Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sense of Recycling Paper

Many of the Indian Companies are getting aware for saving trees. They have the slogan"Go Green". Finally they have realized the value of nature and stepping forward to preserve it.

Paper waste is found maximum in offices in all sectors. Now, some companies like Infosys, Wipro, Satyam are taking efficient paper use norms like monitoring how many printouts an employee takes, printing on both sides etc. Yes Bank has started printing both sides and they have saved about three million pages since last year. They also look to disposing waste paper in eco-friendly manner. These companies have an in-house recycling facility or tie-ups with re-cyclers.

Do we know, recycling one tonne of printing paper saves more than two tonnes of wood? On an average, a company with 1000 employees generated 1000 kg of paper a year. Amongst them , high value paper like shredded papers etc goes to scrap dealers. Low quality papers like tissues, paper cups goes waste as most of them can't be recycled.

Please save paper and save trees!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Circus of Life.....

We were roaming in the city to see the celebrations all around. While passing by a road, I saw a circus alongside the river. The name of the circus is "Rambo Circus". It was almost houseful and my heart again went in my 'Nature' mood. I felt bad about not only the people working in it but also animals. They are exploited like anything. Sometimes, they don't even earn enough money to buy food and clothes. People and animals there don't get food for days and also if they don't perform accordingly they are beaten with burning sticks. They are in pathetic condition. It is really sad to see that people are so helpless that they spend whole of their life making other laugh. I personally feel we should avoid watching them because if we demand then only they are willing to show us. If we don't go there, they will automatically stop this cruel business. Help Animals and Save Nature!!.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pets: A Painful Act

Pets- Who don't like them? We keep them for our pleasure. But what about them? We do care for them more than our child...but do we think for a while, they are also living beings and they also need independence. They can't speak, but if we claim to be their best friends, can't we understand they need freedom- Freedom from this concrete forest. They want to live their own life, with their family, with their community. We sell and purchase them. Are they a commodity? The answer is "NO"? They are so faithful that they live with us for their whole life and WE, when bored, exchange them.

Birds are kept in a cage. A small cage contains hundreds of them. Just think, are they really made for it? They deserve flying and chirping with joy. And what we give is darkness, sadness. Think twice before you buy them . They have lives but not expression to say they need to go out.Help them by giving them their lives back. And also imagine yourself in this sort of cage, not of you size, for the whole life.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Desert: An Unexplored beauty

Desert is said to be the most unexplored place. But it has its own beauty-unknown. I guess, that is why its beautiful because it is not being touched by humans. The largest desert in the world is "Sahara Desert". The major deserts in the world are:

Sahara Desert (North Africa)
Arabian Desert (Saudi Arabia)
Great Sandy Desert (North Western Australia)
Thar Desert (India; Rajasthan and some part of Pakistan)
Simpson Desert(Central Australia)
Takla Makan Desert (Central Asia)
Gobi Desert (Mongolia and China)
Sonoran Desert(North America)
Kalahari Desert
Atacama Desert

The Sahara Desert is a great desert area in North Africa that extends from the Atlantic Ocean eastward past the Red Sea to Iraq. The entire desert, the largest in the world, is about 1600 km wide and about 5000 km long from east to west.
The total domain of the Sahara Desert is more than 9,000,000 sq. km, more than 3,500,000 square miles, of which 80,000 square miles consist of partially fertile oases.The boundaries, however, are not clearly defined, and have been shifting for a thousand years.

Desert National Parks are also in attraction. The Desert National parks are the excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar desert and the diverse fauna. Sand Dunes form around 20 % of the national park.

Unfortunately,one day, due to growing mechanization, whole world will become desert.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Matheran: Forest on head

It was our marriage anniversary and my husband gave me a surprise by planning a trip to Matheran, a beautiful place with all greenery everywhere. Matheran means Forest on head (Mathe= Head; Raan= Forest). As usual we wake up early in the morning and packed our bags and were so excited to move on our bike. It was a journey of about 3 hours. But we biked leisurely and took our own time of 6 hours...:) We started at 5.30 in the morning. It was all dark everywhere and I was looking in the sky, sitting on the backside. I was thrilled to see a white spot moving in the sky. I asked my husband to look to it and then that white spot started turning yellow and that too very bright. It took almost 5 sec to see that white spot turning into a shooting star...Oh my god!!!!! Amazing!!!!! That was the most beautiful start of my morning....That was the most clear shooting star we both would have ever seen. Quickly, I asked for a wish and we again started.

At around 11.30, we reached there and parked our bike. It was around 5 kms of walk, since Matheran is a "No-Vehicle" zone. There are other modes of transportation i.e Horses and man-cart. We opted to walk. We were in no hurry as we wanted to admire the nature. At last, our hotel came and we rested for few minutes and after having lunch moved to see few places around. They were also at walking distance. Some of them were Echo-point, Honeymoon point, Mumbai Point,Malang Point, Louisa Point, Sunset-point, Charlote Lake and Myra Point.

It was fantastic experience to see sun-set from such a height. Next morning, we moved to our place, recollecting our sweet moments of life.....

