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Waste Marvel Rock Garden’s Creator Nek Chand Frozen in History

Waste Marvel Rock Garden’s Creator Nek Chand Frozen in History

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If there is something that Chandigarh has that Delhi has always wanted, it is the waste marvel Rock Garden, a garden decorated entirely from waste material. Curated by the visionary Nek Chand in the 1970s, the Rock Garden has been a symbol of reuse and recycle tradition of the Indian sub-continent! The Rock Garden attracts visitors from around the world and has also been a iconic symbol for promoting responsible waste management. The founder of the Rock Garden, Padma Shree Awardee Nek Chand passed away in Chandigarh at the age of 90. Born in Pakistan in 1924 and and migrated to India in 1947, Nek Chand's motto as displayed around the Rock Garden had always been, "There is so much more to do." Nek Chand's vision and foresight has frozen him in time and space, and as...
CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

Green Alert
Growing urbanization has resulted into increased generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) which needs to be managed by adopting environmentally sustainable technologies so as to keep our cities clean and protect the environment. Use of landfills may not be sustainable as it requires land which is scarce and also associated with a potential risk of surface and groundwater pollution due to leachate generation and deteriorated ambient air quality due to bad odour, flies, methane emission, fires etc. There is also a growing need to minimize the cost of managing MSW through recovery of resources and energy instead of disposal into landfill. Giving utmost importance to the Municipal Solid Waste Management, the Central Pollution Control Board  (CPCB) celebrated the occasion of World
When Will the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Toxic Waste Be Cleaned – An Environment Day Appeal

When Will the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Toxic Waste Be Cleaned – An Environment Day Appeal

Green Alert
Residents of Bhopal gather atop the mound overlying the hazardous toxic waste with the banner asking when will the toxic mess be cleaned up and forming a big concerning question mark. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy, one of the worst industrial disasters that India has witnessed till date, took place on the night of 2nd December 1984 in the Indian capital city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. While the cause of the disaster has been kept under debate, it is largely accepted and believed that the Union Carbide accident took place due to poor maintenance of the industrial plant which so as to avoid the cost of maintenance and prevent expenditure made for making the industrial plant safe for its workers and surrounding population. Twelve years later, in 1996, several thousand tons of hazardous w...
Stop Burning Leaves Delhi, Its Against the Law And Against Your Health

Stop Burning Leaves Delhi, Its Against the Law And Against Your Health

Green Alert
FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR AND YOUR CHILDREN's HEALTH, please call 011-49993555 if you find anyone burning leaves around your house on a regular basis. You ca also approach that person, explain her/him the health impacts (lung disorder and respiratory problems that reduce a person's life span by many years) of leaf burning and suggest alternate measures (like composting or even dumping the leaves in a municipal bin). A complete ban on burning of leaves or any kind of waste or garbage in public spaces like parks and gardens has been around for quite some time now. However, its implementation has been wanting and maalis and other individuals have continued this habit of burning leaves after sweeping them on one corner. As a result, Delhi's air gets even more polluted from leaf burning, a...
Revisiting AAP’s Election Manifesto for Identifying Environmental Action Plans

Revisiting AAP’s Election Manifesto for Identifying Environmental Action Plans

Green Alert
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which was formed as a result of a popular anti-corruption movement, has now made it to the corridors of power in the National Capital Territory of Delhi! Being a people's movement, AAP made no mistake in reaching out to the people of Delhi especially through its innovative 'Delhi Dialogue' strategy. We bring out and identify 26 out of the total 70 Action Points from the AAP's Election Manifesto in order to understand and follow-up with the Delhi Government on its Environmental Action Plan. Aam Aadmi Party's election manifesto is sub-divided below into five environmental related sectors of Water and Sanitation, Waste, Energy, Transport, Urban Biodiversity and Urban Planning. It is hoped that the present Delhi Government will ensure the fulfilling of these p...
Biomedical Waste Management in Delhi: Need of the Hour

Biomedical Waste Management in Delhi: Need of the Hour

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Biomedical waste is defined as any waste which is generated from any health related facility and which could be injurious to the health and well being humans or the environment. Consequently, under the Biomedical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules 1998, all health care institutions are required to handle biomedical waste in a specified manner. Delhi generates approximately 7,000 metric tonnes of waste out every day out of which 70 tonnes/day is the biomedical waste. According to a Government report (2010), only about 10.125 tonnes/day of biomedical waste gets properly treated in Delhi. This is concerning and we will have to much more than what we are doing at present to ensure minimum exposure to the health risks posed by inadequate handling of biomedical waste. Fortunately, a rec...
Perception and Legal Standing of Waste to Energy Projects in Delhi

Perception and Legal Standing of Waste to Energy Projects in Delhi

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Socio-enviro-economic crisis: Children among ragpickers at the Okhla Landfill Site. Waste to energy is essentially the process of generating electricity or heat from the direct burning of waste. The concept has been adequately exploited in developed countries and is known to be an environmentally considerate technology. Delhi’s first attempt at converting waste to energy was back in 1987. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) commissioned the Timarpur Refuse Incineration-cum-Power Generation Station at a capital cost of Rs. 20 crores (US$ 4.4 million) in that year. The Plant is said to have not run for more than 21 days of trial operations due to the low calorific value of Delhi’s waste (600- 700 kcal/kg as against the required 1462.5 kcal/kg. More recently, Delhi h
Delhi Greens to Promote Environmental Laws Starting Earth Day 2013

Delhi Greens to Promote Environmental Laws Starting Earth Day 2013

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Earth Rise: The Apollo 8 image of the Earth from lunar orbit (Dec 24, 1968). "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." - Apollo 8 broadcast 22nd April is celebrated as Earth Day, a day when more than one billion people come together to take part in calling for action for protecting the only Planet we call 'Home'.  The history of Earth Day dates back to 1970 when, after the 1969 massive oil spill in California, Santa Barbara, the then U.S. Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson founded the concept of Earth Day. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Gaylord Nelson realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto
Waste to Magic Workshop in Bal Bharti Public School

Waste to Magic Workshop in Bal Bharti Public School

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It is indeed rightly said that childhood is a magic period! It is a time when when the child's imagination has no limits and her thinking is most beautiful. Given anything to make something creative out of anything, she will without doubt come out with some or the other adorable souvenir! This is what was experienced by the members and volunteers of the Delhi Greens 'Waste to Magic' project team while conducting a workshop at the Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura. The Waste to Magic workshop turned out to be (what is usually is) an exciting and interactive exchange of concerns and ideas about creative ways of reducing, reusing and recycling our 'waste'. Its conclusion was the very redefinition of the word 'waste', from something that is not needed and should be discarded to something...
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