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.

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.