Lets end with Zero! Zero Waste!

Food is our fuel, our only energy source, a means to living a healthy, meaningful, happy life. And yet it has become the greatest cause for distress, the underlying culprit to the world’s biggest diseases: cancer and obesity.

As they say, you are what you eat. So if you eat toxin laden, plastic wrapped, packaged and preservative-infused food, well that’s what your body and mind is going to exude.

Food also is our main reason for creating trash, insurmountable, mountainous, voluptuous, ever-growing trash. The trash we generate is so high; we have no idea how to get rid of it. So we are dumping it illegally on land, or incinerating it into a toxic compressed box, or letting it float irresponsibly in our oceans and shores, into the bodies of marine life, which we are inadvertently consuming.

So basically, we are trashing our own bodies, and that of our loved ones, our children and future generations to come. Reducing our waste is not an alternative lifestyle; it’s the only way to ensure the survival of the human species. For earth does not need us for its survival, in fact it will thrive magnificently if we humans go extinct. We, humans, need the Earth for everything, and we ain’t got no other place to go, no other place to trash, no other place to save.

So you thought disposable cups are easily disposable? No they are not! Plastic cups can take 450 years to decompose, if they are buried inside earth. While decomposing, they release toxins that can get mixed with our drinking ground water. Therefore mostly plastic cups go to a landfill, which has barriers underneath it to prevent decontamination of underground water source. Therefore, a plastic cup in a landfill will last forever. Remember, eons after you are gone, the plastic cup you used today for your morning buzz, will remain in a landfill forever and ever and ever.

Unless, it goes into an incinerator, then some parts of its toxins will go up into smoke, and the rest of its smoky black ash will be on a landfill forever and ever and ever.

Unless, it is tossed into the ocean, then it might end up in the great pacific garbage patch, a humongous whirlpool of plastic bliss, including the first toothbrush your father might have used, your last smelly diaper, your favorite strawberry biscuit wrapper, the straw you shared with your first crush, most of the plastic bags you used mindlessly when buying groceries, every ear bud and dental floss you ever used, maybe a few of those plastic water bottles you could have easily avoided buying, and all the zip lock bags you thought are most convenient for carrying food.Did you imagine that? Now imagine it multiplied by a billion people at the very least. How glad we are not stuck in that muck!

But most of the ocean life is, stuck in our plastic trash, or dodging it to the point of oblivion, but mostly ingesting it, thinking it’s a new kind of coral or some exotic plankton. And who is eating whom in the end? Who considers themselves proud to be on top of the food chain? Us trash-generating humans of course!

So the next time you need to get yourself a cup of coffee, either make one at home, or make it a habit to carry a reusable cup. Old habits are hard to break they say, but so is this massive waste that we are generating, every day, every second.

Let’s face it!
Disposables are disgusting.
Disposables are damaging.
Let’s dispose the use of disposables.
Disposables – say NO MORE!

Let’s save our magnificent Earth then, one plate at a time, one cup at a time, one straw at a time, one plastic item at a time.


An environmentalist is born

Becoming a parent changes everything!

Leisurely time becomes nonexistent.  Movie marathons are replaced by diaper change marathons.  A good nights sleep seems like a dream.  Conversation is mostly baby talk, conversation with adults is also about baby talk. Everyday is a vicious circle, when the baby eats, poops, sleeps and wakes up for another round. But when we parents do find a little time to relax and think, there is something that makes us a bit uneasy, even nervous at times. And that is the future of our little one.  Not in terms of  education and money, or health and family. But the very future of the planet that we are going to live in.

Life as we know it depends on one thing, the most important thing in the history of the universe. Earth.

When I became a parent, an environmentalist was born too. One who wants a clean, green, healthy planet to live in, to sustain many many future generations of my blood line. We, after all, want to survive, to see our kids grow and live healthy fulfilling lives.

Saving earth starts NOW, and it starts with ME.

After all, we only have ONE EARTH.

Visit http://www.oneearth.org/  for more info.

Bring out the environmentalist in YOU!

Tick Tock! Tick Tock! Life’s too short!

Tick Tock! Tick Tock!

The countdown has begun! You have only sixty minutes left to live! Sixty minutes to do anything and everything you ever hoped for and dreamed of! Because that is precisely the amount of time it is going to take for the asteroid ‘Doom’ to hit earth! Fifty-nine minutes and counting down!

