Just a "Scrap" of Paper

You might have read a very popular sentence under some email saying "17 Trees Get Cut For A Ton Of Paper".
With technologies in Paper Industry advancing further, in 2010, it's still expected to consume some 12 trees for a ton of paper of a quality required in offices. There are some people crying for issues like global warming, climate change, etc & then printing & distributing handbills for it. They don't understand that they are actually supporting the global warming & climate change by making some more trees to cut because of handbill printing!

The paper industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among United States manufacturing industries, and contributes 9% of the manufacturing sector's carbon emissions.
Paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste.
Paper accounts for 1/3rd of municipal landfill waste. Municipal landfills account for 1/3rd of human-related methane emissions (& methane is 23-times more potent a greenhouse gas than is carbon dioxide).

Act Now:
Here is what we can do... Recycle EVERY paper!
You may say we do recycle the newspapers.
But wait... You can do more...
Movie/Railway/Bus tickets, receipts, forms, old calendars, paper bags, books, notebooks, booklets, handbills, brochures & other promotional/informative papers, paper stickers/labels, covers, Chocolate/soap/other wrappers, tissue, drawing paper, paper used for decorative purposes, junk mail, cardboard boxes, photocopied(yes, including your exam cheats!)/printed papers, absolutely any small or big paper, which is no more useful to you can be recycled. Keep a carry bag for this purpose, in which you can get together all your small paper things like tickets, receipts, wrappers, etc for a month. Hand this bag to the person who collects the paper scrap from you every month along with the newspapers.
(Note: For the sake of our dear planet, kindly ignore, if that person or some other relative/friend present there, looks at you with a look that says "Idiot!" :P)
Some people say there are some private/confidential papers which can not be recycled. But most of the companies keep a machine that eats such confidential papers & takes out its converted version of complete trash, which can eventually be recycled. Personal things which can not be trashed with machines (like ATM receipts) can be recycled after tearing them down into 8-10 pieces.

1. Main benefit is saving the trees that could have cut because of extra papers produced from non-recycled materials. Saved forests not only balance the environment by absorbing the pollution emitted, but also make the life in forests area sustainable for living creatures inside & around it.
2. A side-benefit to this is you save the polluting fuel* that would have gone in the whole paper making process right from cutting the trees to making a paper.
3. Another (very small) benefit is the Money you get from recycling. Of course, validity of this benefit depends upon your economical state & attitude towards money! :)
4. Another small benefit is that, normally waste collected by municipal/local authorities is not treated to get it recycled. It's normally burnt & so this paper scrapped by you burns & pollutes our climate to a little more extent. You can obviously avoid it by recycling the paper!

*Fuel used in any form is normally a polluting fuel, whether directly or indirectly. Electricity may have been used for the purpose, right? Ya, right. But again, generating this electricity itself is a polluting activity.

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Say "Wait" to Waiter & Save Water!


In hotels, especially in India, waiters generally replace the half filled glasses with glasses full of water whenever they notice you have one sip of it. People are busy in chatting, official meetings, romantic eye meetings & few a times in eating while on table. So they obviously miss & sometimes deliberately ignore the move of waiter. This ignorance might come from 'not-my-business' attitude or out of social status concern. No one ever finds it wrong to waste remaining water of the removed glass. In fact, it has grown to be so normal, that someone opposing the waiter would be taken downright as 'acting like an uncle or old person' or 'an act of misery' as if doing good things is a responsibility of only old people & not of youth. Or as if such person is going to make money if that water has not been wasted.

Act Now:

Ask these anxious waiters to wait till the glass gets completely empty. Ask if a bottle/jug of drinking water is available. It saves additional water to be used for washing used glasses.


1. Main benefit is saving most valuable thing for human life, the drinking/edible water, which is getting scarce across many cities/states/countries.

2. Another benefit is that you help save some polluting fuel* from burning by municipal authority for purifying water.

3. One small benefit is you save your own money paid as tax to authorities by saving additional water from purifying process. This saved money might be mobilized towards some other work by the authority.

4. One of the hidden advantage is you are not interrupted in between your important meeting or romantic chats frequently! ;)

*Fuel used for purifying in any form is normally polluting fuel, whether directly or indirectly. How? Electricity may have been used for the purpose, right? Ya, right. But again, generating this electricity itself is a polluting activity.

Earth Hour 2010

Hello Friends...

Today, on Saturday, 27/03/2010, Plz Switch Off the Lights during 8.30 & 9.30 PM.
Join people all over the world switching off the lights for our mother Earth.
This is done so, we, the people can make the politicians understand the cost & ill-effects of anti-environmental policies, industrialization with anti-social pure profiteering view & unsustainable so-called development.

Support "Save Earth" campaign with Gandhigiri!
For, more details,
In India: Visit www.earthhour.in
Else: Visit www.earthhour.org

What India Should Do In 2010...

What India Should Do In 2010...

