Monthly Archives: August 2012

a piece of spoon!

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When i went to the  local chaat  shop to buy myself some samosas and chutney, guess what I got for free, a piece of plastic SPOON!

Just after a small fight with my friends on who gets the biggest samosa and some finger licking chutney, before throwing the small piece of plastic away, my mind asked me “why throw it?, How much would it take to put this piece together?”. Mind voice continued, the life cycle emission of this piece of plastic is huge and even though you got this for free, the number of people who would have paid for this piece, will be numerous. The mining that would happened, which would have costed a lot of people their homes, the processing of the raw materials which would have costed heavily on the environment and the low-wages and worse labour laws that would have costed the living standards of lot people (mostly belonging to the place where the raw materials were mined. And even after knowing all this U are throwing it???

I told myself , The least I can do is wash the spoon along with the system, because every plastic is not a piece of something, that we can afford to throw away. Considering even something can be used as a natural fertilizer.

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whats up with Antarctica!

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I came to know about Robert Swan, during a discussion among a few friends. Robert Swan the founder of polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker. He is the first person to walk on both North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica.  Mr. Swan and team 2041 are organizing a 15 day expedition across Antarctica. 10 participants are to be selected, their learning from the expedition is expected to be implemented in their own land. Being one of the applicants, I got inquisitive on how the human effected climate change might affect Antarctica. The place that is said to be one of the purest places on earth.

The first sight that catches a persons attention in 2041.com website is the lock that is ticking in re-negotiation of moratorium on mining in Antarctica. In the year 2041 the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended.

Global change may have effects that impact directly on the Antarctic environment and its fauna and flora. Global warming for example may contribute to break-up ice-shelves causing loss of habitat for animals dependent on the ice-shelf as well as the effect of increasing sea level on low-lying regions in the rest of the world.

Increasing Ultra Violet (UV) radiation due to the ozone hole may cause changes to phytoplankton communities and could have effects up the food chain.

Antarctica is a sensitive indicator of global change. The polar ice cap holds within it a record of past atmospheres that go back tens or even hundreds of thousands of years, allowing study of the earth’s natural climate cycles against which the significance of recent changes can be judged.

According to WWF, some of the visible changes that’s happening in Antarctica is a clear proof of the purest place getting warmer. If this continues the entire southern polar food chain will be affected.

Antarctica the southern most point of the earth; the land of Penguins, Albatross and Sea birds needs to be preserved, Robert leads us by example.

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