Press Invite: Stepping Together: A Conclave of Changemakers for Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility
September 26-27, 2013
Jacaranda Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Air quality: In 2010, air pollution-related diseases led to about 620,000 premature deaths in India.
Public transport: A bus occupies twice the road space taken by a car, but carries 40 times more passengers.
Walking and cycling: Delhi tops in daily cycling trips and is second only to Mumbai in walking trips. But are our footpaths and roads really geared towards walking and cycling?
Car restraint and parking: A car needs about 23 sq m to be comfortably parked. A poor family in Delhi gets a plot of just 18-25 sq m.
Fiscal measures: The 12th Plan working group says an estimated investment of about Rs 3,88,308 crore is needed for the transportation sector. Where will this money come from?
Para-transit: The informal para-transit sector – autos and taxis -- has a strong link with livelihood security of the poor. What is the integration plan between the formal public transport system and the para-transit sector?
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites journalists from South Asia to this conclave of changemakers.
Participation at the conclave is open only to active journalists from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and India
There are only 45 seats in the conclave. Interested journalists can apply through e-mail or fax on the format provided below to the undersigned.
There is no participation / registration fee. CSE offers to support the travel and accommodation of some of the selected participants. But to avail of this sponsorship opportunity, interested journalists must apply immediately.
Selection of the participants will be done by CSE, and its decision will be final.
The cut-off date for receiving applications is September 10, 2013 or till the sponsored seats are full.
Air pollution is the fifth largest killer and seventh biggest illness burden in India as estimated by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) report. The speed at which urban air pollution is growing across our cities is alarming. Severe particulate pollution and newer pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ozone and air toxics are worsening the public health challenge. Vehicles are a special challenge as these are the fastest growing sources of air pollution.