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  • 1. Many people have lived without love , but none without water. A few simple ways to be the changewe want to see around us :

2. A slow dripping tap can waste up to 20 liters of water a day! Get allleaksfixed right away. Until then,bucketthe leak. 3. Run the water tap withminimal force, onlywhen needed. Keep itclosedwhile

  • Brushing
  • Shaving
  • Soaping hands
  • Scrubbing vessels

Remember:" 1 billionpeople (already) lack enough water to simply meet their basic needs!"- WHO 4. E.g., adual flush systemcan operate at half the tank capacity. Flush very judiciously.Get alow flushtoilet that lets youregulatethe water outflow. * Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilets_in_Japan#Squat_toilet Indian squat toilets : Water efficientand hygienic! * Dont use the toilet as awastebasket ! upto16liters of potable water Every time you flush, goes down the drain! Source : Hunting Down Water, an award-winning documentary 5. Choose arestrained bucket bath ,over aprolonged shower bath . Bath tubsare a great deal worse. 6. to cool the house exteriors , etc.! Whypourwater where awet clothwould do? Water istoo scarcea resource to be splashed about Delhi alone guzzles4.5 crorelitersevery day for car washing! * * Source : Hunting Down Water, an award-winning documentary Make sure toinfuse these tips into your maid/helpertoo. 7. Thehand-washing of clothsis not only greener,Prefersemi automatic .It lets you reduce the cycle time and reuse the water for another load.

  • Must choose an automatic one? Go forfront loading , then.

Cant somehow avoid a washing machine?

  • Lowerthe washingfrequency .
  • Running the machine only at full load saves energy + water.

it can also generateextra income for maids . 8. An RO (Reverse Osmosis) filter discardsdouble the quantity of water it purifies. * Employ it only when unavoidable.Cant do away with RO?Bucketthe outgoing water;Reuseit in cleaning, washing cloths, etc. Yet another practical way toreuse water : Wash fruits/veggiesin a bowl(& utilize that water elsewhere).* Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_osmosis#Disadvantages Efficiencyneeds to be extended to water too! 9. Rainwater harvesting Storing the rain falling on your house also prevents the flooding of streets , apart from groundwater recharge. Catch me when you can! By 2025, ~ 60% of Indias groundwaterblocks will be in acriticalcondition. World Bank 10. The next world war willnotbe fought overlandoroil ,but overwater !- Serageldin, former VP,World Bank(among other experts) Plenty of wateroverflowsaway (invisibly). Why?Wedont know when exactly to turn off the motor ! Invest in anautomatic water motor controller .It alsosaves powerby auto-closing when the water in-flow stops. 11. [1]http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthglacier.html[2]http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090119210532.htm Climate changeseverely aggravates ourwater plight.

  • Glaciers store ~75% of the world's freshwater. [1]
  • Gravely many glaciers are receding, thanks to global warming.

"Scientists agree human-induced global warming is real,survey says. [2] 12. Just a minor temperature rise?Not quite! [1]www.washprofile.org/en/node/3381[2]Centre for Science and Environment[3]National Crime Records Bureau Climate changeperturbs theentire weather cycle! Between 1973 and 1982,~ 1500natural disasters occurred,while from 1993 to 2002,theyincreased toas many as6000 ! [1] therightamount(not less, not more), at theright time . [2] 1.84 lakh Indian farmers committedsuicidebetween 1995 & 2007. [3] 68%of our farmers needrain : 13.

  • Floodwater containsinfectious organisms , along with
  • chemical & other waste.
  • Grossly inadequate mechanisms to store rainwaterbefore
  • it hits the drains/oceans.

How come floods & (safe) water crisis rise together? 14. Thankfully, the climatic crisis too can be conquered but only ifeach of usupholds Individual Environmental Responsibility :

  • Deadly dozen diseases could stem from global warming. [1]

[1]http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/10/081007-climate-diseases.html[2]http://business.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/dec/10/slide-show-1-countries-worst-hit-by-climate-change.htm

  • India is one of the10 countries worst hitby climate change. [2]
  • A great deal of eco problems originatelocally , so passing the
  • buck to the developed nations is just flawedescapism .

