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February 7, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

10 things that everyone can do to fight climate change, without changing lifestyle

These days media is full of discussions about Climate Change, COP15 and all sorts of articles. But rarely do we know what exactly can be done by a common man?

Most of us must’ve thought “Ok dude,  Agreed sustainability is important,but how does that affect my life any way? Isn’t it something the governments or sustainability activists to worry about?”

Following are the 10 things which everyone of us can easily do, for a really effective fight over climate change.

1) The age old principle of switching lights off and shutting down the  computers when not in use.I guess everyone must have realized that this applies to all other electrical appliances. The idea is NEVER EVER keep them in standby mode, it gobbles up considerable amount of power. —- “PLUG them out always.”
Further Reading – http://eetd.lbl.gov/newsletter/cbs_nl/nl17/leaking.html

2) Do not waste even a drop of water.
Surprised ..? Contrary to popular belief water is very heavy, when it is required to be pumped to our urban homes from underground water sources, it requires huge amount of power to run municipality pumps. So when you decide not to waste water, you are actually killing two social problems of water scarcity and carbon emissions.
IITB Junta chk out http://nobathonsundays.com/ 😛
Further Reading – http://watergy.org/

3) Rethink Materials – If given the choice between two, always choose the one which is easily recyclable. And while disposing it off ensure that it is recycled properly. Rethink Electronics, plastics, mobiles, packaging… every other thing for that matter. Reuse is also a very good way to rethink materials. You can donate most of the regular household stuff here for reuse.
1. http://www.karmayog.com/matnee.htm
2. http://www.toybank.org/

If you know more websites/NGO’s which accept/buy old stuff, do write it in the comments.

4) Eat more of local foods – Now this one is serious, whatever we eat is sometimes grown in really far off places, and the transport related emissions are huge and hidden from the monetary costs. Of course first criteria for choosing has to be food quality, but think one more time before buying Peanuts and juices from Thailand and oranges of New Zealand, when very good local substitutes are available.
“Decrease your food-miles”
Further reading – http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1200783-1,00.html

5) Buy Energy Efficient Electrical Appliances, BEE rates most of electronic products on a scale of 5 and you can check for these ratings in the brochure provided by the companies. Also, as far as possible  CFL lightning should be  used.
Further Reading http://www.bee-india.nic.in/

6)  Do carpooling, its really becoming a popular way to reduce traveling costs and carbon emissions. It helps if you travel on a same route daily.
Register on http://www.carpooling.in/
For IITB Junta sharing auto rides will do.

7) If you are a celebrity, then build a green home i.e. you can Ask GulPanag how to do it.  😉
For IIT Junta – follow your passion, job rarely makes you a star or millionaire.;)

8.) Be a part of groups promoting sustainability, be a climate champion.
Call up http://iycn.in/ and discuss how can you contribute.
For IITB junta mail us at earth.club.iitb@gmail.com.
🙂

9) Make at least 5 of your friends read this blog. The idea is to spread the word.  These measures will be really effective when each and everyone of us start being aware of these responsibilities.

10) Discuss about sustainable practices at workplace, home etc. If possible do a green job.
For Green Job listing in India visit http://www.greeneconomyindia.com/find_green_job.aspx

In the end some gyan and statistics:-
61% of GHG (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) produced by India comes from Energy Sector, and that is primarily consumed to meet Electricity and Transportation requirements. Therefore, above points which make you save electricity as well as reduce transportation will cumulatively help in reducing GHG’s in a substantial manner.

The 2nd largest emitter is agriculture sector at 28%, yes that means being a vegetarian and not wasting food also helps. Though they arent included in main 10 points, as we promised that following them you wont need to change your habits, still you’re welcome to make those changes.

December 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 9 comments.

Acara Challange 2010

Think of the last time you had an idea about solving a community issue in your neighbourhood!

I am sure thousands of questions might have struck you – Is the idea feasible? Will people buy it? Who will support me to implement it? Will I get funding and mentorship for doing so? Are there communities that promote such Ideas? Or whether the issue is for real to start with?

