Rooftop plantation in Delhi.We can fight air pollution in Delhi by introducing rooftop plantation all over Delhi.Roof top plantation should be in govt buildings ,buses,taxi and other vehicles having roof.This will help us to create a fresh, pollution free environment especially in cities like Delhi.Laws can be implemented to make rooftop plantation mandatory for each and every building in cities. Birds,butterflies and various insects have become perish in cities.Rooftop plantation will bring back the beautiful birds,bees,butterflies etc which are no longer seen in polluted cities of the world. Ex:Tulsi has environmental benefits , tulsi plants in our surroundings purifies the air.Tulsi gives out oxygen for 20 hours and ozone for four hours a day along with the formation of nascent oxygen which absorbs harmful gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide from the environment http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Tulsi-has-environmental-benefits-too/articleshow/12574905.cms The Indian government said that 80 people are dying everyday from air pollution in Delhi. The alarming figure was disclosed by environment minister Prakash Javadekar in a written response in the Rajya Sabha.. Delhi has turned into a pollution zone so deadly that children in the Capital have the lungs of chain-smokers, and all the associated respiratory ailments. Living and breathing in Delhi is taking years off their lives, and marking what is left with bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, coughs, colds and all kinds of chest and throat infections. Faced with a relentlessly increasing number of children and infants developing respiratory diseases, doctors have sounded the alarm in the Capital. Almost all agree that the number of children who need medical attention as a direct result of the Capital's polluted air is three times as much in the last decade.The worsening air pollution in the Capital has become the primary killer of infants and is slowing poisoning them with every passing day. Not only is the toxic air responsible for the various respiratory diseases that infants are developing, but it is also shortening their life span Acid rain caused by dioxides in the air not just increase acidity and kill vegetation, but also deplete fish and amphibian populations by acidifying freshwater and the oceans. This has a knock-on effect on animals that subsist on their populations, which further intensifies the impact on the entire food chain. Green roofs are used to: 1.Reduce heating A 2005 study by Brad Bass of the University of Toronto showed that green roofs can also reduce heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions. 2.Reduce cooling loads on a building by fifty to ninety percent, especially if it is glassed in so as to act as a terrarium and passive solar heat reservoir – a concentration of green roofs in an urban area can even reduce the city's average temperatures during the summer Ex:A study presented at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Conference in June 2004, cited by the EPA, found water runoff was reduced by over 75% during rainstorms. 3.Natural Habitat Creation 4.Filter pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air which helps lower disease rates such as asthma . 5.Filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rainwater. 6.Help to insulate a building for sound; the soil helps to block lower frequencies and the plants block higher frequencies. 7.Increase agricultural space. With green roofs, water is stored by the substrate and then taken up by the plants from where it is returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. 8.Green roofs not only retain rainwater, but also moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for any of the water that happens to run off. Govt can provide free saplings and encourage rooftop plantation .It can be started in govt schools, colleges etc. Ex: In Kolkata a taxi driver has rooftop plantation in his own taxi.France had already implemented laws for rooftop plantation.see the link.http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150517/jsp/calcutta/story_20517.jsp#.VzrkiPl97IU
Save 800 Trees from becoming a Steel FlyoverAccording to National Assessment of Air Pollution put out by Ministry of Environment and Forests, vehicles contribute to 42% of the total particulate matter and 67% of nitrogen oxides in air. With Bangalore city reaching dangerous levels of pollutants(57% increase in PM10 between the years 2010 and 2014, according to Central Pollution Control Board), air pollution levels will increase further without any trees along the roads to absorb pollutants. The trees provide shade and fresh air to pedestrians and better atmosphere for residents. In an already polluted city, we cannot cut down the only air purifiers we have! What chance do we have at survival after that? These trees have taken decades to grow this big and beautiful, and cutting them down just so that a person can get to the Airport 20 minutes early is not making use of space in the best way. The Steel Flyover project shows the lack of planning by the Government. A lot of flyovers and bridges have been constructed in the past but they haven't given any relief to the commuters in this city. How will this 7km project be any different? Besides, it is a matter of shame for a city that has prided itself on being known as the Garden City of India, where we once walked under canopies formed by trees lining our streets. A developed country is not a country in which every poor man uses a car, but a country where every rich man uses the public transport. We need to make sure that Bangalore does not change from Garden city to some ill-planned metropolitan. Public funds need to be utilized in a way that goes beyond short term convenience and provides lasting infrastructure which complements our natural environment, and not destroy it. Just imagine a city with no trees,only more flyovers, more vehicles and more emissions. Since older and larger trees take up more carbon, we need to seriously reconsider the idea of chopping big trees and planting younger seedlings. 60,000 saplings promised by the Government cannot compensate for what 800 full grown trees can offer. These saplings can take upto 20-30 years to reach full maturity. The Government promises to plant 3 saplings if it cuts one mature tree. But the Government does not share any details regarding -The type of saplings being planted -Where the saplings will be planted -Whether any committee is being formed to look after the saplings and make sure they survive -Whether these saplings will face the same fate as the 800 trees being cut down now for other “development projects”. If the Government keeps it’s promise of planting 60,000 saplings, then it will be outside the city where a large amount of fertile land is available. But will these trees on the outskirts of the town absorb the pollutants we will be breathing inside Bangalore? Imagine yourself walking on one of those Bangalore streets which have huge trees on both sides of the road, and the trees happen to twist and turn around themselves forming an arch, and only letting a few sunrays to touch the ground. The cool Bangalore breeze making the trees dance and a few petite flowers fall from the trees on you, bringing their beautiful fresh scent to you. If these trees are cut, imagine what we lose. We lose a part of our heritage. We lose a part of us.