15. Enormousair & water pollution ; Massive depletion ofoil / trees ,water ,energy&fuel ;in production + transportation + disposal! [1]EPI: http://www.earth-policy.org[2]ToI, Bangalore, dated 30-8-08 1500plastic bottles end up as garbage, everysecond ! [1] Just(re)use,dont throw ! Huge waste burning, gigantic landfills & now ocean-fills too! In place ofmultiple Tissue papers Disposable cups Plastic bags Disposable bottlesUseone Handkerchief Mug/glass Jute/cloth bag Reusable bottleMany Indian offices consume60000paper cups in ~ 2 weeks ! [2] Quite a few companies (e.g., TI, McAfee) have already phased out paper cups forsteel/ceramic mugs ! [2] 16. A myth:Recycling magically fixes all evils ofconsumerism !

  • Most paper cups contain a plastic resin,making them
  • non-biodegradable , non-recyclable.
    • They end up in a landfill, emittingmethane .
  • Only 6.8% of all plastics were recycled in 2007. [1]

[1]Environmental Protection Agency[2]ToI, Bangalore, dated 30-8-08 Recyling is useful,but limited.Firstreuse ; then recycle!

  • Recycling (when possible) guzzles12 trees, 26k liters of water
  • & sizable energy/oil for 60k cups! [2]

17. Buying fromlocal markets- as opposed tomalls curbs the hefty emissions tied totransportationand flashypublicity . Exception :the local stuff that lacksenergy-efficiency Farming is exceedingly water intensive. Eliminatefood wastage .Hand-madeproducts are greener and createmore jobs ! Purchase products withminimal/reusable packaging. 18. Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival as much as theevolution to a vegetarian diet . Animal products account for51 % of the world's total emissions! - Livestock and Climate Change by Goodland and Anhang, World Bank environmental advisers

  • Substitutingevery kg of chickenwith veggies saves
  • a mammoth7000+ litersof water in India!
  • Using stats from National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee

Albert Einstein:Killing an animal yieldsfew meals once ; Cut down on meat as much as possible.

  • Humongous depletion ofland (fodder),water (fodder, drinking,
  • bathing), energy(cooling/transport)

Raising it takesmonths of daily meals ! 19. Increasing reliance on diesel generators Skyrocketing energy consumption Dangerous levels of damaging pollutants(includingBlack Carbon&Nitrogen Oxides ) Escalating power cuts A one-time investment insolar systems( heating, lighting ) fetches recurring environmental & monetary savings. 20. Configurepower optionssuch that the monitor closes after anidle timeof few minutes, & the CPU/laptophibernatesafter half an hour, automatically. Suspend or hibernate it for breaks >= hour. Turn offthe CPU/laptop at the end of the day. A screen saversavesnothing& burns energy. Why notswitch off the monitor every time we leave the desk for few minutes or more? 21. 30%of Bangalores kids are asthmatic! * Choked roads? Where?! buses! Just 2 * Source : http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/nov/06asthma.htm 22. PreferNon-motorized [Cycle, Cycle Rickshaws] &Mass transport[Bus, Train,Shared autos, Vehicle pooling]Its alsogood for the bodyand light on the wallet! Minimize the use ofindividual autos & personal vehicles . Flying less(and light) saves tremendous fuel/emissions.Sir Albert Einstein PromoteGreen Employment 23. Longwalks/ridesare as pleasurable as long drives, & healthy too! * Source :Bharat Petroleum{http://www.bharatpetroleum.com/YourCorner/petrozine/quart2_2008/index.html} If and when you must drive a motorized vehicle, Electric cars do pollute(via thecoal-basedpower they run on),

  • Keep the tyres fully filled (for increased mileage).
  • Turn off the engine at the signal when
  • the waiting time is > 15 seconds. *

but less. 24. Considermileage/energymore thanlooks/comfort while buying vehicles and appliances. E.g., pay up a bit extra and buy a higherBEE * starred(say) fridge to save on power & money on a monthly basis.efficient asCRT! ReplaceTube lightsbyLED lights orCFLs of lower Watts(if LED infeasible). * Bureau of Energy Efficiency , Government of India power thatdesktopsdo! LCD {TV, Monitor} is ~ twice as Laptops consume < half the 25.

  • Print only whatsnecessary .
  • Printtwo-sided .
  • Utilizeall available spacein
  • notebooks (& unwanted print-outs).

* Source : http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_trees_do_you_save_with_one_ton_of_recycled_paper A 200-member company, with a daily average of only 2 print-outs per person, eats away1 full treein just ~ 20 days ! * 26. At home & in the car[ More desirable : Curtail thecarusage!] Favourstairstoelevatorswhenever possible. Why losepower , instead of gaininghealth ?! Curtail theAC usage; Raise its temperature : Check the use ofcoolers(consuming loads of water), too. 27. Help prevent small kids from working in awfully unhealth

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