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Time to go green, do your bit!

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 01 Apr 2011

22nd April is celebrated as International Mother Earth Day. It’s dedicated to re-emphasise on the need for every individual to go green. You’d have probably seen scores of “Save energy”, “Recycle”, “Save water”, messages. But have you wondered why there is such an outcry about being “eco-friendly”? And what does one mean by “going green”? Read on to find out!



What is going green about?

Man has managed to destroy the natural world in the last 100 years in the name of development. We have polluted the air, our rivers, oceans, soil and the average temperature of the planet has gone up over the past few decades.

By going green, one means –

  • Reducing the Carbon Footprint – Every time you switch on the AC or drive your car, CO2 is released in the atmosphere, which contributes to global warming. The amount of CO2 released in the air, due to your actions is referred as Carbon footprint and measured in tonnes per annum.

The global sustainable limit per person is 2 tonnes p/a. You can calculate your carbon footprint at –

  • Saving Resources – Water, air, food, soil – these are precious resources, vital for life. A scientist once estimated that if all the water in the world is filled a bathtub, the fresh water available for consumption would only fill a tea cup!

Thus going green involves taking efforts to save water, keep the air clean and not waste food and energy!

  • Avoid buying products which cause pollution – Leather industry uses many heavy metals. Industries which manufacture fertilizers and pesticides cause a lot of pollution. If you avoid buying these products and prefer greener alternatives, you can help the environment.
  • Increasing greenery – Planting trees and plants is the easiest step to go green. Plants protect soil around it, increases the absorption power of soil (to absorb water), and sucks up CO2 to give out life giving oxygen.

Why should you take the efforts to go green?

Going green is the only alternative to protect the planet and ourselves from evils of global warming and pollution. Take a look and some of stats and facts about it –

  • Average temperature on earth, over the years, has increased by 20 C. This is because of the increased dependency on fossil fuels, rapid deforestation, industrialization and urbanization. In short, usage of cars, bikes and electricity are heating the earth up!
  • Global warming would cause incessant rains, flash floods and erratic climate. In fact, many lives are being lost due to unpredictable weather.
  • The global population is increasing at an exponential rate. Today, it is over 600 Crores.  Imagine sharing food and water with 300 Crore additional people by 2050. Pollution and unchecked wastage of resources is already dwindling the quantity available for consumption.
  • The sea levels are rising slowly, owing to melting polar ice caps (due to global warming). An Indian scientist has predicted that by 2020, Mumbai may be under sea water!
  • Pollution is affecting our lives. The incidence of cancer, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema has multiplied the past few years. Pollution is also linked to causing both lung and breast cancer.
  • A single layer of soil takes several hundred years to form! And these are washed off in floods, mainly due to deforestation. Trees protect soil and recharge ground water
  • Planting trees is the easiest way to go green. A tree will use 1,200 kg of CO2 in its lifetime

It is our responsibility to let our children and grand children eat healthy and breathe safe, making this planet more habitable and green.

How to go green?

Educating yourself is a good way to start. Learn about practical steps you can take by reading the following posts –





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