Switch on the sun in Thane and power our street lights with solar energySolar power can light up darkened streets where electricity supplies are unreliable, making them safer for everyone. They don’t rely on coal for electricity, reducing air pollution and climate change emissions. Best of all, the technology is being made right now in India. We appreciate the work on the current solar projects in Thane and we would like to ask you as our Mayor to kick start a new initiative to make our city smarter. Please commission a report on how Thane can adopt solar street lighting and announce your commitment to the same. We have 32,335 street lights/garden lights in Thane. In addition to making our streets brighter and safer, we anticipate that the lakhs of money spent on energy bills on these street lights can be significantly reduced if we adopted clean energy to power them. This will further establish our reputation as the 'Pilot Solar City' as declared by the Government of India. As citizens of Thane we want our city to lead the way in green technology, to invest in the future, to reduce carbon emissions and to prove that being a smart city starts with local action. We believe in local solutions to national problems, and we commit to support your initiative. But as our elected Mayor we would like you to kick start this work
GREEN EARTHAs industrial and economic activities expand, global environmental problems grow ever more serious. Environmental issues will be as urgent a task for mankind in the 21st century as with overcoming population, food, resources and energy issues. It is very important as it will combat our various problems including climate change , ecosystem and to preserve our Mother Nature .The Peace scholar Elise Boulding (1920 -2010 ) believed that a the future direction of the society is in fact determined by 5 percent who are active and committed .
save tree..plant tree..save life..use green fuelThese above mentioned demands are all made for my city. I want to see my city as one of the greenest and cleanest city of India. The tree plantation drive would reduce the city pollution. I want to see my city as one of the pollution free and smoke free city of India. And the use of green fuel and green power system can improve the economy of the city.
Don't Drain Water, Time to harvest Rainwater this season.Why we should care? Out of the total water on earth only 2.5% is fresh water for consumption. One in six people worldwide don't have access to safe freshwater. We are already facing water crisis in Maharashtra. If we really care about water as a vital resource for our lives, please sign and support. Please visit my presentation about rainwater harvesting. http://www.slideshare.net/maheshkarane/rainwater-and-groundwater-management-32988936
Withdraw Order Banning Cycles from 38 Kolkata Roads- Kolkata is the only metropolitan city in India where trips by cycle (11 per cent) outnumber trips by cars (8 per cent) - Traffic accident data for West Bengal (2011) shows only 1.5 per cent of road accidents happen due to fault of cyclists against 71 per cent due to faults of motor vehicle drivers Kolkata has the lowest number of private cars and the least amount of road space (6 per cent) among metro cities. Even smaller cities like Gwalior have more registered motor vehicles than Kolkata. Cycling is practical and popular with the masses - Cycles do not slow down vehicular traffic. Average speed of traffic in Kolkata varies between 14-18 km/ hour. The national average is 22 km/hour - With a population of over 14 million, urban agglomeration of Kolkata is among the most densely populated in the country. At least 7,750 people live in one sq km area. Cycling is a practical mode of transport in such areas
Bhopal replace normal lamps with solar lamps-PETITION TO BHOPAL MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONIt’s found that these Street lights not only lack aesthetics, but are also redundant as these do not serve any purpose. The Normal street lamp uses Sodium Lamps, which are often prone to damage either by natural hazards or public demonstrations. Moreover, the recurring electricity charges of these lamps keep increasing every year, along with drain of most precious resource - electricity (from fossil fuels). According to The Central Power Research Institute, Bhopal, consumption of electricity increases every year for the mere street lights due to ill maintenance and Energy Leakage. Instead, the authorities must (at least) find ways to power these lamps using solar energy, such that they can save a lot of 'fossil fuels' as well as 'money on electric bills'. In this era of high technology, where countries like US, China, Germany, etc. have a target to turn to maximum clean, green renewable energy by 2050, we are still lagging far behind extracting energy from non-renewable resources and leaving a 'harmful impact' on the environment. Andhra Pradesh ‘Blazes’ ahead on Solar Plans: The Andhra Pradesh plans to develop the state into a major solar hub in the country at a fast pace , with the