Well, if you are a student and studying at one of the universities enlisted below and aspire to make a difference, your search ends at Acara Institute – an organization, which helps create sustainable businesses for social change.

Acara Institute is a non-profit organization which conducts an annual challenge with partner universities – a program that uses best practices from industry in concert with university courses to enable students to create real businesses.The program matches participating university students with counterparts from other universities and experts from industry as Mentors and guides across countries. It then challenges the teams of participants and mentors to develop feasible solutions to difficult problems, such as the lack of clean water and energy in urban slums.

Acara Institute is inclusionary and taps into the passion of its volunteers, business partners, university participants, and like-minded organizations and individuals.

The 2010 Acara Challenge will focus on two issues – Clean Water and Clean Energy. A tentative list of participating universities for Challenge’10 are Arizona State University, Cornell University, Duke University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinios – Chicago, University of Hartford, University of Minnesota, IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, IIT Delhi, Vellore Institute of Technology(VIT),  K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (Mumbai) and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo De México from Mexico City.

Pleae visit www.acarainstitute.org for more details and acarainstitute.wordpress.com to check out Acara’s blog. You can also follow them on twitter by searching for ‘acarainstitute’.

December 25, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Earth Club participated in making “Arc of Infinity”: Longest Graffiti on sustainability

Members in Progress
Members in Progress

In the back drop of International Seminar “In the planet of our own” based on the theme of sustainability, IDC and IIT Bombay attempted a world record on 1 Nov 2009, by creating a longest “Graffiti” ever made called “Arc of Infinity”.

Earth club members by participating in the effort, contributed a healthy stretch of around 70 m.

With the enthusiastic participation and involvement of the students and visitors, we were able to attain the mark of 800 m (840 m to be exact) thus making the longest Graffiti ever made in the world.

The Graffiti itself was sustainable as it was prepared from the old news papers collected from the students on the campus. The participants contributed their expressions about sustainability on the Graffiti; in the form of thoughts, messages, paintings, calligraphy, & signature.

This event was the largest ever sustainable drive in the campus involving a minimum of 300 participants or more.

The Graffiti was displayed in “Infinite Corridor”—longest corridor in IIT Bombay— for three consecutive days, where the students/visitors appreciated it.

November 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , . activism, community leadership, environment, Event, IIT Bombay. 1 comment.

Bar-Camp 6 Experience:

~Gyalpo

I and Ankit attended Bar-Camp 6, on 11 Oct 2009. We gave a presentation on “India’s stand on climate change and role of sustainable campuses”. We chose this topic keeping in view  COP15 meeting to be held in Copenhagen in December, 2009. The importance of this meeting can be ascertained by the very fact that scientists and leaders have recognized COP15 as the last chance for countries to agree on climate change mitigation and adaptation accord before climate change takes charge and become the ultimate devastating experience ever seen by Humanity.

The presentation mainly explains India’s position on climate change that is to be presented in COP15 and arguments underlying Indian Stand.

We believe, top-down approaches like COP15, policies and accords should be complimented by a simultaneous bottom-up approach by involving people on individual level.

Earth club, IIT Bombay envisages sensitizing the students of today and leaders of tomorrow towards the issue of sustainability and environment by creating a chain of sustainability students clubs in various institutional campuses in India.

If your campus is working in sustainability and would like to join hands with us, write to us at: earthclubiitb@gmail.com.

Find the presentation here India’s_Stand_On_Climate_Change[1]-1[1]

October 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . environment, Event, IIT Bombay, Sustainibility, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

A thought:

~ Ankit

We must cut down millions of trees or we wont be able to read the daily news paper;
We must destroy the ozone layer or we wont be able to use hairspray.
We must pollute the  rivers to an extent of irreparable damage or we cannot afford the luxuries.
And finally we must deny that we are doing this.

September 27, 2009. Tags: . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

E-waste Management: IIT Bombay going green

E-waste Management: IIT Bombay going green

~Gyalpo, Shalini

IIT Bombay being a technology institute procures and disposes a huge amount of electronic items every year. The computer desktops and allied accessories, which form a major chunk, & other electronic wastes such as discarded CD-ROMs, printer cartages and so on, are being disposed-off amounting upto 1000 tons or more annually.

