Tuesday, March 26Delhi Greens Blog: Greening the World, One Post at a Time!

Tag: Yamuna

Rain Rain Come Again Another Day, Little Johny Wants to Reach Home Today!

Rain Rain Come Again Another Day, Little Johny Wants to Reach Home Today!

Green Alert
Well, that’s what many people seem to be reciting during this year’s monsoon. The reason for such a wish being the menace caused by rainfall that leads to traffic havoc and raises people's irritation level even as it brings down the city’s mercury level. Since the announcement of our new campaign “Delhi Monsoon 2010”, the graph of excitement and anticipation for this year’s monsoon has been going up and down...down and up. The scanning of news on monsoon and how the city is interacting with the hide and seek game of the monsoon has brought out some interesting facts to study and discuss. The long-awaited monsoon reached the capital on July 5, Monday after a six-day delay. According to B.P. Yadav, Director of the India Meteorological Department, "even though the city missed its us
Fun and Learning at NMML Children Resource Center

Fun and Learning at NMML Children Resource Center

Articles
The room at the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library was filled with carefree laughter and giggles of innocence as we stepped in to meet some of the future generation of our nation. Invited by the Children Resource Center to conduct a workshop and brief the children attendants on the issues of water, Delhi and the River Yamuna, the first challenge that came was not ‘Yamuna’ but their understanding of water as a natural resource. A simple demonstration was carried out by placing three types of water in three different containers: clean, polluted and mineral. The amused kids then started throwing many interesting questions even before we could get them to answer to the planned interrogations we intended to do. They cleverly differentiated the types of water in the three containers – on
Cities and Slums and How we see Them

Cities and Slums and How we see Them

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Recently I revisited Oscar Lewis’ thesis of “Culture of Poverty.” Simply stated it tells you that context determines every thing. If you wear rose coloured glasses, everything appears red and if you wear blue coloured glasses every thing appears blue. There has always been a struggle between those who came to a city and live in slums and those who live in flats. Alternate perception of the slums is a material deprivation. Economist define slums as places where the expense per capita is low. Right now I am staying in a small room of an empty flat. It has nothing. No tables, no chairs, no cupboards, no shelves, no nothing. There is one folding bed to sleep on, one air conditioner to bear the heat. And few very functional electrical appliances like a fridge, washing machine, TV and a g
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
Painting Competition by Art of Living on Clean Delhi

Painting Competition by Art of Living on Clean Delhi

Events
The Delhi chapter of The Art of Living is organising a massive inter-school painting competition involving over 6,00,000 participating children from the MCD and NDMC schools across Delhi NCR. Organized on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22nd 2010, the painting competition is themed  "MY CLEAN DREAM DILLI/ Mere Sapnon Ki Saaf Dillli". Every effort has been made by the Art of Living volunteers, even in the scorching heat, to make this event more grand to ensure maximum participation for a clean Delhi. The participating students will also take a child warriors pledge and not just paint a clean and beautiful Delhi but also take responsibility of: Ensuring dustbins are properly used and no littering is allowed in public spaces Using paper/cloth bags instead of polythene bags
Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Invite: Talk on Wetland Ecology and Yamuna Biodiversity Park

Events
The India International Center invites all concerned citizens to a talk on "Wetlands Ecology and the Yamuna Biodiversity Park", as the fourth lecture in the series on 'Water: the stuff of life". The talk will be delivered by Professor C.R. Babu, Emeritus Professor, Center for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems (CEMDE), University of Delhi, and Project Incharge, Yamuna Biodiversity Park. The session will be chaired by Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy of the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nerhu University. Date: 12th April, 2010 (Monday) Time: 6.30 pm Venue: Conference Room No. 1, Indian International Center, 40, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi The Yamuna Biodiversity Park has been an innovative project, an open laboratory for the students of environmental and biol
World Water Day Special: All for Compensating Your Leaks and Misuse of Water in Delhi..

World Water Day Special: All for Compensating Your Leaks and Misuse of Water in Delhi..

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Sacrificing the enchanting Renuka Lake for giving more water to Delhi Delhi is the seat of power of the world’s largest democracy. It is also one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. A city of cities, this strategically located conurbation--with the last of the visible Aravalli Ridge on one side and river Yamuna on the other--has been the capital of many an Empires that ruled India and the Indian sub-continent from time to time. Delhi has also been tackling the impacts of climate change and like all major urban centers in the developing countries, the city is gearing up to meet the sustainability crisis. Delhi is witnessing a large-scale influx of rural population which is the result of both an ever increasing population trend and livelihood failure in rural India
Yamuna Cleaning Drive on 21st March by Leela Foundation

Yamuna Cleaning Drive on 21st March by Leela Foundation

Events
With a focus on activities concerning holistic good governance in India, Leela Foundation will carry out a Yamuna cleaning drive with the cooperation of over 200 volunteers, including local residents, college students, senior citizens and others  on the banks of Yamuna River near Mayur Vihar, Phase I, on March 21st, 2010. The activity is being organised to mark the World Water Day on March 22nd. Interested citizens are requested to assemble at Mayur Vihar, Phase I, Metro Station at 10:00 am. The 3 hour cleanup process will start at 10:30 am. At the end of event, participating volunteers will be given certificates of participation. The event will conclude at 3:00 p.m. Special arrangements, including rescue guards, first aid, special gloves and masks will be made. For furthe
8 Days, 8 Ghats: Yamuna Bank Cleaning Drive

8 Days, 8 Ghats: Yamuna Bank Cleaning Drive

Events
What was perhaps a never before seen sight in the history of Yamuna River cleanup actions in Delhi, lakhs of people turned up in the vicinity of Purana Qila to accept ownership of the dying river and take an action oriented pledge to clean Delhi's lifeline. An awakening call by the spiritual leader H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the presence of the Delhi Chief Secretary, Mayor and scores of renowned personalities from different fields did what is otherwise considered impossible by many. Smt. Kiran Walia also graced the occasion. "Guruji is known for making the impossible possible", explained a devout from among the crowd. Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna: the call to action began with a Shankh Naad by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar--who was joined by thousands in the crowd--exhibiting the unity and onene