Launched on 5 June at IIC, Delhi
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Delhi Clean Air Forum a community platform and a campaign founded by the United Resident Joint Action (URJA), came together for the next phase of its program , launched last year.
Delivering a special address on the event through video : Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest And Climate Change , Dr. Harsh Vardhan said – “..We all have to pledge ourself and recommit ourself to ensure clean air, clean rivers, rich forest, rich land of our nation. We have inherited a rich and green environment and it is our responsibilty to conserve nature in the best possible way for our future generation. Time has come for all of us to stand together and work together for better environment ...”
Delhi Clean Air Forum is a community platform, whose primary objective is to enable and empower citizens to voice out their concerns and opinion on air pollution in Delhi. Last year the forum witnessed discussing various local issues leading to air pollution and to map out various innovative solutions available at the neighborhood and community level.
During the meeting Smt. Shikha Rai- Leader of the House, SDMC delivered the key note address at the event. She stressed on restructuring of everyday lifestyle of citizens. The state of the environment is a key indicator of Governance and RWA’s needs to emphasise on Implementation and Enforcement of laws at local level. She also assured URJA of taking definite steps towards reducing waste in the city by the ensuring more compactors are operational leading to reduction in volume of waste, also targeting to end landfills by 2022.
Meanwhile, URJA stressed on the need for Public Participation in Governance in a way of getting back to the ward committee system which had the involvement of the RWA's (2010-2011). The forum clearly brought out that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is meaningless without clean air. The event saw representatives of all twelve zones of Delhi take a pledge on to support Swachh Bharat Mission on Waste Segregation.
The event witnessed various community and religious leaders committing to taking active part in the discussion. Shri. Alok Kumar Sahsanghchalak (RSS--Delhi) gently reminded us on looking after nature and environment and taking responsibility, as it is part of own our ancient culture. Shri. B C Pandey , Principal, BR Mehta Vidya Bhawan School called for adults to walk the talk and to lead by example for the kids to appreciate and protect nature. Shri Manjeet Singh, President DSGPC said that all religions talk about cleanliness and as a highly responsive group counted on the great work their organization in upto towards sustainability and cleanliness. He added that all Gurudwaras now mop floors rather than use hosepipes for water conservation. Recycle and minimize waste and ensured all bags, and waste are cleared and recycled by volunteers.
The world environment day event also saw a really nice panel discussion on growing air pollution, attended by Dr. Nitish Dogra, Ms. Urmi Goswami of the Economic Times. Also speaking at the event, Delhi's Environment Minister Imran Hussain said “Environment Department of Govt of Delhi are committed to provide better air ambience to the citizens of Delhi through Delhi Clean Air Forum.
The message was loud and clear that URJA needs to pressurize Govt and Agencies to implement and enforce and also come up with proactive measures, which should be given more importance compared to the reactive nature of GRAP.
Moving forward URJA will now actively involve in taking the discussion to cover all 12 Delhi zones and creating action based roadmap in its fight to clean Delhi’s Air and environment.