These electronic wastes or commonly known as e-wastes, primarily generate from the Computer Centre, the Administration section, and other Departments. The electronic equipments used in the departmental labs also add to the e-waste volumes disposed. To add on, the frequent hardware up-gradations in the market propel the departments to phase-off the older, yet in working conditions, for the latest hardware. The obsolete ones are then either accommodated in some low profile vacancies or are sold to IITB’s staff members. However, the cascading up-gradation effect, ultimately leads the obsolete products to the disposal in the form of e-waste.    

With the growing concern about the hazards of e-Wastes, The Earth Club has taken up the task of identifying a safe disposal channel and put-in place a disposal mechanism, so as to ensure an environmentally friendly and safe exit of the harmful e-wastes from the campus.

As of now IIT Bombay doesn’t have any policy regulations for the disposal of e-waste as such. All kinds of wastes, irrespective of its salvage value or impact on environment are sold or written off through the same channel of the Central Stores, which is finally tendered to some traditional scrap vendors, with no credibility and expertise of handling e-wastes.

Therefore, the club is working towards setting up a safe disposal mechanism, which will ensure the involvement of only the certified e-waste recyclers, with prerequisite infrastructure for the safe electronic disposal.

In this regards, a new E-waste policy report has already been framed by the club, in consultation with the institute authorities like the Computer Centre, Estate Office, Departments, Hostel Control Unit, and Central Stores. The Electronic-waste policy drafted by The Earth Club, IITB members, has already been submitted to the Director’s office, and expected to be passed by the month end; following which, a pilot project will be carried out to study the operational feasibility and economic viability of the E-waste disposal process by the Club.

September 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . e-waste management, environment, IIT Bombay, Project, Sustainibility. 6 comments.

Biogas – Fuel for Food

~Ankit Mittal with Inputs from Samarth Kudalkar

The privatization of the hostel mess facilities has definitely started delivering on its promises in terms of freedom of choice to the students, ease of management to the institute authorities or better deals to the mess contractors. Apart from these, earth club has observed a sublime benefit of the privatization of messes, in the students’ community.

It has not only granted them the freedom of choice, but also the realization of responsibility.

And the students have received them very well by thinking & acting about the mess issues like hygiene, accountability and transparency. One of such major students’ concerns is to reduce the monthly mess bills by employing Biomass plants in hostels.

Currently Hostel-7 has taken up the task to set up a Biogas plant which would utilize the kitchen waste to produce Biogas and replace the LPG as the cooking fuel, thereby saving the expenses on the cooking fuel.

In this regard, a company providing waste management solutions was consulted. They have designed a Biogas plant which uses waste food and other bio-degradable wastes as feedstock to produce Biogas. On a rough estimate a 40 m3 plant consuming 200 kg of waste per day would produce biogas that would be sufficient to replace 17 kg of equivalent LPG per day. The biogas produced will be sold to the private contractor of the Hostel Mess to recover the initial capital cost incurred. The cost of the plant will be approx. Rs. 500,000. Therefore the payback period will be around 2 years since its installation. (Price of LPG used per day-Rs 800/- approx).

The H-7 students have identified couple of challenges that could impinge this project & one of most prominent is handling the slurry—the left over—generated during the biogas generation process. One solution could be, since the slurry contains high amount of NPK, it can be used as a fertilizer. Also the current stoves have to be studied for their compatibility with the biogas fuel. The availability of water can be yet another issue since the Biomass process requires a large amount of water to the tune of almost 12 liters per kg waste.

Ankit is an active member of Earth Club and Samarth is Warden Nominee of Hostel 7, people having suggestions or interested to work with them can write to earth.club.iitb@gmail.com

OR Reflect you thoughts on this initiative on this blog.

To JOIN US please send a request at earth.club.iitb@gmail.com.

September 27, 2009. Tags: , , . Project. 2 comments.

Poll

September 27, 2009. Uncategorized. 1 comment.