Delhi kids show the way
In Delhi, children made sure that grownups switch off the lights during Earth Hour on Saturday.
Sixth-standard student Anand Chowdhary of Mother’s International School campaigning for Earth Hour in his neighbourhood. He and his little sister downloaded Earth Hour logo and made 100 badges and distributed among neighbours in Greater Kailash-2 in South Delhi.
A day after, he wore a victorious smile. “We did it,” he said on Sunday. “I made my parents follow it, and my parents made my neighbours follow it. Overall, it was great,” he said.
Arundhati Lal, a third standard student of Ramjas School, drew posters and made his father paste them in their Dwarka DDA building. “All the neighbours participated,” said her father Vipin Kumar.
Parents also confessed that if it weren’t for their wards, Earth Hour would have passed by as just another “useless fad”. “Our 10-year-old daughter brought activities from school asking her to get a pledge signed by the parents to switch off the lights for an hour,” said Sanjiv Kumar, whose daughter goes to Springdales, Pusa Road.
“Nothing works better than your children asking you to be environmentally conscious,” said Ameeta Wattal, principal, Springdales, Pusa Road.
The Delhi government had sent communication to 2000 schools, including 1100 government schools, to spread the message to the parents.
Students in Delhi University chipped in too. Six hostels in North Campus kept their lights off after volunteers from the School of Environment spoke to hostellers in the morning. “With each hostel having around 40 rooms, some 240 rooms were shrouded in darkness yesterday,” said Govind Singh, general secretary of the Environment Forum.
However, the biggest supporter of Earth Hour turned out to be the weather gods.
Thanks to untimely thundershowers, the mercury dipped to 17 degrees Celsius and brought down the power demand significantly. “Thanks to the thundershowers, a 66 KV line and a 11 KV line collapsed, causing power cuts to a large number of areas, thus contributing to the darkness,” said a senior Delhi Transco official.
For the uninitiated, Dhan Mill Compound, a former granary and a cluster of warehouses, has morphed into the city’s modish food, fashion, design and lifestyle destination. Its streets are lined with art cafes, home décor outlets, ateliers, art galleries, pottery studios, dance halls and high-end boutiques, whose facades and interiors are as interesting and experimental as the wares they deal in. Interestingly, all of these fancy establishments are housed in re-purposed warehouse buildings, which still have metal roofs.
According to a Delhi government official, a break-up of the total jobs, including the list of employers and the number of people they hired, will be shared “in a couple of days”. Notably, the government portal was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 27, 2020, to help entry-level and blue-collar job seekers connect with employers at a time when the Covid-19 induced lockdown left many people unemployed.
“Manufactures, and start-ups which are working on alternatives to single-use plastic have to pay more GST for raw material. Hence, the Delhi government will write to the Centre and request a reduction in GST rates,” Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said.
Safdarjung, Delhi’s base weather station, recorded 0.1mm of rainfall between 8:30am and 5:30pm on Sunday. The Capital recorded 1.9mm of rainfall on Saturday and 117.2mm on Friday, making the monthly total 119.2mm so far. The normal monthly average for July is 210.6mm, said weather experts.
Monsoon elevates Adam Khan’s tomb into an emergency sanctuary for passersby (and dogs) speared by sudden showers. Perched atop a Mehrauli hillock, the monument overlooks the Qutub Minar, which appears totally bechara and defenceless in the heavy rain.