Thursday, June 02, 2011

Beyond the 11th hour

Well its the month of June and all of the educated creatures belonging the subspecies homo sapiens sapiens are gripped by pangs of the "Go Green fever". The various types or media viz. Televisons, newspapers, the internet are all flooded with messages of saving the planet and reducing the carbon footprint. They suddenly realise the importance of World Environment Day! Well, I'll follow suit and try my bit in spreading the awareness! Here I've analysed some of the things we do foolishly, yet we're unaware of it. I'll start with the basic things and move on to bigger issues.

We in schools were taught time and again to not waste the precious resources of our planet. But as in the case of any school knowledge, we've comfortably forgotten the lessons and make rampant use of the resources. It starts with the wastage of a thing without which we will cease to exist today; Electricity. We dont care about the wastage of electricity and the reason is pretty obvious; it doesn't burn a big hole in our pockets. A normal tubelight has a wattage of about 60W, keep it burning unnecessarily for about an hour in a day amounts to the loss of just 60W, in a year just 21.9 kWh. Now lets translate that in terms of money, assuming a unit of electricity costs Rs 5, at max you could loose just Rs 110 in a year for a tubelight! It is this attitude of ours "what is the use of saving the wattage of just one tubelight?" that spells doom for the whole of mankind. Now let me explain, the more the wastage of electricity the more the power generation that is required, the more the generation the more the burning of fossil fuels, the more the burning the more the pollution and more the global warming! the worst part : The more the warming the more the usage of ACs which lead to more warming! Its a vicious circle!

The next resource rampantly used is Water. There are many people on the face of the earth who don't have access to safe and pure drinking water! If you have enough clean water to drink be fortunate that you are not  amongst the 19% of the people who don't have clean water to drink! Ok, now you may question "What is gonna happen by my saving of water? Is it that am using their water? Anyways the water goes to the earth!" Well I've an explanation on why you should not waste water. The water that comes to our taps is drawn from the reservoirs, chlorinated, sent to our homes and pumped to our rooftops! The catch is that all of the above processes require electricity, and wastage of water indirectly is wastage of electricity and it is like giving impetus to the vicious circle of global warming.

Greenpeace India on 18th May 2011 exposed the diesel exploitation by the telecom giants in India. The government subsidy is about Rs 7-11/litre of diesel for running the generators of the towers! the report says
         "In 2008, according to Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), telecom sector consumes 2 billion litres of diesel annually for running mobile towers which has grown to 3 billion in year 2011 with 30 % growth rate"
[F.Y.I] Burning a single litre of diesel emits 2.6kgs of Carbon into the air, multiply that into 3 billion, well that is just for a year from a single country like India! [/F.Y.I]

Watching the Formula1 races has always given people a high. The sound of engines revving, the speed and the breathtaking manoeuvres. On 11th of December Indian Grand Prix is set to take place. This serves as welcome news to all the fans. But have you ever thought? Is such a sport really required considering the energy crisis we are already facing on earth? So much of wastage of fuel just to satiate the human ego and prove who is faster! Well well! In most of the things we do, we somehow waste a lot of resources. Its high time now. They say we are at the eleventh hour and we need to take actions to save the earth. I just laugh at them, good sense of humour they have. Well, don't try to save the earth, the earth will continue to remain as it is, It is we who are going to perish. Lets save our asses as we're already beyond the eleventh hour!


Sathya said...

Well my friend u should join politics :D

Anonymous said...

good1, informative. never really thought abt the water wastage from this angle. To an extent true about racing. All in all a good write up! Cheers.