World Environment Day!

June 5 is World Environment Day. This year’s World Environment theme is to have a low carbon economy. The slogan is: Co2: Kick the Habit.

Few days back, I had also found a cute, kids game called Toxic Town. It tells you all the sources of carbon emissions including innocent ones like cow’s fart. Have a look at the game by clicking the image below.

One of the important mantras of a great environment is Recycle. So I decided to recycle my five old posts on Environment. (I know that was a cheesy introduction, that was to make you smile. Now you did! ) Some of these posts (like ragpickers) are really close to my heart.

My first Go Green Post: I included a photo feature from TIME and a google video of Al Gore‘s controversial documentary An Inconvenient Truth. In the comments section, I found Shromon who then promised to write this post about how carbon credit works.

Blog Action Day Post: For Blog Action Day, I wrote a collection of links for green games or other games that taught children about green environment.

Ban that Bulb: This post was written to encourage the use of CFLs instead of incandescent bulbs. Check out the stats for bulbs in Delhi in the post. Avoid zero watt bulbs too. Sometimes, when my folks bring that bulb home, I quietly change it. Don’t keep chargers and TV cables plugged in when not in use, they too use electricity. I included this amazing Common Craft video that tells you why CFLs are beneficiary in long run.

Hail Our Ragpickers: This is my favorite post, one that I wrote for my other team blog Its A Free World. You would be surprised to know how these kids are mistreated when they keep our cities clean. This old post, still generates comments from some citizens who are willing to pitch in. You can find out the links to related NGOs in the comment section of this post.

World Earth Day post: It has four videos about environment from One-minute video Environment contest.

15 Responses to “World Environment Day!”

  1. 1 Reema June 5, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Hey I wrote a post on World Env Day too! Happy World Environment Day.

  2. 2 praneshachar June 6, 2008 at 5:33 am

    your concern for environment is very much appreciated and recycling your posts on this topic is very nice it helps people who have read to refresh and people who have not read to know your thought on a very important issue which will affect the future generation if you don’t take corrective action and global warming is kept under control
    again I wholeheartedly congratulate you for your committment on public issues keep ;going and let us all hope things will improve for better and better

  3. 3 vimal June 6, 2008 at 10:14 am

    U r indeed one socially committed blogger. Keep up the good work and let more of such ones come in.

  4. 4 Ashish June 6, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Are we allowed to recycle our comments? :mrgreen:

    That game is addictive. πŸ˜€

    It’s raining since the night here… maybe even the rain knew its world environment day and doing its bit to make earth green. πŸ˜€

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma June 6, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    @Reema: Yes, I read your post. Useful list you have compiled there. πŸ™‚

    @praneshachar: Thanks, I do hope things become better.

    @Vimal: I am committed, but I would like to do more. Thanks for the compliment, though. πŸ™‚

    @Ashish: Recycling comments could be a problem. πŸ™‚ Because I will have recycle my answers too.

    I hope it doesn’t rain too much that crops are ruined. As it is, farmers are most hit in this country. 😦

  6. 6 ish June 6, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Kick the CO2 habit, yes. I saw a special on that on some news channel. I was happy to see that they were covering something important for a change. Although they didn’t show anything great, at least they did touch the issue.

    The other day I was thinking that simple changes can have big benefits. Car pooling for example. Nowadays, almost every city which doesn’t have a good public transport network, like ours, has a lot of cars, and consequently, a lot of Carbon Dioxide. I was travelling with my dad and I was just looking at how many persons were there in each car and mostly there was 1. Not many drive a scooter nowadays because cars are fairly affordable. But if we can pool up in one car, not only do we save money, but also petrol and the environment. It sure is inconvenient and does have it’s share of problems, but it is worth a try. So I’ve decided that if I’m going out with my friends somewhere, we’ll try to take only one vehicle. That can be done by reaching one convenient place and then going by one vehicle instead of everyone taking their own vehicles. Sure it will not make much of a difference but it will make some difference, and that’s what counts. If everyone starts doing that, it will make a big difference. Meanwhile I heard that the government is trying to improve public transport. I hope that happens soon.

  7. 7 L.A.Khan June 7, 2008 at 1:00 am

    i would like to congratulate a wondeful environment Day…… enviroment & green world is our un expected expectation.we hope a dream green environmental world.

  8. 8 Liju Philip June 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Everyone wakes up just one day in the year, celebrates the day and then goes back to sleep. AIDS day, Environment Day, Valentines Day etc…got no meaning, than for us to celebrate another day. They make no diff to the way we live or to the environment around us.

    Lots of light, music and dance is organised, electricity is burnt up, hell lot of carbon is released into the environment and the day after we go back to our debauched lives. Its just a day for the high society men/women to rake up another issue.

    That fellow Suresh Pachauri, whose organisation won the Nobel prize will clock another million flying miles zipping across the world just to play a weekend of cricket in India and then try to preach Ratan Tata why he should never come out with a cheap car like Nano cos it will pollute the environment.

    <> πŸ˜‰

  9. 9 Amyth June 8, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Toxic Town is fun!

    And thanks for all the environment related posts.. Keeps us aware and makes us think..

    ‘Green Blogger’ … :mrgreen:

  10. 10 Arpit June 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    It is a well presented post . I think your way of sensitizing people on such issues and making them aware of their slightest act which could harm the environment is quits thought provoking . For instance .. i knew that even leaving the TV plugged in draws electricity but after reading your post I think i would always watch out for all the equipments in my home .Anyways , thanks for the reminder πŸ™‚

  11. 11 Poonam Sharma June 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    @ish: There is no decent carpool available even in Delhi. While in US, there are carpooling companies with cars plying on almost all routes.

    I saw some people wearing T-shirts with CO2: Kick the Habit logo. When government actually improves transport, I will write a post calling that my country has best administration in the world. πŸ™‚

    @L.A.Khan: Thanks! Your comment gave another slogan”Dream Green”. πŸ˜€

    @Liju Philip: you would think that in India you are thankful that they are awake one day. I never hear our news channels taking about global warming and green environment. Though I am not sure how many authentic environmentalists we have. 😦

    @Amit: I like the sound of green blogger. 8)

    I am glad you enjoyed Toxic Town. πŸ™‚

    @Arpit: Welcome to Visceral Observations!

    I am glad you liked the post, there are actually 5 posts in it. And if each individual took care of small points as these, it would make a hell lot of difference. πŸ™‚

  12. 12 Nikhil June 11, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Nice post… But unfortunately, how effective do u think the campaign was? I am in Bangalore and I can say that it was almost non-existent here… People didn’t even know that June 5th was the world environment day! people in the media didn’t know! hehehe… I think we need to do more than just wearing green shirts.. hehe…

  13. 13 The itinerant June 12, 2008 at 10:35 am


    Sorry to nitpick but the slogan was .. Kick the habit! Towards a low carbon economy.
    At winrock here, we were given a plant each and have been asked to take care of it from now on πŸ™‚
    Personally, i made a few presentations in Bihar about climate change,global warming and it was pleasing to see that a lot of children were invited and they participated with lot of enthusiasm.

  14. 14 Poonam Sharma June 12, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    @Nikhil: True, day has not picked up yet. Some schools in Delhi did plant trees. If all of us did that, it would be good it. I am always wondering how media does not remember this day!

    @Itinerant: True, complete slogan is “Towards a low carbon economy” as in the logo. I did not include it because most people when mentioned the word economy think that it is not relevant to them. So I wrote only simple part of the slogan that said kick Co2 habit. πŸ™‚

    The thing I like about winrock is that it inculcates children. In Delhi too, there were plant trees campaign. I wish this is not restricted to a day.

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