Once the asteroid hits earth, its massive size will rupture the surface where it hits, sending mountains of earth particles into the dark space. The impact will create a massive wave within the earth’s surface, whatever is left of it anyways! The wave will be a thousand times bigger than the biggest tsunami, and it will be made up of rocks, dust, metal, bricks, concrete, wood and water. It will travel around the remaining surface of the earth, destroying each and every life form on its way! It will take only a few minutes to circle the earth, only a few minutes to destroy it!

No! It is not happening right now, but what if it does in the future?

What will you do, given the information that you have only sixty minutes to live?

A recent survey was conducted in London, stating precisely the given scenario, one hour left to live on earth! Commissioned by Ziji Publishing, the survey was conducted to promote the release of the book “Cloud Cuckoo Land” by debut novelist Steven Sivell.

Majority of the Britons surveyed, 54 percent to be exact, were the family loving kind, wanting to spend their last minutes with their relatives and loved ones. 

Another 13 percent were ardent fans of destiny, deciding to pick a glass of champagne, sit back, relax and resign to this impending quirk of fate. There were no teetotalers in this category.

Astonishingly, only nine percent chose to remain true to their self-gratifying selves, preferring to satisfy their primal needs. 

And a measly three percent decided to pray to Almighty, either for a miracle or for atonement of their sins.

So far, so good! The odd part begins here! Two percent of the people were so deprived of their favorite foods that they chose the last one hour of their life eating fatty greasy foods! The upside was that there would be no permanent weight gain!

In most groups, a few people are always overly optimistic. So was the case in this wild bunch. A whopping two percent did not really think that the world would end. In fact, they believed that they would surely survive. So they chose to start looting the neighborhoods to gather as much wealth as possible. Even if the world ended, they would surely die rich!

Life’s too short, so would you eat a lot?  What would you do during the last sixty minutes of your life? I, for one, would try to blast off to space aboard the next space shuttle scheduled for launch! And for that to happen, I will need to get rich as quickly as possible. Therefore, on second thoughts, looting does not sound like a terrible option after all!

For more or less of this odd story, check this!

Live earth live!

There are different types of people on earth. A select few keep their homes as well as their surroundings clean. These are mostly environmentalists and are highly intelligent and sane people. They recycle all products, refuse to use plastic bags for shopping, and use hybrid cars, bicycles or skates. These people are generally frowned upon due to their extreme respect for nature and earth. But they don’t really care since they know how important their actions are. These people realize that every bit counts and they keep doing their bit.

Another set of people do not care much about dust, environment, pollution, garbage or cleanliness. They choose to overlook all things bad. They believe that ignorance is bliss. Anywhere they go, they pollute.  

The vast majority however have somewhat dual values. They keep their homes spick and span, but don’t think twice littering the streets. These people seek to have a plush and rich life, in the midst of dust, garbage and pollution. What they fail to realize is that outside air will eventually come in. These people are living a life away from reality. Or so they think.

If only we tried to understand the state of the earth this very moment.

Global warming is a reality, and you have been feeling its effect since the last few years. The earth is warming up and temperatures are increasing everywhere. Man made pollution is causing the earth’s core to heat up. And what are the results? Famine and flood!

Since the earth’s core is heating up, Artic and Antarctic ice caps are melting. Melting glaciers have increased the ocean water levels, resulting in tsunamis and floods in coastal cities worldwide. With increased temperatures in the earth’s core, volcanoes are erupting more frequently and remaining active. Volcanoes are the natural means for decreasing core temperature, so more the core temperature, more the number of eruptions. We have already witnessed the devastation created by volcanoes, creating massive tsunamis that have destroyed human life.

Another effect of the rising temperature is that oceans are now increasingly warmer. This has destroyed many precious plant and animal species that were wonders of life. Above all, high temperatures are causing increased evaporation, with huge amounts of rain and global flooding.

The average overall temperatures all around the globe are increasing. Weather is becoming more violent and unpredictable, with tornadoes and violent storms lurking around the corner. Increasing temperatures also mean high number of health problems, diseases and epidemics.

So what can you do about it? You may think its the responsibility of the government or the NGOs or the garbage cleaners. No its not, atleast not your part. You need to do your bit. Only then can you tell others to do theirs.

Start by switching off equipment you do not use. Computers, television, air conditioners, lights, anything that you are not using must be turned off. There are many other tips that can help conserve the environment, reduce the earths temperature and let earth live.

Check out www.oneearth.org and www.liveearth.org for more information.

Remember, we have only one home, one earth!