Earth Day Network-India Launches Pathways to Green Cities
Ebook Compiles 24 Case Studies from 13 Cities Across India, Outlines Innovative Strategies for Building Greener Cities
Growing out of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, Earth Day Network (EDN) networks with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The theme for Earth Day 2014 and 2015 is Green Cities. To focus on the theme, Earth Day Network-India has compiled an eBook “Pathways to Green Cities –Innovative Ideas from Urban India.”
The eBook was released on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 6 pm at Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, Kolkata 700016 by US Consul General Helen LaFave. First Lady Padmini Narayanan, wife of Hon’ble Governor MK Narayanan was the Guest of Honour.
A discussion followed the release around some of the stories featured in the book from Kolkata. These are – Where Have All the Parks Gone?, Ragpickers Turn Entrepreneurs, Butterfly Parks, Art Inspires Civic Action and Backseat Buddies.
The book presents 24 case studies from 13 cities across India on innovative strategies that have already been implemented to make cities greener. Many of these are related to water and waste management. Others to increasing the green cover, developing green buildings, traffic control, reduction of air pollution, use of renewable energies, and the judicious use of natural resources.
We hope that those who read the case studies are inspired to adopt and replicate the novel ideas in their cities as well. To facilitate that, we have provided in the book, the contact information for each of the organisations written about.
For more information, please contact EDN Country Director – India,
Karuna Singh at [email protected], or [email protected]