The past week witnessed the celebrations of two important and inter-connected days of environmental importance. 21st March marked the observance of World Forestry Day, while 22nd March was celebrated as World Water Day, both of them in coordination with the FAO. While our forests are a resource which most of us cannot directly manage, conservation of water is definitely something we can all contribute to in an effective manner.

It was the April month in the year 2008. The recently launched BRT system in Delhi was being bombarded left and right by the media and people alike. The BRT had come at a cost of several hundred heritage trees of Delhi, which were removed to widen the road and provide additional space for the overall architecture of the BRT. But this was not the reason why the BRT was being criticized in the media or objected to by a portion of the public. The “Bus” Rapid Transit had slowed down the flow of cars and similar private automobiles in its 5.8 km stretch was the principal reason why the media was bashing up the Government for having conceived and installed the BRT corridor.

Each and every Indian festival is unique in itself and so is true for Holi – the festival of colours. Applying colours on each others face and enjoying splashes of water along with the colour and joy indeed makes it a very fun-filled festival. But during the time of celebrations, our joy can double if we remember to care for the environment along with caring for each other. Delhi Greens urges everyone to understand and emphasize on eco-friendly celebrations this Holi!

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