Archive for ‘Environment’

March 27, 2018

Earth Hour: Let’s Embrace The Darkness for an Hour To Light Up The Ages

earth hourIn 2007, what started as a simple “lights-off” movement in Sydney has grown dramatically and made its way to more than 180 countries today. Over the years, Earth hour has come a long way. For the uninitiated ones, Earth Hour is an annual event which encourages people across the globe to turn off lights for one hour in their homes, offices and buildings, as a symbolic act of taking better care of this planet. The organisation behind this brilliant idea and event is World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Earth Hour 2017 saw cities with famous landmarks and monuments from around the world such as the U.N headquarters in New York, Big Ben in London, the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s famous Opera House and others dimming their lights as a symbol of unity for this event. We expect to see the same level of zeal and enthusiasm this year as well.

When is it being celebrated?

This year it is being observed on 24 March 2018 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Why is Earth Hour important?

Today, global warming and climate change are not just words related to some scientific research paper. Both have emerged as a real threat to our planet. With the ever rising population, number of cars on the road and carbon footprints throughout the ecosystem, the initiatives like Earth Hour are exactly what we need today.

We as human beings have been affecting our ecosystem and putting ourselves as well as other species at a great risk. Though the industries are the bigger culprits in this case, and international treaties like the Paris Agreement is doing its job in putting a leash on them, we too are responsible citizens who must come forward in order to save our planet.

With Earth Hour, the WWF aims to engage people across the globe to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Turning off lights for an hour is just a reminder of the fact that if we do not change how we consume our resources, the dark age is not very far. 2016 was recorded as the hottest year for the third year in a row, which signals towards the ever-increasing impact of global warming. Keeping this in mind, WWF is taking Earth Hour even further by encouraging people to cut on fuel, food wastage, plastic usage, etc.

How can I contribute to Earth Hour every day?

• Commute by public transport and cycle as much as possible.
• Turn off the lights and other appliances whenever not in use.
• Switch to solar energy and sustainable LED bulbs.
• Recycle paper and plastic bags as many times as possible.
• Reduce food wastage. Buy consciously.
• Talk about Earth Hour on social media and spread the importance of this message

Everything mentioned above is just a speck of the action that we all need to take if we want to pass on a healthy planet to our future generations. This Earth Hour, let us all take a pledge to do our best to make this edition an even bigger success than it has been in earlier years. It’s time to deliver the action needed to protect the planet.

Ponty Chadha Website

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November 21, 2017

Eco friendly products by special children of MBCN

Well we all know that in these day there is a growing trend of handmade products and gifts. And today I am going to make you familiar about one such sites. You may ask us there are several sites alike then what make this content special. Yes, this content is special because handmade products may not be the news but these products are made by the students of MBCN. Wait a minute if you are thinking that these products are special because they are made by children then you are wrong. Because they are not just made by children but made by special children. Yes you heard it correct .

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (,MBCN) is a school for disabled children. Here they teach for several children with mental impairment and who are physically challenged. Today we came infront of you to proudly present the Eco friendly products made by special children of MBCN. These children made some special products which are Eco friendly and can be useful for giving as gifts or can be used for decorating home.

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While looking about some of the products they are like paper bags, hanging photo frames, bangle boxes, gift boxes, plain boxes and pearls and beads baskets. They also made some chocolate boxes, gift hampers, designer notebooks, designer dairy sets, dry fruit boxes, ring boxes, Shagun envelopes for household and gift purposes. They also have some items for office purposes like pen stands, office kits and tissue boxes.

And all these things they are just made by using natural materials like paper, cloth, cardboard etc. They doesn’t harm the environment in any way. And one more important thing to know is that they are available in very low prices. They just the starting prices of about 200 rupees and up to a maximum of less than 1000 rupees.

The MBCN work to :-

  • Provide rehabilitation and personal development services and support our students and trainees and provide them with what they need in every area of their lives, maximizing their integration in the main stream.
  • Create the possibility for an optimum quality of life for our students and trainees and their families.
  • Facilitate empowerment of people with disability, their families, care given and communities.

So I suggest this is beneficial both for special children and us so one should not think twice before buying such kind of products as they are available at very low cost and are very beautifully designed. And in another words by buying these items we are encouraging those children and helping them to grow up and to live. Support them with all your heart.