Hello Friends,

I know the title encompasses very large area including various explored & unexplored fields that might contribute to India's development.
However, I will keep this article limited to the fields of my interest & concern, i.e. Environment, Climate Change, Global Warming, etc etc.

As you might be aware, we had a global conference about environmental concerns at Copenhagen. There is already an agreement in action named Kyoto Protocol which attempts to set limits of carbon emissions by developed countries in check to reduce global warming. However, this treaty ends in 2012. Hence, Copenhagen Summit was arranged with objective to create a unison among global leaders & to agree upon a legally binding deal between all or at least most of the countries to protect the environment. Such deal was expected to start working without the break in the attempts made by Kyoto Protocol, so as to disable any possibility of resurrection of global warming.

These were all just expectations of green activists, the people who want to save mankind from any "End of the World" type scenarios which are likely to arise by the year 2100. But what actually happened in the summit was exactly opposite.

Nations which will be completely submerged under sea waters by 2100 include Maldives & Tuvalu. Maldives, in the opening of summit clearly warned global leaders, "We know we are going to die. That too just because some developed nations do not want to decrease their devastating nature of so called development & just because some industrialists want to keep earning profits right when waters destructing lives of millions of people. But NO. We Will Not Die Quietly." Tuvalu urged global leaders in a sentimental speech saying "Our future lies in your hand. Please consider about those people whose lives depend on your actions. You have the responsibility to save them by bringing in a deal which will be legally binding to all the countries of the world."

Despite these warnings & requests, developed countries like US, Australia, China etc kept others busy guessing about their stand & not even inching ahead towards any such deal. Surprisingly, India was not representing other developing nations this time as we expected it to be doing. This was what Nehru did & earned respect for our country. But it kept taking doubts about impact of the deal on so called progress of our country. When news of Manmohan Singh coming to Copenhagen hit the world, the green activists, through their blogs, twitter & news sites welcomed him, hoping he would bring some positive initiative with him.

But what a shame! Indian politicians took a very selfish stand at summit & came home with a deal (which is called Copenhagen Accord) with US, Brazil, China & South Africa. What is the Accord? It doesn't contain any legally binding contract. But just a non-binding agreement to keep global warming in check but which will not alter speed of development of any of these counties. What does that mean? All of us will keep destructing nature in the name of development! What a selfishness! & Mr Jairam Ramesh, our environmental minister quoted to press, "India won at the Copenhagen"!

No sir! We just lost our credibility, our respectful status, our image of a nation which powerfully represents developing countries. We lost it all to developed nations, to whom we agreed to support even when they will keep destructing the nature to keep their pockets full of money.

We have a Hindi saying: "Sir Salaamat to Pagdi Pachaas" meaning "There will be hundreds of hats to wear upon only if we can keep our head safe". Dear Indian Leaders, we can enjoy all the progress we will be able to gain in next 50 or 100 years, only if we can survive in the country or in this world. What will we do of that progress if we lose Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai & many other parts of our country to ocean waters due to global warming? Can you people imagine India without these cities? Can you imagine USA without New York? Can you imagine half of Bangladesh submerged under waters & millions of Bangladeshi refugees of this tragedy running through Indian Borders to keep themselves safe from going down under water? Are we ready for this Mr Jairam Ramesh? Are we calling this our victory at Copenhagen?

We expected rather a powerful India representing not only developing nations but also all those nations which are expected to fall victim to the tragedy. We expected India would take initiative when there was no one to lead the summit while developed nations were keeping media busy with loads of confusion. Most of our newspapers congratulated our leaders after they came back home that they did not lost progress of our nation because of pressure from developed countries. But this is not the fact. Reality is that, we fell victim to sweet talk of USA & China & signed on a selfish treaty that promises us our so called progress.

This is not our tradition. We are always taught "Sarve Santu Sukhinaam" meaning we pray "May All the World Become Happy". But this selfish stand have brought us in a shameful position in the world. We were never so selfish to look at only our profit. And we don't even understand this is really not a profit, but a loss in the long run.

Because of the stand of India & 4 countries participating in Copenhagen Accord, other countries have blamed us of drowning the world due to our selfishness. Almost all the green activists have warned, "These leaders might think they have done a good job at Copenhagen. But We are Not Done Yet! We will keep fighting till the the real deal comes to reality."

Nehru created a superb example by standing by developing nations which was really right, necessary & morally correct, when we did not even possess much economic or muscle power. He just understood the power of unity. Today, the circumstances have changed. Now, we are one of the leading economy with market of second highest population in the world. Yet, we fell to lead the world. If we would have represented all the global warming suffering nations, we would have become representative of half of the world's population. Developed countries would have to listen to us, because, they are simply the countries who always eye markets to continue prospering. They would have never dared to think about losing a half of their market by posing themselves against us!

I think, India in 2010 should take such a stand in the global politics & do what is really right, extremely necessary & morally correct instead of what USA or China think is right. After all, we are the ones to teach the world the teaching of our great Vedas & Upanishads: "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam"(The Whole World Is My Home).
What do you think?

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