Thursday, 29 December 2011

Go Green : Today for Tomorrow

Thinking globally, it reminds each of us to think about our contribution to fight against global warming. Although we hear stories of weather catastrophes, climate change, melting glaciers and tsunamis, most of us think that these events are far removed from our everyday lives.

Travelling is a major part of our life & if we think to stop it for environment benefit. Though we cannot do it because we all are habituated or you can say, we blindly follow the unwanted traveling regularly, but sensible & smart travelling can save the environment.
Here are some tips to help lighten the impact that travel has on the environment.

We all know the arguments for ditching the car and walking, cycling or using public transport, but for many of us – however strong our green consciences – it simply is not a realistic option for few of us. When the distances involved or the lack of bus or train provision makes the car or vehicles the only solution, then there are ways to make this much maligned form of transport less environmentally damaging. The emphasis has often been on either driving in a more energy-efficient way to minimize petrol use – and emissions – or changing fuels or your type of car to more eco-friendly forms. 

Car pooling – also known as lift, ride or car sharing – offers a flexible method of travel which can dovetail into everyday life while reducing individual carbon footprints. If every person who regularly drives to work alone simply offers another similar person a lift or seat – even once a week – the number of commuting cars would fall by around 15 per cent. The advantages of car pooling are not just limited to the demands of daily work – trips to particular venues or events also fit well into the same ethos.

New year is knocking the door, let’s take innovative resolution this year to ‘collaborate the trip – once a week at least”.

Happy New Year 2012 !! Happy Sharing !!

Contributed by:  Trupti Boreekar, Ahmedabad

Friday, 23 December 2011

Car washing makes your car ever green

Improperly cleaning a car before washing is one of the main reasons for fine scratches to a car's paint.
  • Put one capful of car shampoo into a bucket and fill it 3/4 of the way with water.
  • Never remove dust from your car by rubbing hard with a dry cloth. Hose or use dust remover to remove any dirt.
  • Cloth rag in the bucket of soapy water and sponge the roof to tyres of the car.
  • Remove the soap from the roof by cleaning thoroughly.
  • Take a towel and dry the car thoroughly to remove water spots. 
  • Bird droppings need to be washed off immediately. They contain acids that harm the paint film.
By proper car washing, you can extend your dear car’s shelf life. 
There’s additional way too, by carpooling. 
Go Green with today. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Biofuel: New shine for India

Biofuel produces almost 50-60% less green house gas compared diesel. Biofuel development in India centers mainly around the cultivation and processing of Jatropha plant seeds which are very rich in oil (40%). Jatropha oil has been used in India for several decades as biodiesel for the diesel fuel requirements of remote rural and forest communities. Jatropha has the potential to provide economic benefits at the local level since under suitable management it has the potential to grow in dry marginal non-agricultural lands, thereby allowing villagers and farmers to leverage non-farm land for income generation. 

As well, increased Jatropha oil production delivers economic benefits to India on the macroeconomic or national level as it reduces the nation's fossil fuel import bill for diesel production (the main transportation fuel used in the country); minimizing the expenditure of India's foreign-currency reserves for fuel allowing India to increase its growing foreign currency reserves (which can be better spent on capital expenditures for industrial inputs and production). And since Jatropha oil is carbon-neutral, large-scale production will improve the country's carbon emissions profile.

Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are taking lead for it. Let's wish all the very best !!

What's your take? When would you switch to Biofuel? What factors you would consider while switching over?