Daler Mehndi’s Green Drive

Daler Mehndi swears by the belief that there is God in everything around us. To take it one step forward, he started Green Drive, an NGO that works to protect the environment. Daler Mehndi’s Green Drive planted over 12 lakh trees in and around Delhi to date. You can follow all the activities and join the drive here…

A Canadian socialite noted for her fundraising activities Pat Buckley once said,

“I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.”

Everyone knows what prominence God and everything related to God holds in Daler Mehndi’s ever emerging music. He is probably one of the very few musicians who still incorporates and gives importance to God in the fast moving beats and and fusion sounds.

For someone like that, it is close to impossible to not see God in everything around, more so the environment. They say that the more you protect the environment, the more it protects you. For Mehndi, this logic is a perpetual state of existence. It is what he breathes.

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To satisfy his ever burning desire to protect the environment, Daler Mehndi launched a green drive which is popularly known as Daler Mehndi Green Drive, in 1998.

As a part of the drive, he visited well over a 100 schools in Delhi/NCR for spreading awareness about the importance of environment and trees. He managed to meet 60,000 students within a span of two months, making the drive a huge success.

Daler Mehndi’s Green Drive was also the first NGO to be incorporated in the National Capital Region’s green campaign as well as the task force of the Chief Minister of Delhi. The drive has planted over 12 lakh saplings in and around Delhi. The same saplings, now grown, are holding fort and giving breeze and shade to many and protecting the ever abused environment. In fact, Mr.Mehndi is in the habit of gifting a tree to every city he is invited to perform in.

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Jal

Water, is not a finite resource, but rather recirculated as potable water in precipitation in quantities many degrees of magnitude higher than human consumption. Therefore, it is the relatively small quantity of water in reserve in the earth (about 1% of our drinking water supply, which is replenished in aquifers around every 1 to 10 years), that is a non-renewable resource, and it is, rather, the distribution of potable and irrigation water which is scarce, rather than the actual amount of it that exists on the earth.

It takes around 3,000 litres of water, converted from liquid to vapour, to produce enough food to satisfy one person’s daily dietary need.

Pavan

The air we breathe is a mixture of gases including nitrogen, oxygen, water, argon, carbon dioxide and trace gases. Each day we inhale around 14,000 litres 3(14m ) of air as we take about 26,000 breaths (that’s equivalent to about 150 full bathtubs).

Every year people are killed from breathing “air” that contains too little oxygen. Each individual requires a minimum of 2 trees to provide him/her sufficient supply of oxygen in a year for a healthy dis-ease free life.

In India, 100 million tons of pollutants are being added to the atmosphere annually.Harmful emissions from burning of fossil fuels, automobiles, industries, fertiliser plants, thermal plants, textile industries, steel plants cause grave effects on human health and environment.

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Agni

Fires play an important role in the natural changes that occur in Earth’s ecosystems and similarly in a human body. The diversity of plant and animal life in the world’s forests, prairies, and wetlands is (partly) dependent on the effects of fire; in fact, some plants cannot reproduce without fire (fire breaks open the outside coating of some seeds and stimulates germination).

Fire is a widespread process in the earth system and plays a key role in ecosystem composition and distribution.Light, heat and energy – the main attributes of fire are received from natural energy sources such as sun and moon. These are renewable energy sources and are non – polluting.

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Everything in the world around us is built upon the Earth, grows on the Earth, or depends on the environment of the Earth in some way.

Earth has reached approximately 7,000,000,000 human inhabitants as of October 31, 2011. It is home to 84 lac species of life, including humans.

About 70.8% of the surface is covered by water. Close to 40% of the Earth’s land surface is presently used for cropland and pasture. Only 2.5% water is fresh water.The Earth provides resources that are exploitable by humans for useful purposes. Some of these are nonrenewable resources, such as mineral fuels, that are difficult to replenish on a short time scale.

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Akash

Akaash means the sky, the space, the one without a body. It refers to everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of Earth, including the atmosphere and the rest of outer space. This is an imaginary dome where the sun, stars, planets, and the moon are seen to be traveling.
Akaash/Ether acts as the medium through which sound, light and thoughts travel.

Akaash is continuous and infinite. It is devoid of the qualities of taste, smell, touch and color, but sound is its distinguishing quality.It distributes light and air on the earth, it also carries water and the gases apart from being the medium for carrying sounds and thoughts.