Public Lecture on The Urban Tree – Lost in Concrete at IIC

Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series

Toxics Link logoThe Urban Tree— Lost in Concrete?

‘If you are determined you can find a wilderness close to you, no matter where you live.’ (Ruskin Bond)

The tree has great significance in our lives. But the loss of this identity has its origin within the heroic nature of architecture and its stipulated growth especially in urban areas. The plausibility of making an honest inclusion of trees in the urban spaces is the need of the time for the sustainability of resources.

The entire 7,777-hectare of protected area in the Delhi Ridge is facing acute danger from all corners in the name of urbanization and construction. Its therefore an appropriate time to discuss what measures can be taken both individually and collectively to protect these urban trees which have more purpose than one, by looking at the magnitude of the situation not only from the purview of Delhi but also with a coincidental analysis of the situation in Bangalore.

Toxics Link and India International Center invites the citizens of Delhi and all those who are interested to a discussion on The Urban Tree—Lost in concrete?


  • Prabhakar Rao, Kalpvriksh
  • Vinay Sreenivasa, Hasiru Usuru, Bangalore

Moderated and chaired by Ravi Agarwal, Toxics Link

Key Highlights:

  • Ecological perspectives and demographic statistics
  • Policies and Intervention at the local, state, and national level
  • Challenges and solutions

Date: 25th Nov 2010, Thursday
6:30 p.m.
Venue: Conference Room 1, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

For further information, please contact:

Anjali Pandey:
Nitin Jain:
T: +91-1124320711, 24328006

Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

One thought on “Public Lecture on The Urban Tree – Lost in Concrete at IIC

  1. Will definitely make it if I am in town and free. After all I also have my daily bread to earn. All this stuff that I do needs money which comes from a “socially useless” activity like translation and interpretation in German language which affords me the freedom to look after my old parents and household, be completely independent, do small stuff for others, volunteer and basically do other “vella” activities which have no worth in our society as my elder brother and feminist, Miranda house lecturer, Dr. ******i ******a never tire of pointing out. Maybe they are right and should know coz my brother, D******* holds down a very prestigious job as journalist in the ******** Times as associate editor. They should know what they are talking about shouldnt they? After all I am “just a masters in german translation interpretation and translation from the JNU” and spend my hanging around doing wasteful activities and sleeping in the afternoon and basically sleeping a lot. What do you say. Shouldn’t people like me be locked up coz they are parasites for society filled with people like the two above engaged in meaningful activities linked to their important and meaningful jobs. Now what should I do? I am confused. They are family so they should know best isn’t it? Perhaps that is why they are trying to prove that I am absolutely stark raving mad and a threat to society and should be locked up. What do you say Govind? Where do you think I should be locked up so I no longer pose a threat to civilised society? In fact they even dont trust me with little niece coz they think I might harm her with my mad violent ways.

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