CLIMATE CHANGE: Tomorrow is Today
There is no organization that can claim immunity from the destructive effects of a changing climate. The same holds true for individuals too.
Who is responsible for the changing climate? We all are. Organizations, as well as individuals.
In the words of Bittu Sahgal, the biodiversity activist, it is crucial that we all make the environment our collective responsibility.
The Tata Group agrees. As early as a decade ago, Dr J J Irani had pointed out that the fears over global warming were real and not politically motivated. He recognized that the Tata Group had to “catch up” on climate change initiatives and not be shy about learning from the Godrej Group, which was way ahead.
The Godrej Group has been green for decades. It has done benchmark work on green buildings and the process of generating compressed air. Further, according to Jamshyd Godrej, all water in Godrej plants is recycled. This not only cuts down their dependence of this scarce resource, but also cuts costs.
ITC is water positive. This implies that the organization generates greater fresh water volumes through various water harvesting methods than it consumes in its factory. Also, at the Badrachalam Paperboard plant, fly ash generated from the boilers in the mill is used to make bricks.
What can responsible individuals do? Here are a few tips:
- Most of our garbage consists of paper. It helps to make double sided photocopies, as well as print on used paper. (Mahatma Gandhi would have been delighted)
- Refuse plastic.
- Kettles consume considerable energy. The next time you want a cup of tea, boil a cup’s worth only.
- A TV left on standby still burns vast quantities of energy. Turn off the main switch of the TV when not in use.
- Low energy bulbs give out the same amount of light but run on a third of the power. Switch to low energy bulbs now.
- Use a bucket for a bath. Avoid a shower.
In summary, be a conscious consumer – reduce, refuse, recycle, reuse, repair.
Can you think of other things that responsible individuals should do?
- In ancient times, Indians worshipped the elements of nature. Why did they stop?
- Since ancient times Red Indians have worshipped the elements of nature. Why is their wisdom ignored in the Americas?
- Businesses are under tremendous pressure to generate profits. Should this be at the expense of environment?
- Should the government articulate an overriding environment vision?
- Have this year’s monsoon rains announced that tomorrow is already today?
Can you deliver Quality without addressing Environment?