our city, the city belongs to us and not to all those ‘others’ who are coming to the city in search of jobs or higher education. Therefore we have some preconceived notions about who we consider as outsiders, migrants. The popular belief about migrants is that they are losers, dregs of society who could not adjust to their parents or neighbours. Or they are here to compete with us and taking away our jobs. And that determines our attitude toward migrants. The difference between migration and exodus is why people leave their origin. Migration is a choice that they exercise. Exodus is persecution and plight. Interestingly even animals migrate from one habitat which is basically seasonal, and for better options and opportunities. Why can’t we grant