Delhi, the seat of power of the world’s largest democracy, is a rapidly developing urban center and features in the list of top ten most populated cities in the world. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities, Delhi today is facing the dual pressure of ad hoc development as well as an ever increasing population.
In the climate constrained world of today, ‘development’ itself has become a threat to the environment. However, development – in the real sense of the word – is essential for the growth and prosperity of a region and of a nation as a whole. Development should be sustainable and should not discount the needs and requirements of the future generation. In order to ensure ‘sustainable development’, it is the youth who will have to take the lead because it is the future of the youth which is at stake.
As a young person, the sustainability of your very future is at stake today.
At the local level, the air quality in Delhi is one of the worst among megacities while the surface and ground water pollution is now a major threat to the life of citizens and to urban sustainability. Delhi’s landfills are overflowing and number of vehicles exceed existing road capacity. At the global level, the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has now exceeded the 400 parts per million (ppm) level indicating that human impacts on the environment are significantly more than envisaged. This is an alarming bell for all nations and individuals and the youth – who will bear the maximum brunt of this change – need to be more active than ever before.
Urban planning is yet another aspect that seems missing in the National Capital Territory of Delhi and as a result the greens and blues of Delhi are also declining. The latter include parks, gardens, tree avenues, storm water drains and wetlands, all of which are key defense systems against climate change but are shrinking or are being lost forever. While on the other hand the Himalayan landfills in Delhi continue to rise and waste management initiatives are yet to show promising results.
The Youth, who will inherit the city, are at a greater risk since they stand to bear the maximum brunt of this degrading urban environment of Delhi. Already available air purifiers could soon become mandatory clean air masks. Fights over water resources are already taking place and are only getting more and most sinister each passing day. The Youth have to decide whether they want to inherit such a city where survival is an everyday struggle. Or come together to create and demand a sustainable city where survival is about meaningful coexistence with each other.
With this as the backdrop, Delhi Greens is calling for the 4th Delhi Youth Summit on Climate (DYSoC 2018) at and in partnership with Miranda House, University of Delhi. DYSoC 2018 will bring together the youth from across the capital city and engage, inspire and train them to address the various urban environmental challenges in the wake of climate change. The two day Summit will take place on the 03 and 04 October, 2018.
If you are a young person, are concerned about the rising global carbon dioxide concentration, feel for Delhi, want to work or are already working for protecting and preserving ‘our common environment’, we invite you to register and participate in DYSoC 2018, equip yourself and help develop a youth charter for ensuring urban sustainability of India’s National Capital Territory of Delhi.