Deforestation in New Delhi (CCD-Coalition / olyecology)

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CCD-Coalition 190 – Earth’s Tree News



A week after ‘Trees for Delhi’, a forum of citizens and environmentalists, took out a silent protest march to express their concern over the disappearing green cover of Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has invited them for a meeting Wednesday. The forum, which is only six-months-old, has been raising alarm by initiating several campaigns, taking out peace protests, distributing flyers and staging plays, in a bid to sensitise people about the huge amount of deforestation that has been taking place in the capital.

The forum initiated a signature campaign about a month and a half back, which is still going on, and submitted a petition to Dikshit with the signatures of a 1,000 people. The forum’s main concern is the rampant destruction of trees for various constructions without any re-plantation. “We are not against construction of roads, highways and buildings. But what we are asking is that does development always have to be so anti-greenery?” asks Nanni Singh, executive director of Trees for Delhi.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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