INTRESTING FACTS (CONTRIBUTED BY THE FLOATEL, KOLKATA)
  • ECOFUNDA-When organic waste like banana peels is put in landfills they   release methane, a greenhouse gas, this can be stopped by Vermin-composting 
  • Why should we recycle?

Since it saves landfill space, Saves natural resources & energy (Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, and 380 gallons of oil & 4100 kilowatts of electricity.), Creates job (Nationally it takes 15000 tons of waste buried in landfill to create one full time job. Recycling that material creates 9 jobs.)



Green Team Activities at the Fern, An Ecotel (August-09)
Run For Green Jaipur Poster Making Competition Cleaning Activity at Hotel Plantation Activity Slogan competition on Environment . Energy conservation points need to implemented, Mr.Ramesh (Chief Engineer) prepared the energy saving tips and circulated among all HODs. Energy conservation classes being organized. Green team is planning to put a box in each office for used papers and other stationary waste for further utilization; this practice initially started with Front Office and implemented in each and every department. Essay and debate competition on environment Taking initiative in terms of  Cleaning of back areas and service. For outside activity, Green team is in process to identify the place like orphan house or physically challenged schools where we can organize a Green team camp and serve food to children. Blood donation camp to be organized. School and colleges to be identified for environmental awareness activities. Green team is in process to make a Ecotel fact sheet.

Water Worries
ECO RIGHTS ARE FUNDAMENTAL
Access to enough water of sufficient quality is fundamental for all human, animal and plant life as for most economic activity. At the global level, plenty of water is available. But to meet the demand, water has to be supplied where and when it is needed. The problem is mismanagement of water resources. Water sources are being exploited injudiciously and the same is being polluted mindlessly. There is no easy solution to water related problems. Increases in water supplies are needed, but so is demand management. With present consumption patterns two out of every three persons on the earth will live in water stressed conditions by 2025.

Water pollution adds enormously to existing problems of water scarcity. The pollution threat is particularly serious when it affects groundwater supplies, where contamination is slow to dilute and purification measures are costly.

Interesting Facts in Political India!

One of India's leading environmental crusaders is planning to launch the country's first Green party.

Read more  http:// news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8221698.stm

Life (and Nature) can be Stranger than Fiction!

 
  • Mawlynnong, 81kms from Shillong, Meghalaya, is proclaimed by the Discovery Channel as the cleanest village in Asia. Not even a scrap of paper is lying about on the ground, the sewage system seems to be perfect; despite the rains, water does not accumulate anywhere.” Our grandfathers taught us to live like this”, says the local.
  • In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren't built - they're grown. Nearly 15mts long, the ROOTS BRIDGE spans the clear green Kynshi River. Made entirely of roots of the Ficus tree, it has a gnarled appearance. On both sides of the river are two massive Indian Rubber Trees. These trees have roots that can cover big distances above the ground. Approximately 150 to 200 years ago, a few people had the ingenious idea to use these roots to create a living bridge. With pieces of wood they made sure that the roots grew in the right direction. Because these trees get a lot of roots at the side of the trunk, also arm railings could be created for the bridges. Stones were put on the bridge “floor” to fill the holes between the different roots. After a while, the roots grew around those stones in a way that the stones became part of the bridge which enhanced the strength of the bridge.
  • A message inscribed on a signboard in Mawlynnong, 81kms from Shillong, Meghalaya will remain as a memory to cherish forever. “You are in eco fragile region, take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but your foot prints, feel nothing but the nature.”
  • Ice caps are white, and reflect sunlight, much of which is reflected back into space, in turn cooling Earth; but with the ice caps melting, the only reflector is the ocean. Darker colors absorb sunlight, further warming the Earth.
  • With accelerated global warming, and the ice covering melting, the earth would be absorbing more sunlight, and is on its way to becoming hotter than before.
  • Due to global warming the polar ice cap in the Arctic region is shrinking and rupturing; if this continues, summers in the Arctic would become ice-free by the end of this century.
  • Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct!
  • Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!
  • Energy-saving light bulbs last around ten times longer than ordinary light bulbs- over 10,000 hours.

A laptop is more environment friendly than a desktop. It consumes five times less electricity.

  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  • A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can also reduce your air conditioning bill by 10 to 15 per cent.
  • Tissue paper is a major source of waste. It takes 60, 00,000 trees to make 1 year's worth of tissues for the world.
  • A ton of recycled paper equals or saves 17 trees in paper production.

A plant on your desk acts as a natural filter, absorbing airborne pollutants and computer radiation while replenishing oxygen levels.

  • Lawns only need watering once a week, post rain only after two weeks. Do watering early morning for minimal evaporation and water conservation.
  • Crawling traffic contributes eight times as much air pollution as traffic moving at regular highway speed.
  • Avoiding just 10 miles of driving every week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and soaping your hands. This can save around 16 litres a day. That's 11,000 litre of water per person per year.
  • A dripping tap can waste over 20,000 litres of water every year.

Eco Events
There is an environmentally friendly alternative even in religious practices!

On 29th July Eco Ganesha workshop was conducted at Rodas where in the mud from the Powai Lake bank was collected and brought in. 300 students from different school participated in making the Ganesha Idols from the mud and the same will be immersed in the lake on the Ganesha Visarjan day. The Mayor of Mumbai, Dr. Shuba Raul inaugurated the event and the same was widely covered by electronic and print media. Till 2008 the practice was to make Ganesh idols with Plaster of Paris and do the Visarjan in Powai Lake, thereby contaminating the Lake irreparably.
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