Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Some villages in Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra have a sever shortage of drinking water. The water people get is just too dirty to use & the locals have to stand in lines for hours to get a bucket or bottle full of fresh water. This is not just the situation in India; many developing countries are faced with the same problem.
We can do our bit to conserve water by inculcating water saving attitude in our daily routines. Several opportunities arise each day for us to save water in and around the home .Here are some possible ways to trim down the water wastage the typical urban Indian household:
- First things first, by closing the tap carefully. Sometimes due to carelessness we leave the tap running even after our work. The amount of water & energy (as the water has to be pumped using Electric Energy) wasted everyday due to this kind of negligence is tremendous. Many people leave the water running while brushing their teeth, washing dishes, shaving, shampooing or soaping up. Please turn the taps off after you have wetted your brush.
- Before leaving the utensils for clean in the kitchen sink, sprinkle some water so that these are soaked for sometime before scrubbing. It’ll consume less water while cleaning the utensils. Also by cutting down on the usage of utensils to wash. Keep one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Water that’s used for floor cleaning & can be reused in gardens, instead of flushing it down the drain. It can also be reused to water houseplants by washing fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of keeping it under running water.
- By replacing older flush systems with modern dual flush of a smaller volume (which uses 3-6 liters of water as compared to 9 liters in older flushes).
- By fixing leaks, and using appliances wisely.
- The traditional ways of water use saves water to a large extent. For instance, use a bucket instead of shower/bathtub for bathing in summer season. & many more ways...
Sounds wacky? It’s called acting conscientiously to stop water wastage… Some people are just not taught to curtail their water use. Parents are also responsible to instill water saving habits among children.
Effective and efficient use of our resources in everyone’s responsibility. What we presently throw away may be one source of our water sustainability in the future.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Environmental problems & Sustainable Development has a direct relationship with the economic development of the country and our existence. It is balancing conservation of natural resources with economic development.
Factors that lead to environmental problems are - Population growth, Deforestation, carbon emission & toxic waste from industrialization, excessive use of plastic bags etc. These problems ultimately effect the food production, water supply, energy, health etc. There is a gradual decrease in the producers of the commodities (farmers, fishermen, miners, loggers) and the population is increasing at startling rate in the cities. According to one of the surveys, the flow of people from villages per day in India was estimated to be 2000, 800 and 400 respectively for Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai in 1996. The facts state that for every one truckload of goods produced, around 34 truckloads of waste is generated.
Switching off the lights when you don’t need them or closing the tap properly, sounds very ordinary but shows the degree of our responsiveness towards the environment. A dripping tap can waste up to 15 liters of water a day which is equivalent to almost 5500 liters per year! The damage had mostly been on a smaller scale but now it has blown up on a global scale. “The problem is fundamentally a culture problem. It’s at the level of our culture that this illness is happening”, says Thom Hartman, Times best selling author of 19 books.
Today, we know about the TV shows at the tip of our tongue but we are ignorant about the plants and animals native to our own place. To help spread environmental awareness and draw attention to this climate crisis, we need groundbreaking environmental policies that would result in cleaner air and provide healthier environment; especially for those living near factories and power plants. The government can support for alternative and renewable energy development by raising energy taxes and reducing some other taxes.
Wind and solar power is one of the fastest growing modes of electricity generation in US. There is immense potential in India to tap energy from renewable sources and to use it extensively to meet our growing and diverse needs. But a major back off in the country is lack of infrastructure.
We can give back what we take from nature by taking care of what is ours and around us on a daily basis & be responsible. It is horrible to see some of the well educated and refined people who are negligent towards our environment. The action must be started from the ground level. If we are the source of the problem we can be the foundation for the solution.
Actually, it is not about Global warming, or problem of generating too much waste or carbon emissions, it is about the way we think. It is truly said, like inside like outside. We are what we think and perceive. We need to change our perspective towards our consumption. Consuming less does not show our frugality and represent poverty. It indicates optimum utilization of resources. As Perter Warshall says” You got to take an earth perspective than a human perspective.”