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    Many people have lived withoutlove,

    but none without water.

    A few simple ways to

    be the change we want to see around us:

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    A slow dripping tap can waste up to 20 liters of water a day!

    Get all leaks fixed right away.

    Until then, bucket the leak.

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    Run the water tap with minimal force,

    onlywhen needed.

    Keep it closed while

    Brushing

    Shaving

    Soaping hands

    Scrubbing vessels

    Remember: "1 billion people (already) lack enough water

    to simply meet their basic needs!" - WHO

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    E.g., a dual flush system can operate at half the tank capacity.

    Flush very judiciously.

    Get a low flush toilet that lets you regulate the water outflow.

    * Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toilets_in_Japan#Squat_toilet

    Indian squat toilets: Water efficient and hygienic!

    *

    Dont use the toilet as a wastebasket!

    upto 16 liters of potable water

    Every time you flush,

    goes down the drain!

    Source: Hunting Down Water,an award-winning documentary

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    Choose a restrained bucket bath,

    over a prolonged shower bath.

    Bath tubs are a great deal worse.

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    to cool the house exteriors, etc.!

    Why pourwater where a wet cloth

    would do?

    Water is too scarce a resource

    to be splashed about

    Delhi alone guzzles 4.5 crore liters

    every day

    for car washing!*

    * Source: Hunting Down Water, an award-winning documentary

    Make sure to infuse these tips into your maid/helpertoo.

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    The hand-washing of cloths is 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 washing frequency.

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

    it can also generate extra income for maids.

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    An RO (Reverse Osmosis) filter discards double

    the quantity of water it purifies. *

    Employ it only when unavoidable.

    Cant do away with RO?

    Bucket the outgoing water;

    Reuse it in cleaning, washing cloths, etc.

    Yet another practical way to reuse water:

    Wash fruits/veggies in a bowl (& utilize that water elsewhere).

    * Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reverse_osmosis#Disadvantages

    Efficiency needs to be extended to water too!

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    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% ofIndias groundwaterblocks will be

    in a critical condition. WorldBank

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    The next world war will not be fought overland oroil,but overwater!

    - Serageldin, former VP, World Bank (among other experts)

    Plenty of wateroverflows away (invisibly). Why?

    We dont know when exactly to turn off the motor!

    Invest in an automatic water motor controller.

    It also saves powerby auto-closing

    when the water in-flow stops.

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    [1] http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthglacier.html [2] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/01/090119210532.htm

    Climate change severely 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]

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    Floodwater contains infectious organisms, along withchemical & other waste.

    Grossly inadequate mechanisms to store rainwaterbefore

    it hits the drains/oceans.

    How come floods &

    (safe) water crisisrise together?

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    Thankfully, the climatic crisis too can be conquered

    but only ifeach of us upholds

    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 the 10 countries worst hit by climate change. [2]

    A great deal of eco problems originate locally, so passing thebuck to the developed nations is just flawed escapism.

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    Enormous air & 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

    1500 plastic bottles end up as garbage, every second! [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 bottles

    Use one

    Handkerchief

    Mug/glass

    Jute/cloth bag

    Reusable bottle

    Many Indian offices consume 60000 paper cups in ~2 weeks! [2]

    Quite a few companies (e.g., TI, McAfee) have alreadyphased out paper cups forsteel/ceramic mugs! [2]

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    A myth: Recycling magically fixes

    all evils ofconsumerism!

    Most paper cups contain a plastic resin, making themnon-biodegradable, non-recyclable.

    They end up in a landfill, emitting methane.

    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. First reuse; then recycle!

    Recycling (when possible) guzzles 12 trees, 26k liters of water& sizable energy/oil for 60k cups! [2]

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    Buying from local markets - as opposed to malls curbsthe hefty emissions tied to transportation and flashy publicity.

    Exception: the local stuff that lacks energy-efficiency

    Farming is exceedingly water intensive.

    Eliminate food wastage.

    Hand-made products are greener and create more jobs!Purchase products with minimal/reusable packaging.

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    Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances ofsurvival as much as the evolution 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

    Substituting every kg of chicken with veggies saves

    a mammoth 7000+ liters of water in India! Using stats from National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee

    Albert Einstein :

    Killing an animal yields few meals once;

    Cut down on meat as much as possible.

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

    Raising it takes months of daily meals!

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    Increasing reliance on

    diesel generators

    Skyrocketing energy consumption

    Dangerous levels of damaging pollutants

    (including Black Carbon & Nitrogen Oxides)

    Escalating power cuts

    A one-time investment in solar systems (heating, lighting)fetches recurring environmental & monetary savings.

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    Configure power options such that

    the monitor closes after an idle time of few minutes,

    & the CPU/laptop hibernates after half an hour, automatically.

    Suspend or hibernate it for breaks >= hour.

    Turn offthe CPU/laptop at the end of the day.

    A screen saversaves nothing & burns energy.

    Why not switch off the monitorevery time we leave the desk

    for few minutes or more?

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    Prefer

    Non-motorized

    [Cycle, Cycle Rickshaws]

    &

    Mass transport

    [Bus, Train,Shared autos, Vehicle pooling]

    Its also good for the body and light on the wallet!

    Minimize the use ofindividual autos & personal vehicles.

    Flying less (and light) saves tremendous fuel/emissions.

    Sir Albert EinsteinPromote Green

    Employment

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    Long walks/rides are as pleasurable as long drives,

    & healthy too!

    * Source: Bharat Petroleum {http://www.bharatpetroleum.com/YourCorner/petrozine/quart 2_2008/index.html}

    Ifand when you must drive a motorized vehicle,

    Electric cars do pollute (via the coal-based power they run on),

    Keep the tyres fully filled (for increased mileage).

    T

    urn off the engine at the signal whenthe waiting time is > 15 seconds. *

    but less.

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