Sunday, January 19, 2014

My new blog

I have started a new and better blog called A Rational Outlook. There, I talk about (American) politics, philosophy and a host of other things. I hope you join me there!

I'm discontinuing this blog, although the posts till date will remain here. Thanks for the support.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Where are we headed?

With what may be called an inundation of news regarding the plight of the Earth and terribly careless activities still going around, one may ask the question, "Where are we headed?"

The arctic is melting like hell, sea-levels are rising, tornadoes are swarming across the United States and famine/drought is gripping the Horn of Africa (Somalia being the worst-hit). There are examples of devastation in India too -- the ever-increasing summer temperatures. So, what makes us, the most-intelligent specie on the earth, to be so damn cavalier about it. I recently asked a question about it on the environment section of guardian.co.uk and await the answers from the experts. But here is my take on it:

The failure to analyze the severe effects of what's going on and what will happen is the real cause. Most of us wouldn't really care even if the whole Arctic ice melts (it will for sure!) as long as we have that comfortable feeling of sitting in an air-conditioned room. We are hell-bent on destroying the earth for our pleasures.

So, don't be so uncaring! Give a thought to it. Think whether you can do a thing in a different way so that it contributes a little towards betterment e.g. try efficient driving. As the adage goes, "Nobody can do everything. But, everybody can do something!"

And if you have any question regarding climate change, you should refer to The Ultimate Climate Change FAQ from the Guardian.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Fuel Price Hike Welcomed

The fuel price hike is welcomed. Congress has at last done some good to us. It has increased the fuel prices as the losses to Indian Oil Companies have become intolerable. The price of petrol, diesel and LPG cylinders have been hiked by Rs 5, Rs 3 and Rs 50 respectively. But, they could have been increased by much greater prices.

The good thing is that this increase in fuel prices will discourage use of fuel like petrol and diesel among the aam janta and even among the rich people. Positive reactions have started coming nation-wide. People are saying they will reduce the distance they drive, reduce the amount of LPG they waste, reduce the amount of food they waste and so on. What can be a better way to celebrate the World Environment Day? The step will prove great in reducing consumption. Leave aside what the other parties' politicians have to say.

What kind of a human foolishness? The degradation of environment didn't cause the humans to reduce consumption and wastage but now fuel price hike is persuading them to do so.

Let petrol and diesel prices increase and a wonderful day would come when solar and hydrogen power would be cheaper than petrol and diesel. Let that wonderful day come.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Go Ahead! Become a Vegetarian

There are so many good reasons for being vegetarian (health, animals, the environment) that a better question might be, "Why NOT be vegetarian?" When you can easily...

  • significantly improve your health,
  • dramatically reduce your environmental footprint,
  • and greatly lessen the suffering of animals
...I might ask instead, "What's stopping you?"

SAVE THE EARTH

Eating vegetarian saves more land, energy, and water than any other choice you can make. That's because livestock eat several times more grain than they produce as meat. So raising livestock uses:

  • several times as much land to grow the grain to feed them
  • several times as much energy to harvest the grain and transport it
  • several times as much water to grow the grain and to water the animals
  • several times as much pesticides, etc.
PREVENT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Nobody wants animals to suffer, but it's easy to forget that when we eat them, that's what we're supporting.
The easiest action a person can take to reduce animal suffering is to simply stop eating them.

Around eight billion animals are killed for food every year in the U.S. alone -- a number greater than the entire human population of the planet. Each meat-eating American eats the equivalent of about 24 animals per year. What's worse, modern agricultural methods mean that animals are raised in cramped confinement operations instead of the pastures from childhood picture books -- a practice known as factory farming. Chickens are crammed into cages with no free space, and are debeaked to keep them from pecking each other to death. Animals are pumped full of various powerful drugs to kill diseases resulting from filthy living conditions, and to make them grow or produce faster than nature intended. When cows and chickens stop producing as much milk and eggs as the younger animals, they're unceremoniously slaughtered and made into low-grade meat (fast food and pet food). For some, vegetarianism and veganism are easy ways to refuse to participate in this cruelty.

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

The medical evidence is clear, consistent and overwhelming. Vegetarians and vegans:

  • ...are far less likely to get cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
  • ...are far less likely to be overweight.
  • ...have lots more stamina.
  • ...consume far less pesticides in their food.
  • ...have superior immune function.
(From www.michaelbluejay.com/veg/why)

For more check PETA.ORG.

(PEOPLE FOR ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS)


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Use Navneet Ecobuddy Products

(Check out my new blog A Rational Outlook.)

Start using Navneet Eco-buddy Products!

Because...

All eco-buddy paper products use paper made from bagasse, not trees. Bagasse comes from sugarcane. After the cane has been crushed to make sugar, the leftover pulp is turned into paper. Think about it, every time you buy an eco-buddy product which uses bagasse made paper, you make our planet a little greener. And every time you save a tree, you save a part of the planet Earth. It's up to you now. Go ahead, create a revolution.
For more information, follow this. 

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Reality Shows: Should stop explioiting resources

Go to any entertainment channel and you will find a reality show or award ceremony. The famous reality shows in India are Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (Zee TV), Indian Idol(Sony Entertainment TV) and Star Voice of India (Star Plus). They build huge sets and use huge amount of electricity to light up their set. The huge sets are built up of wood, got by clearing forests.
And now the new idea of Star Voice of India is devastating. They go to each city, build their sets there. It is hard to imagine what huge amount of natural and human resources it needs to 'entertain' people. Just to get money, they demand SMSs for their participants. Just imagine the amount of electricity needed to charge crores of cell phones used for voting.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sports contribute to Global Warming II

India have won the CB series and now the IPL will kick off. Experts keep talking about promoting cricket in India and the rest of the world as if it is the most important thing in the world, even more important than crores of innocent animals who are slaughtered to get the leather balls that are shown by the cricket pundits as a 'a magnificient example of engineering' (how the ball swings etc.). This has certain environmental consequences also. The animals slaughtered are grown and they consume resources like water and food (for the same reason, non-vegetarian food is not recommended by environmentalists). Also, other equipments like bats take lives of trees. I like the alternative of playing with synthetic balls used in nets (it does not swing!) and reducing cricket's spread (a rebellious thought).

Talking on another matter, increasing population needs to be educated so that it knows the importance of environment and so tries to protect the environment through family planning, choosing eco-friendly alternatives etc. but what an irony, thar e.g. when 'Yamuna passes the villages of illiterates, it comes out clean but after passing through New Delhi, the city of the educated, it gets polluted like anything. One reason is that a person improves his standard of living in the process of getting educated. More use of paper (free use, like purchasing three books for same subject (called 'references'), ball point and gel pens (due to which plastic refills are rejected) are some examples. And even in budget, FM took measures to boost consumption whereas at other hand, environmentalists get tired speaking of reducing consumption. The conclusion is that more we make higher standard of living available to the poorer people (e.g. giving electricity to the till now 'no electrity' places), the more the loss to the environment. Therefore, ultimate strategy is to reduce population (not even stopping at the present figure will work.)

Some people may argue that what is the sense in thinking so much and stopping ways of entertainment and indeed, looking with a larger perspective, humans are not expected to survive after million years or so. But, as of now, we should try the best to save our Earth. (No one would like to die hungry or thirsty.)

Should the developed countries stop politics and agree to curb emissions?

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