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Miranda House | New Delhi, India | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9


Millennium Fellowship Project: Chimera (Kalpna)

*My project will be providing a case of study of combined methods to address environmental issues. *
Meaning of the project name :
The term "chimera" is often used symbolically to represent a mythical creature composed of various elements from different animals. My project describes it metaphorically to explain a complex and interconnected system or issue. It symbolizes a complex environmental challenge that is composed of multiple interconnected factors, such as climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and resource depletion.

Reasons to Address :
Numerous environmental problems are mishandled or ignored, by many saying “why should I be the only one doing this? what impact would it make?”. Many feels that environment is an overrated subject but what one should focus on how much impact did it make. As we all know that ozone layer during corona has been replenished but to maintain it was also our duty. Today’s Delhi condition is getting worse.

The air pollution has been a significant and persistent environmental issue in Delhi, India. Delhi faces severe air quality problems, particularly during the winter months, which is often attributed to a combination of factors. Some of the key contributors to air pollution in Delhi include:
1. *Vehicle Emissions: The high number of vehicles on Delhi's roads, including a substantial proportion of older and more polluting vehicles, contributes significantly to air pollution. Traffic congestion and the reliance on fossil fuels exacerbate the issue.
2. Industrial Pollution: Delhi is surrounded by industrial areas, and emissions from factories and industrial activities contribute to air pollution. Unregulated or poorly managed industries may release pollutants into the air.
3. Agricultural Burning: The practice of stubble burning in neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana, especially during the post-harvest season, releases large amounts of pollutants into the air. These pollutants can be carried by the wind to Delhi, further worsening air quality.
4. Construction Dust: The rapid urbanization and construction activities in Delhi contribute to high levels of particulate matter in the air. Dust from construction sites, if not properly managed, can become a significant source of air pollution.
5. Waste Burning: The burning of municipal solid waste and other materials contributes to air pollution. Open burning of waste releases harmful pollutants into the atmosphere.
6. Geographical Factors: Delhi's geographical location and weather conditions, such as temperature inversions during winter, can trap pollutants close to the ground, leading to the formation of smog and further deteriorating air quality.

To address these issues, various measures have been implemented, including the introduction of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, efforts to improve public transportation, stricter emission standards for industries, and initiatives to promote cleaner technologies. However, the problem remains a significant challenge, requiring sustained efforts, public awareness, and policy interventions to achieve long-term improvements in air quality.

Blueprint of project :
1. Conducting interviews
2. Addressing people personally
3. And lastly providing a case study with simple task or methods

About the Millennium Fellow

Shaina, a creative and skillful individual, is eager to explore diverse opportunities and contribute her best to society and the Earth. She aspires to enhance her ability to address environmental challenges through the Millennium Fellowship program. Shaina's strong desire to learn and grow makes this endeavor a perfect platform for her to express her innovative thoughts and ideas, ultimately striving to make a positive impact on the world.

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