Friday, December 19, 2008

City Round-up

A group of Bhopal based artists will be exhibiting their art-works at Art2day Gallery starting today. The team comprises of artists and sculptors. All of them are veterans having been part of numerous exhibitions in India and abroad. This is the first time they are showcasing their paintings in Pune. The theme of the exhibition is "Form" - paint, what you see, but one needs to be sensitive to implement your own idea on the subject. Thus creating an original work of art. They are a group of five and all of them are inspired by nature. Their artwork is the result of observing and studying nature. So, all art-lovers are invited and the details of the exhibition is given below:

Date: 20th December to 31st December
Venue: Art2Day Gallery, Solapur Highway, Camp, Pune

Monday, November 17, 2008

Pollution:Effect on World

"There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all". -Robert Orben

True saying....Either it may be Air Pollution,Sound pollution or Water pollution every bit of it is hazardous.

According to a study, pollution is changing world's weather by creating large clouds and intense storms. Researchers say there is definitely a link between human activity and the changing weather conditions. Increasing urban pollution can be blamed for intensified electricity and lightning in storms over various cities.

China has not only its name in increasing population but also in increasing pollution. Chinese pollution is the deadliest in the world. A World Health Organization (WHO) report estimates that diseases caused by air pollution kill 656,000 Chinese citizens each year.

WHO's air guidelines warn that pregnant women, the sick, and young children are especially susceptible to suffering severe effects from high pollution levels.

Resource: Natgeo News.

Animals are intelligent than humans

That might sound strange, but I have observed that animals are far better than human beings. They have common sense, they have mind, but they can't speak. If you train them to walk though a particular way, they will never go the other way. If you once show anger not to enter, they will never.

Among all living things, human is the most dangerous creature. God has gifted him with brain, but in vain. That is maximum used for thinking how to destroy himself and the earth. Can't he think he is trying to cut the branch on which he himself is sitting. We are in innumerable count and unmanageable, but animals, though in large number, know how to manage its species, how to remain balanced. They themselves maintain their population. The life-cycle set by god is incomparable but when humans use their brain by eating the portion of life cycle, the ecological balance is gone for sure.

I am not against human beings but against their behavior towards other creatures, may it be birds or animals. They should learn from those creatures who can't speak but know how to live.

Skyscrapers: Way to Hell

Yes! That's true. The apartment culture and competition amongst countries to create a history by building tallest skyscraper is a way to death. By living in apartment, we are living in bulk in a particular and creating concentration over the Earth. We suck all the resources from not only that area but nearby also. This is all because population is increasing recklessly. People don't think that by doing this they are themselves pushing to hell.

Even if 10% of literates show their awareness, the pain of the earth can be heard. Think yourself,
4 people are living in 1000 sq.feet. and on the other side, 2000 people are living in 1000 sq. feet. Difference is known. The pressure on not only land but also other natural resources increases.

Please think and control population growth.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hubby's B'day

Yesterday we had a blast! Yes, it was my hubby's birthday...We had a great time. At exactly 12.00 in the night, my brother-in-law, gave both of us a surprise by bringing my favorite pineapple cake.

Bhavesh came from office post lunch. Then we approached camera dealer and bought his favorite SLR camera. We were so excited that we started clicking photos there only...:) I will remember this day in my life. Love you my life!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Amazing but soar truth

1.Half of the world's population use wood for cooking.

500,000 trees every week can be saved i
f everyone in the U.S. recycled their Sunday newspapers.

3. 76% of Americans treat them as Environmentalists.

4. In 2 weeks, Americans throw enough glass bottles and jars out to fill the New York Trade Center’s twin towers.

5.The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.

6. 84 percent of all household waste can be recycled.

7. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4,100 kilowatts of electricity.

8.. Cutting your shower by 2 min saves 10 gallons of water.

Tiger Conservation goes hi-tech

Project Tiger was launched by the Government of India in the year 1973 to save the endangered species of tiger in the country. There are about 28 tiger reserves in India. A step forward in this is hi-tech software used to keep track of all large groups of tigers in India. All tiger reserves will be linked through GIS-based software and camera trap techniques. Due to declining number of tigers, the recommendations were made by census authorities WII(Wild Life Institute of India) in the report presented by Project Tiger. According to a leading newspaper, the hi-tech conservation will also involve a program to monitor tiger populations through mark-recapture camera traps. As per a WII scientist, now there will be change in census procedure and it would be more comprehensive now.

This software will enable us to know the behavior, ecology, challenges, life-style, birth, survival rate and shrinking prey base of tigers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Canon EOS 1000D

My husband and me are fond of photography. Its his b'day on 13th, so I planned to gift him a Canon EOS 1000D camera. I am really excited to see his reaction. I have find out the details about many other cameras also, but the budget did not allow me :(. I found it worth our use. Now I am dying for that grand day to come :).........

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Amazon: Lungs of Our Planet

The Amazon rainforest, also known as Amazonia, is one of the world's greatest natural resources.About 20% of earth's oxygen is produced by the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest watershed is home to the world's highest level of biodiversity.The world's largest tropical rainforest, Amazonia covers more than half of Brazil. Scientists believe that the canopy may contain half of the world's species. Over 500 mammals, 175 lizards and over 300 other reptiles species, and one third of the world's birds live in Amazonia. It is estimated that about 30 million insect types can be found here. Competition for survival is fierce.

  • Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  • One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries.
  • Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest deforestation.
  • Please save rainforest!! Please save the earth!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

When this gonna stop??

I was really surprised to see that in our building there are about 300 homes, of which approximately 50 women are pregnant. I thought if 50 women are reproducing in this small area what about the whole world? We, literate people, should atleast control birth rate and decide not to reproduce. I and my husband have mutually decided not to give birth to our child. It not only increases the responsibility but also we bring one more human being on earth to exploit nature. Have we ever thought what will happen if we concentrate ourselves on the small part of earth. Building huge apartment increases pressure, though it saves land but what if demand lot of resources from the small piece. It really worry me what will happen after ten years. The rate at which earth is getting warm, those days are not far when we will melt.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Best of Waste: Recycle Tips I

Together we can bring a drastic change by consuming reused products. The creativity is in you how to recycle them. Following are some of the tips how to green you recycling-

1. Stronger plastic bottles can be used to hold tools and nails etc in the shed. Simply cut 3 sides and leave one side longer and nail to the wall in the shed.

2. You can wash and reuse plastic and glass containers for storage and there are many things you can do to reduce your mountain of plastic bags.

3. Take clothes you don't want to your local opportunity shop or put them in a clothing bin. Rags are still useful for making handbags for shopping.

4 Donate unwanted paint to community groups, marae or schools. If you can't find someone to use it up, let the paint dry out and recycle the container.

5. Instead of buying countless bottles of water, try refilling the bottle and putting it in the fridge.

The best environmental choice is to repair, restore or adapt a product you already have.

7.You can also take your own bag to the shops - reuse plastic shopping bags from last time or buy some reusable cloth bags.

8. Buy products packaged in cardboard, paper, glass, cans or type 1 and 2 plastics - these can usually be recycled. Recyclable packaging means less rubbish.

9.Keep a reusable container in your drawer so that if you have leftovers from lunch, you can take them home and add them to the compost.

10.Reducing the amount of paper you use by sending documents electronically, using double-sided copying and printing or reusing one-sided copies for drafts.

Wake Up...!

"When we plant a tree, we are doing what we can to make our planet a more wholesome and happier dwelling place for those who come after us, if not for ourselves".

-Oliver Wendell Holmes

Ecosystems everywhere are being fragmented, depleted and destroyed. As a result, the earth’s ability to sustain life is being seriously reduced, and the crisis point is rapidly approaching. Some experts suggest that we have no more than 30 years to turn things around.

Do you know,half the Earth's forests are gone, and growing demand for wood threatens those that remain.
Growing demand for chinese food increased the demand for chop-stick and to fulfill that many forests are cut daily. What else to say, half of the forests that originally covered 48 percent of the Earth's land surface are gone. Only one-fifth of the Earth's original forests remain pristine and undisturbed.

Please avoid wood and wood related products. If using, then plant 10 trees in ratio of 1 tree cut.

When Nature Calls.......


This sunday me and my husband went for a ride to RAJGARH, place about 50 kms away from our place. Beauty, Nature, Peace all around. It was at high altitude so few people were able to approach it (I was not one of them). We went early in the morning at 5.30 and took 1 hour to reach there. Small village downhill, villagers unaware of the fact that they are in the lap of one of the beautiful places on earth. We saw couple of types of birds, insects and one of them was the web of unusul spider. We were so amazed to see it.....here is its photo, though truely its far more beautiful than in this pic. For about 45 minutes we were surprisingly looking to the web......WOW!!! I got so tired that we decided to return to our place and after seeing lot of sweet memories, we reached our home. I was so thrilled that I told this experience to everybody at home.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

'No opposition between man and planet'

Today I was reading the newspaper and I found a contradictory article to my thought. The article was on ' No opposition between man and planet'. It goes like this that human being is not a threat to the environment, but rather its steward. It mentions that its often said that we have to defend the environment but the term 'defense' could mislead us to see conflict between environment and the human being. In this case, protection encompasses more than defense. It implies a positive vision of the human being, meaning that the person is not considered a nuisance or a threat to the nature, but as its steward. There is an established and inseparable alliance, in which the environment essentially conditions the human being's existence and development, while the latter perfects and ennobles the environment by his creative activity Archbishop Migliore considered the principle of the "responsibility to protect" in regard to the environment.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Burning Earth

Help! Help! This is what i hear whenever and wherever i go. Seems my mother, my earth is calling for help. That was the day of Diwali-the festival of lights, noise and pollution.All were enjoying lighting crackers, I was sitting next to my window and watching them. The sky was filled with poisonous gas and noise was so much that I could not even hear phone ringing besides me. On one side, we say global warming is rising, but don't we realise why is it increasing? Its all because of us. I know it may sound boring but it is truth that the earth is burning every milisecond. Either we cook food or we ride a vehicle, or we consume electricity.

"Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find". ~Quoted in Time