Friday, May 24, 2013


Our planet is one. Our globe is one. All nations are just components of it. Often environment problems, with essentially local impact, have global implications as to qualify for international concern. Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, cloud forests are drying, and wildlife is scrambling to keep pace. It's becoming clear that humans have caused most of the past century's warming by releasing heat-trapping gases as we power our modern lives, Called greenhouse gases, their levels are increasing day by day. Through the burning of fossil fuels and other GHG emissions, humans are enhancing the greenhouse effect and warming Earth.

Scientists often use the term "climate change" instead of global warming. This is because as the Earth's average temperature climbs, winds and ocean currents move heat around the globe in ways that can cool some areas, warm others, and change the amount of rain and snow falling. As a result, the climate changes differently in different areas. although social and economic development is essentially a national issue, its advancement can be a global concern. Further, environmental disasters are not local in their consequences. The sulphur emissions from the American steel mills come down in the form of acid rains destroying the Canadian forests. The toxic industrial effluents discharged into the Rhine by the chemical units in Switzerland poison the drinking water in Holland. The radioactive waste in the Ukraine contaminates the vegetables in Sweden. Power stations in England and Germany pollute the Norwegian lakes and trees. Tree felling in Nepal leads to flooding in Bangladesh. The Chernobyl blast made undrinkable the milk of the cows in Scotland. And the CFC emissions in the north cause skin cancer in the southern hemisphere.

You represent millions of people around the world who are committed to protecting the global environment—our air, water, soil, plants, animals, ecosystems, and climate. Green Yatra is motivated and united by beliefs of protecting the environment for ourselves and for future generations.

Green Yatra movement is deeply concerned about the growing problem of cli­mate change. Each and every individual can contribute to the ‘Green Yatra’ initiative in a number of small and big ways. Let me mention some ideas which I believe we all can follow without any difficulty:

§  Plant trees

§  Gift plants instead of flowers

§  Use Public Transport/ carpool/ Alternate fuel

§  Always carry a re-usable carry bag

§  Use energy saving equipments

§  If possible use laptops instead of desktop.

§  Consider using solar energy for lighting, heating etc.

§  Conserve water – attend to leaking water taps, water plants late evening or early morning, use low flow shower heads, etc

§  Take print-outs only when necessary.

§  Try to pay bills etc. on-line.

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