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
Yamuna River passing through the city of Delhi is polluted and every one is concerned. There is money spent on it. 1200 cr. worth of efforts were spent on Yamuna Action Plan Phase I and Yamuna Action Plan Phase II on creating the STP and physical infrastructure in treating the waste water that gets generated per day in the city. Setting up of Sewage Treatment plants along 42 towns and cities in the up steam of the river was part of the YAP I, while the Phase II is mainly focused on Delhi Metropolitan Region with Delhi Jal Board managing the project. Serious deficiencies and back log in sanitation and waste water services have resulted in the dwindling of water flow and is 80% of the source of ‘non point pollution’ in the river. The usual rhetoric is to blame the victims: Of the tota
World Environment Day and the shades of ‘Green’ has been the talk of this blog over the last week. Ever considered the non green, ‘garbage’ part of environment? What is it that we know of this phenomenon? As much as garbage is a function and reality of man-made systems, it has always been a cultural fact and is, since the very beginning, part of the cultural history. Garbage is all pervasive in that each cultural system, or sub-system such as art, society, religion, including sociocultural and physical environment defines it, with its own logic, category and reality. Thus, garbage is defined and identified in quite different ways by different systems. This means that anything can be considered, or becomes garbage (or more appropriately 'waste') under certain systemic conditions.
Delhi city is a home for 15 million people and yet it only provided adequate housing for less than 20% of this figure. The rest live in slums and in jhuggi-jhomparis. The clean drinking water demand of the city is 3,324 MGD but it gets only 2,034 MGD of water. Even when 80% of the total water consumed goes out as sewage, the city has a treatment capacity of only 512.4 MGD. Delhi gets an average of 240 litres per capita per day of safe drinking water. Wells are drying up and you have to dig deeper to access them. The city produces 4000 tons of solid waste (garbage) that is currently managed by MCD centrally collected and disposed off in sanitary land fill sites. Of these , 32% is compost matter. Thus the story of Delhi is that of unclean streets, untreated water and accumulating garbage.
Toxics Link invites all to participate in a dissemination workshop on the ‘Study on Radioactive Waste in India’ as part of the recently concluded study taken up by Toxics Link, with support from Heinrich Boll Foundation, aimed at mapping the civilian nuclear fuel cycle in India with a clear focus on waste generation and management practices and flagging critical issues therein. Date: 2nd December, 2008 Time: 11 am to 4 pm Venue: PHD House, (Mohta Room), Siri Institutional Area, New Delhi The workshop seeks to bring together an eclectic mix of experts from the nuclear establishments, scientific community, academia, civil society, international agencies and media. The objective is to share the initial findings with the participants and seek inputs that can be incorporated in finalisi
Mercury pollution is a serious global environmental and human health problem which causes various adverse impacts throughout the world. The healthcare industry is one of the glaring examples of mishandling of mercury. Healthcare uses mercury in many ways like in thermometer, sphygmomanometer, dental amalgam, chemicals etc. The scattered source combined with lack of awareness regarding mercury among the healthcare workers is of grave concern in South Asian Region. Viable alternative technologies are readily available and are increasingly being used by the health care sector in countries around the world. The World Health Organization’s policy is to promote a transition to these alternatives. To address the issue it is important to engage with key stakeholders in health sector in South
An improvement in quality of life followed by an increase in resource consumption has had several unintended negative impacts on our urban environment. One of the outcomes of this increased resource consumption pattern is the large amount of waste generated from the various urban centers everyday. Such is the magnitude of this waste that it is far beyond the handling capacities of Governments and other urban agencies. Consequently, cities are now grappling with the problem of high volumes of waste and the cost involved in managing such waste. Urban waste usually includes normal household waste. Rapid urbanization along with a constantly modernizing social behaviour has led to the doubling of household waste generation. The local municipal bodies with their limited human, technical, fina...