Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series “We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.” - Marie Curie The role of radioactive substances is largely hidden especially in developing countries like India. With radiation becoming a key concern in today’s time, bringing information in the public domain is needed. The recent radiation exposure and loss of life has caught not only people’s
The real challenge starts at the end. And the preparation that went in to come to such an end is indeed praiseworthy. Over hundred delegates turned up to face the challenge Delhi is in and took a stand against climate change. Harnessing the beautiful minds of the youth were prominent figures working on environmental issues across different fields in the city. The carbon map of Delhi highlighted for the first time in public by its author Dr. Chirashree Ghosh, Asst. Professor in Delhi University, raised the temperature of the summit on the first day. The youth got a guiding map on how the city suffers at the hand of the climate change causing agent ‘CO2’. The second day brought forth what many delegates termed as the most exciting part of the summit, an ‘open discussion’ regarding var
“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
The urban biodiversity group at DYSoC 2010 The first day of “Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010 (DYSoC)”, witnessed a new phase in the environmental movement among the youth in the city. The youth who attended the summit meant and were ready for action. Without doubt it’s the youth who will inherit the city and with doubt and uncertainty around, they are debating their future. Throughout the day the delegates comprising school/ college students and young professionals kept their energy levels high to drive home their concerns and derive solutions to many of the pressing environmental issues the city is facing. The day started with a panel discussion with Dr. Chirashree Ghosh (DU), Gaurav Gupta, Jaimala Iyer and Madan Mohan. The Carbon Map of Delhi was the attraction of the day. Shar
A trip to the Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary got me thinking. I realized that the jungle supports livelihoods of the tribal people who have essentially been hunters and gatherers by profession. They do not own the forests or even part of it, they only access it and use it to meet their every day needs of survival. They go in the forests to collect food, fodder ,fuel and small timber. Just the way it is, without altering the habitat or without disrupting the resource base. They visit different places, trees, wines, shrubs in different seasons to collect berries-nuts-fruits-flowers-leaves and other products like honey or tree bark and roots. All that requires an intimate knowledge of the forest. These resources are not ‘free’ - as it needs efforts and knowledge to get them, without
On the occasion of Green Consumer Day, it is time to think and re-think of what we buy, how and the impact it has on us and on our common environment. Motivated by the universal need that has arisen, it is the day to carefully list down individual ways in which all of us can make a difference. Some Green Buying Tips to Keep in Mind: Walk or cycle to your marketplace Find out where your food comes from. Read, Research, Investigate! Buy local, always When buying, make the intelligent choice keeping your ecological footprint in mind Buy only when (and what) you really need to. The best way to be a green consumer is by not having to buy anything at all! Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. And Freecycle! Remember, the choices we make today have a long shelf life and an even longer ...
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series River Yamuna today is one of the most polluted and threatened river system in the country. This is despite more than a decade long effort by the state to rejuvenate it under the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) with results that do not inspire confidence in either the state's understanding of the problems facing the river or the approach taken by it to mitigate the ills facing the river till date. Yamuna Jiye Abhiyaan (YJA) - which is a research based campaign run by a consortium of a number of NGOs and individuals in the city - has studied the river for over two and a half years now, and have resultantly arrived at an understanding about the ills facing the river and possible solutions that would facilitate a rejuventaion of the
Hindon cut just before entering the Yamuna in Delhi India Habitat Centre is hosting a summit titled 'Alternate Urban Futures for India’ later in this month. There is a lovely exhibit creating a future for reclaiming the nullah that is the Yamuna river from dirty sewage carrying drains, to cleaning it up by setting pipelines that will transport drain water away from the river to large sewage treatment plants. While this could be a solution, the last mile connectivity is still a challenge the solution for which may be found during the Summit. After all, the ‘Summit has been designed as a communication vehicle to position key policy issues and to highlight opportunities for positive change by showcasing community-oriented community urban regeneration projects.’ I have always argued fo
In the last twenty years, computers have revolutionized our daily life. In our every day life we use cell phones, sit in front of various screens like our PCs, television sets etc. and use our microwaves and fridges for keeping ourselves well fed quickly. Travel reservations have become so easy with the computers and cellular phones. The other thing that we do is replace our mobiles, computers, fridges, washing machines etc. more frequently than we need to. My mother uses a fridge she got in 1989, while I have changed 4 since then. I have to have the most recent good looking fridge as my friends have it. I have to keep up with the latest. Same goes for cell phones, computers, stereos and microwaves. This consumerism is great for our city and economy as it increases demand which in t...
Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) is an independent grant-making program of the Just Environment Charitable Trust and supported by the Ford Foundation. The initiative is dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the area of environmental justice by catalysing grassroots initiatives; triggering new imagination; bringing in new perspectives; encouraging crossover linkages; promoting community participation, and providing greater opportunities to connect to the environmental thinking. EEJP is currently inviting proposals for the year 2009 under the Environmental Small Grants (for grassroots organisations) and Environmental Fellowships (for young individuals) scheme. The focus under the current phase of EEJP (2009-2012) is on the c