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.