Day with a Difference – 08-OCT-12

Quote of the day

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thought of the day – A tale of two Eco Worriers
It’s a torrid summer in Mumbai but Bittu Sahgal, Editor of Sanctuary Asia, our reenheart columnist and perennial eco-worrier manages to stay cool while minimizing his carbon footprint. “I wear light clothes, use the fan and drink a lot of water,” he says. “This way, I largely avoid using the air-conditioner.” In London, England, another noted journalist and writer on environmental issues is Lucy Siegle. She says she dreams of balloons, as she imagines circus clowns do. They’re her way of visualizing the tonnes and tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) that the world’s households produce each year: enough to inflate balloons by the millions. Living in Europe, where CO2 emissions per head are much higher than for India—ironically, higher CO2 emissions are also a measure of development for any country—Lucy says her plan is to “reduce the number of balloons I’m responsible for at the rate of 960,000 balloons, four percent of my CO2 emissions, each year. I want to get down to just 2.2 tonnes or 4.8 million balloons.” If we all cultivated the “green” habits following Lucy and Bittu, wherever we may live, we’d reach a sustainable CO2 level for the planet. Take India, a fast-growing economy. Having recently pushed Russia into fourth place, India is now the world’s third biggest emitter of CO2, after China and the US. Even so, we average just 1.38 tonnes per person annually (it’s 7.14 tonnes for Europe), which looks good until we realize how we get this small figure: only because of a very large population. Indian households alone aggregate more than 82 million tonnes, with urban households accounting for the big chunk. But think about it. Even the 1.38 tonnes per person (which includes both household and industrial emission), is enough to inflate, every year, three million balloons. Even a small Indian family could fill a dozen million balloons!

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Joke of the day
“Experts say this global warming is serious, and they are predicting now that by the year 2050, we will be out of party ice.” –David Letterman
Have a great week ahead!Regards,
Prasanna
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Day with a Difference – 08-OCT-12

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