Go Green!

Have you ever wondered why it never rained during rainy season? Have you ever wondered, why in some cities, number of seasons have reduced to just summer and winter? Where is the spring season? Well, welcome to global warming phenomenon. At least that’s what specialists say.

For starters, global warming is the phenomenon of increase in average temperature of earth’s atmosphere and oceans. It is caused by emission of greenhouse gases like carbon-di-oxide (CO2). Where do these emissions come from? I can see you had the answers ready in your mind! Pollution, traffic emissions, factories, residential wastage. Global warming can cause anything from drastic weather changes, tsunamis, extinct species to disappearance of glaciers and oceans. We need alternate fuel options, but first we need to conserve what we have.

Do not scoff yet, you can watch this photo feature from TIME to see what global warming is doing all around.

I realize that global warming or no warming, energy conservation is something that only benefits India. We need it desperately, our greener pastures are disappearing fast. We are already running short on basic resources such as electricity and water. Damn, there are millions who do not have easy access to basic amenities yet.

There is so much one can do at individual level to fight global warming. Changing all our bulbs to compact fluorescent light (cfl) bulbs alone can help you save 40% of your electric bill. People in rural India, rely a lot on these bulbs, wish they could read blogs. 😦

What I feel sad about is the concept of energy conservation has not yet caught up in our country. There is no a single voice of repute around. Former US Vice President Al Gore is an staunch advocate for the cause of global warming. He made a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth” on this subject. In our country, we should have such energy conservation campaigns in all walks of life. It should start at school, and at home with parents bringing awareness to their children. Watch a clipping of this documentary:

Documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore

P.S: Guys, this was just a build up. The next part of this post is soon to come up. It’s going to be very interesting, I promise. 🙂

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14 Responses to “Go Green!”


  1. 1 shromon das October 5, 2007 at 8:07 am

    Poonam,

    That’s a pretty cool photo-essay.

    You said you would continue the post. Maybe you would like to include something on carbon credits too…It’s really catching on in the international market. The economics of its look fine, but I wonder whether it’s really helping our environment!

    Regards,

    Shromon Das

  2. 2 Ashish October 5, 2007 at 9:06 am

    Nice. Short and sweet gets the message across or so everyone says, I prefer lengthy somethings, lol.

    Changing all our bulbs to compact fluorescent light (cfl) bulbs alone can help you save 40% of your electric bill. People in rural India, rely a lot on these bulbs, wish they could read blogs.
    You will be VERY surprised to see how much of these bulbs are used in Rural Maharashtra… well at least the konkan coast I can vouch for. I LIVE here. lol. People actually use them to save electricity so that they don’t get huge bills.

    Former US Vice President Al Gore
    Fuck Al Gore! [Sorry just had to say that… I’ve been trying to use that ever since doing that “The word “Fuck” post. 😛 ]

    Green is IN, World Peace is OUT, so speakth the [Future] emperor of the World! 😀

  3. 3 Ashish October 5, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Oh and thanks for linking me. 🙂 I see that you’ve used my name which is why I missed out on top! 😆

  4. 4 Pradeep kumar October 5, 2007 at 10:50 am

    global warming is a great hurdle for sustainable prosperity http://www.pradeepkumar.com/2007/05/sustainable-prosperity.
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    first thing its gonna hit is global economy ,Europe has already got stringent laws for pollution,India sure will have them soon.

    and also this is topic is really close to me coz I won first prize in district level debate competition in class 8th 😀

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma October 6, 2007 at 7:44 am

    @ Ashish:

    Green is IN, World Peace is OUT, so speakth the [Future] emperor of the World!

    For this, aye, aye [Future] Emperor!! 😛

    And no, I am not surprised to know rural Maharashtra is using cfl, I saw this discussion on tv, wherein most cfl companies had planned their marketing strategy around savings theme. But there are several rural areas yet where penetration of these cfls are desirable.

    Like you, I write lengthy posts, this was my brevity at best (unsuccessful attempt at brevity, I know)..to get more people to read…I have decided, whenever I write about personal thoughts and expressions, I am gonna write to my heart’s content…

    As for Al Gore, I do not care for his political views…but considering that there is not a single politician in my country who has ever had a public cause…I appreciate Al Gore that he had a cause ….

    As for linking, I decided to do it long back..but me lazy bones…didnt touch blogroll at all…I used to go to Ish’s blog to navigate to your blog…before I subscribed your blog in my reader…

    @Pradeep: Hmmm, good to know this is your favorite subject…so I will tag you in my next post on this subject..I read your post….It gave me an idea about writing another post…will share that later…

  6. 6 shromon das October 6, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    poonam,

    thanks for reading my article. and ya, i’ll make sure from next time i mention all the references.

  7. 7 shromon das October 6, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    u said u wud continue ur post on global warming. maybe u can write sthg on carbon trading and d economics of it…

    http://shromondas.blogspot.com

  8. 8 shromon das October 6, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Poonam,

    The photo feature in Time was real cool.

    I’m sorry for splitting my comments like this…but i write whenever a thought occurs to me!

    Regards,

    Shromon Das

  9. 9 ish October 6, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    This is a very important issue you’ve touched on. We seriously need to do some individual effort in order to conserve energy. Sadly, all that we are doing right now is wasting our energy fighting over the nuclear deal. We actually pretty much need nuclear power energy because sadly, most of the energy in this country is used by burning coal and coal as we know is required for so many other things.

    When I think about individual effort, something reminds me of the movie Swades. I thought the way he built the dam in the movie was great. Things and efforts like this could actually do a lot of good. If not this, we surely must be careful enough to switch off electricity when we’re not using it. It’s better if we use it carefully when we have it rather than not having it at all.

  10. 10 Poonam Sharma October 8, 2007 at 5:19 am

    @Shromon: Glad that you liked the photo essay. carbon trading seems to be in thing. Bit I do not much, will need to research about it.

    @Ish: When I read your comment about Swades, I thought it was so cool to put your knowledge to practical use. I may have read physics maths at school, certainly I do not know a thing to make a turbine or dam. People actually do it for real. See this: http://robinnixon.com/blog/2007/09/06/design-student-invents-radical-highway-wind-turbines/

    But if somebody like SRK in movie teaches me, will I not take out my time and pool in resources to be part of such project. I think corporates and schools should find such experts and NGO where students and employees volunteer and spend their spare time rehabilitating our villages. We have so much human resources, we can put them to good use. Would you not love it if your school sent you on such a mission? Who knows we get more children who lead such campaigns in future!


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