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.

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

9 Comments

  1. Cyrus Vesvikar replied:

    This is regarding point 8. Joining a group on sustainability

    We need to grow this feeling by having a firm position in the campus. For that we need more and more people to come together and join the group. More importantly, after that, we would need to exert some influence the administration to take measures through fines etc. to bring in a certain degree of discipline, nothing too harsh but still, something that affects all of us. And it involves money. Something that the biggest of the governments have been quite unsuccessful at – connecting saving earth with money. This is crucial. Will add later as time permits.

  2. sarabjeetsingh replied:

    Very interesting post! Heads-up to you guys!

    Keep going.

  3. ankitml replied:

    Thanks Sarabjeet,
    @cyrus – yes, true said. The need now has become imperative, for sustainability to become to show up in the main agenda of the institute and the students. The start has been done, E-waste initiative by Earth Club would bring some imp. policy Changes and also the “Energy GC” by techfest was quite successful. Still, this start needs to be backed up by many such initiatives next year.

    Would love to hear more from you.

    • Ashish Chhari replied:

      Actually you don’t need to remember above points. Let me put it in another way see if you are doing any kind of pollution then you are adding your part to carbon emission because someone is investing resources or using energy to undo your polluting act in fact even your noisy bike horn adds to noise pollution which adds more deaf people which adds to more hearing adds instruments, more medicine, more RnD over deaf problem, more doctors hours to deaf people which could have used to cure common cold (natural disease) and all these adds to carbon emission. The reason I took this example is we never thought of indirect contribution to carbon emission from our silly acts which seems fun to us. So if you think that you are not in carbon business, give it another thought. In fact even if we cheat or tell a lie it shall add to energy or resource wastage. The simple funda is if you are misusing manpower, resources or energy whether it is for your fun, for your comfort or for your belief then you are knowingly or unknowingly melting your part of ice in fact there is very fine line between {fun, comfort, beliefs} and carbon emission. So to sum up don’t be lazy go and buy a refill for your pen instead of buying a new pen, take the pain of taking cloth bag for shopping and avoid polybags even if they are recyclable, avoid Tobacco, Cigarettes, Gutkah because these thing add 0% to development and 100% to carbon emission, make your fun and comfort in sustainable limits, be responsible, truthful and take care of trees.

  4. theearthclubiitbombay replied:

    http://techfest.org/initiatives/energygc/

    For more info on Energy GC at IITB

  5. Gaurav Shah replied:

    Crack chari…ek dum sahi kaha..

  6. Gayatri replied:

    Very nice and useful article indeed!
    good job!!

  7. neelam replied:

    🙂
    good job,i like it .when i was reading this ,our tap was running,thanks 4 the article.god bless u

  8. pritesh replied:

    its really nice article…….dude…

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