government announcing the setting up of a Cluster of solar farms at Kadiri in Anantapur district, 5000 acres land have been enmarked in Kadiri which would now be referred to as the ‘Solar city’. Four companies, namely Hyderabad- based Lanco Solar and Titan Energy, and US- based Sun borne and AES Solar, have together pledged investments to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore to set up 2000 MW of solar- based power generation facilities in the solar city. On the other hand, there is a huge opportunity for solar energy in India as we receive about 3000 hours of sunshine every year - equivalent to over 5000 trillion kWh! We can use this solar energy to provide a clean source of 'continuous electricity' to the 'entire nation'. Many might worry that the high cost of these photovoltaic (PV) panels might hamper the mainstream entry of such devices. Nevertheless, non-stop research works in this field has reduced the prices of solar panels to a large extent. Moreover, China is offering good quality panels in Indian market at very competitive prices. Renewable energy in India is a sector that is still underdeveloped and when everyone is talking of sustainable living by reducing energy spent, the civic body in our country is doing the opposite. CONCLUSION: Use of energy efficient lamps like CFL, LED, T-5 fluorescent lamp, etc lead to enormous amount of energy savings which is estimated as 50 to 80%. Electronic gears of conservation of energy like electronic ballast saves energy within the range of 10 to 20%. Solar lighting systems such as Lanterns, Street Lights, Home Lights, etc. can be effectively used, especially in areas of where lighting is required for shorter duration. This will not only lead to energy conservation but also encourage use of non-conventional and environmental friendly energy system.
KOLKATA RUN TRIDENT LAMPS ON SOLAR POWERIt’s found that these trident lights not only lack aesthetics, but are also redundant as these do not serve any purpose. The trident lamp uses 3 CFL lamps each, which are often prone to damage either by natural hazards or public demonstrations. Moreover, the recurring electricity charges of these lamps keep increasing every year, along with drain of most precious resource - electricity (from fossil fuels). According to The Statesman report, consumption of electricity has nearly doubled after the trident lights were installed. In January, KMC's electricity bill amounted to Rs 21 crore from Rs 15 crore in December last year. Because of the ongoing financial crunch the civic authorities had failed to pay the electricity bills from April 2011 to January on time. Since a huge amount has already been invested on installing trident lamps, CFL's, etc., there's no alternate left (i.e. they can neither be replaced nor uprooted). Instead, the authorities must (at least) find ways to power these lamps using solar energy, such that they can save a lot of 'fossil fuels' as well as 'money on electric bills'. In this era of high technology, where countries like US, China, Germany, etc. have a target to turn to maximum clean, green renewable energy by 2050, we are still lagging far behind extracting energy from non-renewable resources and leaving a 'harmful impact' on the environment. On the other hand, there is a huge opportunity for solar energy in India as we receive about 3000 hours of sunshine every year - equivalent to over 5000 trillion kWh! We can use this solar energy to provide a clean source of 'continuous electricity' to the 'entire nation'. Many might worry that the high cost of these photovoltaic (PV) panels might hamper the mainstream entry of such devices. Nevertheless, non-stop research works in this field has reduced the prices of solar panels to a large extent. Moreover, China is offering good quality panels in Indian market at very competitive prices. Renewable energy in India is a sector that is still underdeveloped and when everyone is talking of sustainable living by reducing energy spent, the civic body in our country is doing the opposite. For reference, please see: 1). The Statesman, No midnight London lights in Kolkata: http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&show=archive&id=402068&catid=42&year=2012&month=03&day=4&Itemid=66 2). TOI, Trident light controversy: Kolkata Municipal Corporation turns heat on DGs: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-01/kolkata/36683914_1_trident-light-gautam-pattanayak-kmc 3). The Statesman, KMC sweats to implement CM’s London dreams: http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&show=archive&id=400210&catid=35&year=2012&month=02&day=15&Itemid=66 4). TOI, Trident lights are back, with better paperwork: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-21/kolkata/38709642_1_trident-lights-kmc-lighting-department-civic-top-brass 5). International Renewable Energy Statistics: http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/iedindex3.cfm?tid=2&pid=29&aid=12&cid=regions&syid=2008&eyid=2011&unit=BKWH 6). Electronics For You (Vol. 42, No. 12) - December 2010