Kolkata urban area is extremely complicated environmental settings, where health and well-being of an individual and population govern by a large number of bio-physical, socio-economical, and inclusive aspects. Featuring speedy growth and development, the urban areas of Kolkata is confronting with mushrooming population. A significant urban population resides in slums. Unsafe, unsecure, and unsanitary living conditions; lack of basic services; and exclusion from participation in developmental process continue to worsen the health and economic productivity of urban poor who could not afford basic facilities. Inevitable parts of the city as well as urban environment, the slums are one of the major challenges for urban environment planning and management. These vulnerable entities are anthropogenic environmental problem for the city in general and specifically for its inhabitants.
The Green-TPF programme is focussed on local environment situation and problems and cause effects solution is stressed on community level. The programme aims to identify the issues and develop methods and techniques to create awareness and involving community in safeguarding their own environment in a sustainable manner.
Young people constitute a large part of the population and young people will have to live longer with the consequences of current environmental decisions than will their elders. Future generations will also be affected by these decisions and the extent to which they have addressed concerns such as the depletion of resources, biodiversity loss, and long-lived radioactive wastes. The Purnima Foundation (TPF) has realized that combating “the greying of the greens”, a new generation needs to come to the fore. It is imperative that youth from all parts of the community with gender equality participate actively in all relevant levels of decision-making processes because it affects their lives today and has implications for their futures.
Realizing the fact, the Purnima Foundation has given emphasis to form “Green TPF” involving young people of the community to act from a common platform to safeguard the urban environment.
Action component of the campaign to be taken up by the “Green Group” based on the theme of the campaign. A suggestive list of action components include:
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