Are we doing enough for the environment?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jun 05, 2013 11:20 IST

Delhi’s environment is suffering due to its citizens’ apathy and the authorities’ neglect. But there are those — although a small minority — who are doing their bit to conserve the ecology and environment of the Capital.

One such effort was organised by the High Commission of Canada ahead of the World Environment Day on Wednesday. Their half-day workshop for children aged between 8 and 12 years saw kids learning how to build nests and mud houses for sparrows using waste material and pottery. A film on the conservation of the Arctic was also screened.

The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Think. Eat. Save. Reduce Your Footprint’ to reduce food waste and loss.

Another bunch of enthusiastic Delhiites is doing their bit for the environment a little differently. More than 500 Delhiites signed pledges to care for and protect the environment at Select City Mall, Saket.

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The initiative was organised by Chintan, an NGO, and the mall management to encourage awareness on a cleaner environment vis-à-vis the role of waste pickers and to know what happens to the trash. The NGO works with women rag pickers and helps them convert metal scrap into highly usable, slick everyday products and has put them on sale at the mall.

The Delhi government will be doing its bit by re-launching its tree helpline with a focus on streamlining post-call mechanism. “Focus will be on the action taken once a call is received for better implementation and monitoring,” said a government official.    

Other events for the occasion include release of a video on the principles of ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ at an even by World Wide Fund-India. Dr Pravin Sinclair, NCERT director, will also release a ‘Master Trainers Kit’ at the event partnered with Prithvi Media.

The World Environment Day was first observed on June 5 in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations aims to stimulate worldwide awareness about the environment and encourage political attention and action.



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