Source: https://www.prlog.org/12677911

July 10, 2017

Six Simple Ways To Contribute Towards Energy Conservation

6 Ways Towards Energy Conservation

Energy Conservation

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”

While the rapid onset of urbanisation is indeed making things worse, in all fairness, it is our greed that’s causing the reckless misutilisation of energy resources. That said, it still isn’t too late to change our habits and work together to make Sustainable Energy a reality. Only then can we save enough resources for our future generations.

What is Energy Conservation?
Energy conservation refers to the reduction of energy consumption through lesser usage of an energy service. It differs from efficient energy use, which refers to using less energy for a constant service.
Whenever we save energy, we not only save money, but also help reduce the demand for fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. As a result, we also achieve lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the primary contributor to global warming, and other pollutants.

How can we help in Energy Conservation?
By simply limiting our use of energy, we can do wonders for both energy conservation and environment preservation. To contribute positively towards the cause, we must keep a few things in mind:

1. Start with yourself
Energy conservation isn’t rocket science. Anyone can partake by doing as follows:

– Turn off lights when not in use.
– Use compact fluorescent bulbs that use up to 75% less energy.
– When buying energy efficient appliances, look for ENERGY STAR® labels.
– Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
– Insulate your roof. It is the most practical and cost effective way to make a house more energy efficient, and it lasts for as long as 40 years.

2. Adopt Alternate resources
To implement proper savings, shift to renewable sources of energy that cause no harm to the environment.

➔ Solar Energy
➔ Hydroelectric Energy
➔ Wind Energy
➔ Biomass Energy
➔ Geothermal Energy
➔ Tidal Power

3. Innovate 
For many centuries, we’ve been relying on electricity and water resources for our daily use. To preserve these dying resources, we can innovate energy on our own.

One real life example of such innovation is the story of Arun and Anoop George from Kerala, two brothers who created their own wind turbine that could generate enough electricity to power a house on a daily basis.

4. Study Government Schemes
The government of India has also brought up various schemes for the conservation of energy.

The Energy 
Conservation Act (EC Act) was enacted in 2001 with the goal of reducing energy intensity of the Indian economy. To facilitate the implementation of the EC Act, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) provides regulatory mandates for:
● Standards and labeling of equipment and appliances.
● Energy conservation building codes for commercial buildings.
● Energy consumption norms for energy intensive industries.

5. Promote Energy efficiency
For the sake of our environment, we must promote energy efficiency and raise awareness amongst people around us.

6. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Last, but certainly not the least, never forget the 3 Rs — Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. The more you save, the more it will benefit you and the earth you live on.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/six-simple-ways-to-contribute-towards-energy-conservation/

June 19, 2017

Protect & Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

When Afroz Shah, a Mumbai-based lawyer, began his drive to clean the Versova beach, he did it for the love of environment. Little did he know that his personal project will catapult into the world’s largest clean-up campaign with support from 300 volunteers. 85 weeks later, Versova Beach is now completely transformed. If one man can trigger such monumental change, imagine what we all can achieve ‘together’ for the environment.

Our oceans are the life support system of our planet. However, rampant industrialization has polluted our oceans to such an extent that if we don’t change the way we do things— we are on track to cause irreversible damage to our ecosystem.

3 Simple Things You Can Do For The Ocean

Here’s what you can do in your own small way to create a lasting impact save the oceans:

1. Say NO to plastic
Whether you live in a coastal area or not, the garbage you throw has a
great chance of ending up in the ocean. Trash like plastic bags, wrappers, disposable
containers, can be washed into local waterways and eventually reach the ocean. Plastic
is hazardous to marine life as it introduces various toxins into the sea water.

2. Reduce your carbon footprint
Climate change and ocean acidification— results of our reliance on fossil fuels—are causing extreme impact on ocean health. By opting for clean energy, we can reduce the carbon footprints we generate, which can alleviate the issue of climate change. Global warming is also the reason why many marine species face extinction.

3. Don’t litter
Much of the plastic and waste found in the ocean step from the habit of littering. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean without defacing your pristine surroundings. Pick up trash and discourage others from littering the surroundings.

These simple yet potent measures can be really impactful in saving the oceans. We must protect the natural treasures and preserve them to be cherished by our future generations too. This World Oceans Day, let’s pledge to change our lifestyle and protect these natural reserves.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/protect-preserve-the-ocean/