Thursday, June 5, 2008

World Environment Day 2008- Kick The Habit - Towards A Low Carbon Economy

India celebrated it by increasing the price of petrol, diesel, and cooking gas yesterday, a move that is supposed to help the environment by reducing the amount of petrol, etc. people buy.... :-)
Check out Fuel price hike unlikely to bail out oil companies in the Economic Times

While driving to work heard the RJ's on Meow radio station talking about "World Environment Day" today while i was stuck in traffic at Motibagh.... yes.. everyone else on radio was talking about it too....

Meow had someone called arundhati who is associated with PETA to come and talk to them on the occasion. In all what she said there were two that really struck me.....

1. Eating vegetarian food will help in reducing carbon emission......
couldn't figure out why...... being a huge fan for non-veg food... i was saddened...... decided to read more about it when i got to office.
found a in link in a new feed "Ahead of Environment Day activists of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wear biohazard suits to create awareness about ill effects of meat consumption" but still can't figure out the "how" and "why" of the situation.

just saying this is not enough......
"Our PETA activists are wearing biohazard suits that tells
how meat is toxic for human beings and for the environment.
So on the occasion of World Environment Day we want to spread
the message that if people will continue eating meat and meat
products entire earth will get destroyed. Meat is toxic for
the entire universe and will make survival of human beings
difficult on earth," said Nikunj Sharma,
campaign coordinator, PETA.

Anyone know why... plz enlighten me....

2. PETA had done a giant sand sculpture of a polar bear crushed beneath a larger-than-life shoe and a sign that read, "Your carbon footprints have leather shoes." You can catch the full story on the peta blog and in kalingatimes

One of the RJ's also said that some of the 5 star hotels in India have started working with children (either under privileged or handicapped... could hear it clearly...) These children re-use the flowers from hotel and make mottled paper.... (paper with flower petals embedded in them).....
I found it a fabulous idea.......

I liked what Anupama Ramakrishnan had to say in her article "Stand up! for green earth" in Deccan Herald

An interesting article "The Recycling Race" on by Shoba Narayan on how we Indians have recycling in our culture... ;-)

Involving children and making them aware at even nursery school level is such a bright idea....

Mobile Games on Climate Change have been Launched..... new media... huh.... :-)

Twelve Steps to Help You Kick the CO2 Habit... read them here.

Various themes since 1974 have been:
  • 2008 - Kick The Habit - Towards A Low Carbon Economy
  • 2007 - Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?
  • 2006 - Deserts and Desertification - Don't Desert Drylands!
  • 2005 - Green Cities – Plan for the Planet!
  • 2004 - Wanted! Seas and Oceans – Dead or Alive?
  • 2003 - Water – Two Billion People are Dying for It!
  • 2002 - Give Earth a Chance
  • 2001 - Connect with the World Wide Web of Life
  • 2000 - The Environment Millennium - Time to Act
  • 1999 - Our Earth - Our Future - Just Save It!
  • 1998 - For Life on Earth - Save Our Seas
  • 1997 - For Life on Earth
  • 1996 - Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home
  • 1995 - We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment
  • 1994 - One Earth One Family
  • 1993 - Poverty and the Environment - Breaking the Vicious Circle
  • 1992 - Only One Earth, Care and Share
  • 1991 - Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership
  • 1990 - Children and the Environment
  • 1989 - Global Warming; Global Warning
  • 1988 - When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last
  • 1987 - Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof
  • 1986 - A Tree for Peace
  • 1985 - Youth: Population and the Environment
  • 1984 - Desertification
  • 1983 - Managing and Disposing Hazardous Waste: Acid Rain and Energy
  • 1982 - Ten Years After Stockholm (Renewal of Environmental Concerns)
  • 1981 - Ground Water; Toxic Chemicals in Human Food Chains
  • 1980 - A New Challenge for the New Decade: Development Without Destruction
  • 1979 - Only One Future for Our Children - Development Without Destruction
  • 1978 - Development Without Destruction
  • 1977 - Ozone Layer Environmental Concern; Lands Loss and Soil Degradation
  • 1976 - Water: Vital Resource for Life
  • 1975 - Human Settlements
  • 1974 - Only one Earth
Get more info on wikipedia about World Environment Day.

I hope I stay GREEN.......


Sidharth k Dhanda said...

interesting wave of public voices ...

you may like to watch

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes.......

nivesh said...

oye, the url on facebook your status isn't correct. So all those people who try to get on to it and reach an error on do nothing but contribute to a few strings of data queries in some gigantic ugly database somewhere in a google data center. And cloud computing being the devil it is, it ends up doing nothing but add to wasteful power consumption. And if you add to the it wasteful bits if data which will be flowing through the pipes n routers all over the world.....oh man !! you're the global warming devil !!!

And not to forget, global warming does not exist, further research is required.



PS : this writing was paid for by the republican party and dubya !
just thought you'd like to know ! :p

Let the thought be with me! said...

Interestingly collated ...
I certainly celebrated the day my way by being a part of the 'Yamunotsav' at IHC. :)

Monica said...

Hmmm..I too understand the essence of same.All these topics like protect our environment, green earth, global warming are inter-related and if things go drastically wrong than one day perhaps we will not be there to comment on any of your blog...LOLZ
My contribution:
1.I too m a veggie.
2.I am having one indoor plant [worth Rs.200 + Rs.200 for the pot ;-)]kept in my hall & i m religiously taking care of it..LOLZ

Nachiketa said...

@Sidharth: the video was quite a watch. thanks for sharing it... it's food for thought.

@nivesh: the link has been set rite... thanks for letting me know

@ anshum - Let the thought be with me! : how was the event? what happened there?

@monica : that's so sensitive of you.... :-)

Vee... said...

that was a wonderful video.
and regarding the relation between co2 emission and eating meat, we human beings generate more CO2 by eating meat when compared to eating veg.
And here is a fact for u - "Every year humans are responsible for emitting a total of around 30 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere."

suren said...

cool ya.. the biggest and the most important thing one can do in relation to this issue is be aware.... i think u have made a cpl of more ppl aware too :)