The earth is dyingand the blue planet is degreening. The metros in India are growing out of hands and garbage disposal and pollution is ever increasing. Garbage sites in cities is smelling rotten eggs and polluting the environment. The Chennai metro garbage sites are near the freshwater ecosystem where exotic birds have made their home.
Sulphur do oxide, nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, carcinogenic material like lead, tin, chromium are smoked out in the atmosphere making things really hard for the environment to stay green. River systems have dried up and that river which have managed to survive are polluted with the industries effluent. There is acute shortage problem of drinking water. Ranipet in Vellore district are punctured with water pollution due to leather factory. People are dying and affected with cancer and we just go about relishing leather work. There is no system to check. Corruption and pollution have become the natures ‘enemies.
Thousand of trees are felled in the name of development. The green earth is dying. Man is digging his own grave yard. Hunger, poverty, chronic diseases are serious issue.
On world environment day which was conceived by UNESCO on 5th June every month, reminds me of the ugly things we have done to nature. It also gives us an opportunity and time to retrospect and mend our ways.
Realize and feel:
We are all busy trying to make a living and those who are living off very well; just don’t bother about it. Realize and let us imbibe it in our powerful brain that we are facing a crisis and environment is being degraded at a very fast rate. We can help changing that.
Plant a tree in your backyard:
Service starts at home. Plant a tree of your choice and nurture it. You will one day realize that you have done something you have missed.
Recycle and reuse:
This is the best mantra to conserve the nature. Wastes are generated like a mountain in every city. If you have indoor plants or plants on the roof then, you can use the vegetable and organic remains to fertilize your plants.
Like Ramesh and Sunitha R Nayak. The Nayaks, in their 60s, are residents of Tata Silk Farm, South Bangalore. One day, they decided to tap the rotting vegetables in their backyard to generate energy. Two years, their dependence on LPG cylinders is minimal. A bio gas plant occupying an area of 5ftx5ft does the job for them.
The plant was installed in their house in November 2012. About 2.5 kg of vegetable and non-vegetarian waste collected everyday in their kitchen generates cooking gas that lasts 90 minutes.
Teach your children:
They are future and schooling them about the importance of environment conservation is like you are investing now to reap it in the future. Have a pep talk with them, and take them to a zoo and wildlife resort, let them experience the beauty of nature. Make them feel it. They will carry forward the experience and will protect nature.
Avoid using plastics:
It takes 1000 years for the plastic to degrade and it chokes the environment. Don’t use plastic. Take a cloth bag with you for shopping. Always keep cloth bag in your vehicle. Plastics are product of mass consumerism and chemical industry.
Spread the good word:
Spread the good word of greenery and how our mind and soul are purified by the green nature, I am not being philosophical here, but truthful. Take a morning walk in a public park or take a ride to a green area in your locality; you will find it blissful and your search for inner peace is fulfilled.
The pledge line for world environment day 2013 is; think eat and save. Did you know roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted? Read, Global Food Losses and Food Waste, prepared for Save Food!, an international congress held in May.
Food waste is a major problem in industrialized countries, most often caused by both retailers and consumers throwing perfectly edible foodstuffs into the trash. Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg (209-25 lbs)a year in Europe and North America, while consumers in sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia each throw away only 6-11 kg (13-24 lbs) a year.
Consumers in rich countries are generally encouraged to buy more food than they need. “Buy three, pay two” promotions are one example, while the over sized ready-to-eat meals produced by the food industry are another. Restaurants frequently offer fixed-price buffets that spur customers to heap their plates.
The earth is facing two catastrophic dangers today. Global Warming and climate change are the independent and an effect of over exploitation and over usage of resources by humans.
To address the issues the whole world is closely monitoring “A Campaign To Arrest Global Warming” was initiated by ‘ExNoRa International’. An elaborate entertainment and awareness was organized at Anna University on 10.10.2010 to mark the ‘5 tens Lights Out campaign’. Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin asked the youth to understand the consequences of global warming and to make choices that “will benefit the world”.
Mayor M. Subramanian, Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar and ExNoRa International founder M. B. Nirmal are some of the speakers who delivered a thought provoking speech to the people gathered to support the social cause. The excerpts of their speech focused on – the month long campaign has finally reached a day where we can celebrate the success of the initiative. By now people have sensed the universal concern of global warming. Hope people will also appreciate the proactive government role. Now the onus of saving the planet is with the people to react. Banning incandescent bulbs at government offices was a good way to start and this would spread across all people from different walks.
Watch this video to understand the notion behind the campaign
“Cool the globe action commences with me in my HOME, continues in my TRAVEL, culminates in my INSTITUTION”
Message From Mannar Jawahar
Mannar Jawahar the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University expressed that ‘Countries have to take care of their citizen’s welfare; they neither have time nor the patience to turndown their carbon emissions. Anna University is planning to plant 1,000 more saplings of trees on its campus in support of the campaign against global warming’
Anna varsity students will involve in promoting the drive among college and school students. People around the world may have been talking of global warming for decades. In Tamil Nadu, we started paying attention to it only after 2004 tsunami
It’s a symbol of our solidarity in the fight against “Global Warming”
All are welcome to an evening of entertainment and awareness. Turn up in large numbers to support the cause. Venue Anna University, Time & date 08.00 p.m. 10th October 2010 entry is on first come first basis
GRIHA, an acronym for ‘Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment’, is the National Rating System of India. It has been conceived by TERI and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. It is a green building ‘design evaluation system’, and is suitable for all kinds of buildings in different climatic zones of the country.
Basics & Benefits Of GRIHA Rating System
Up to 30% reduction in energy consumption
Limited waste generation due to recycling
Less consumption of water
Reduced pollution load & liability
Voluntary building rating systems play an important role in popularizing the concept of green design. As per international trends, the leading rating systems abroad have been devised to suit the building industry of the country where they were developed.
In the Indian context, these foreign rating systems would be useful only for AC buildings. Since a large number of buildings in India are non-AC and that too existing in varied climatic conditions, it is imperative to have a nationally relevant rating system. The bottom line: GRIHA is that much-needed Indian-centric green building rating system.
The Energy and Resources Institute has foreseen the environment of MARG Swarnabhoomi as a property hub to host two days training workshop on “Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment” scheduled on 12th Oct and 13th Oct 2010. Standby as we bring inschedule & agenda of thetraining and workshop.
Notion of the Campaign : A 10 minute public display of unison, when everyone will switch off their lights for 10 minutes at 10 p.m. on the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of this millennium in support of the fight against global warming
Impact : The campaign aims at cutting down carbon footprint by individuals and organizations by 10 percent before 10 October and continue further reduction after that date. The ExNoRa Magic Book will serve as an evidence of one’s contribution to save Earth, how one has reduced consumption of gas, electricity, fuel and water.
Citizens Environment Charter : The three fundamental duties to save the planet are Think Globally, Act Locally, Do Domestically
Message From Krithiga Udhayanidhi
“Saving the planet is the collective responsibility of the people and they must go all-out to do it” president of the ‘Lights Out Krithiga Udhayanidhi’
Krithiga Udhayanidhi said the 10 10 10 10 10 Lights out is a novel campaign initiated by ExNoRa International after its success in its 9 9 9 9 9 Lights out campaign for creating awareness on global warming.