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Destruction of nature is not development

Destruction of nature is not development. We are heading towards an Ecological collapse of our Planet Earth. Human activities have become destructive than preservative. We need to address these environmental issues on a fast track basis. Scientific experiments have provided us enough evidences of imminent disasters that are likely to strike the human race and the earth, sooner than later. It is time for us to initiate immediate measures for preserving this great home of ours with solutions that are simple, replicable and economical

Vision-2013 of Save Our Earth Club, Hunsur, aims at management of these issues during the academic year 2013-2014 through environmental activities by the student community to whom the future world belongs.

SAVE TREES – SAVE EARTH: Paper is used everywhere . The process of manufacturing new paper causes lots of damage to the nature. It has been estimated that recycling half the world’s paper would avoid cutting of 20 million acres of forestland. So these losses can be overcome by recycling the used paper. Evidence: Recycling of one ton of paper can save 17 mature trees, 7 thousand gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 320 liter of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough energy to power a home for six months.

By involving students/volunteers to bring all kinds of paper lying as waste in homes/business places/government organizations etc. is collected On Saturday the June 9th, 2013 all are requested to bring a minimum of about two kilograms of waste/unwanted paper to Town Hall ground and hand over the same to the Collection Vehicles parked. The collected paper is segregated and moved to the Recycling Plant in Hunsur for conversion into usable paper and further into Note Books for school children.

It is proposed to present one truck load of such recycled usable paper to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka at Bengaluru for use in his office and also to direct other schools/colleges to adopt such methods through their Eco Clubs or Nature Clubs in Karnataka.

If this waste paper finds its way to the garbage bin, that much of precious paper goes waste and for manufacturing that much of paper, a number of trees are cut. This activity based knowledge will create awareness in the minds of the budding youngsters and will help the earth to survive with more greenery.

This is a novel and noble environmental cause and participation of all school/college children will go a long way in creating awareness on environmental issues in and around Hunsur Town.

MY PLANET MY FUTURE: – Main purpose is to create awareness on environmental issues / problems to the student / volunteer community for their in-depth examination / discussions through trials, exhibiting environmental documentaries by visual multimedia in schools/colleges/public gatherings etc., for creating awareness among the students/public and for engaging them for arriving at localized solutions for adoption for the good of the mankind.

Date : – June 8th 2013 Venue: – Town Hall. Time: – 8 AM
Chief Guest : – H.P. Manjunatha MLA, Hunsur.
Event Supporters : – Jayprakash Narayan Memorial Janata Trust, Hunsur.
Cooperation : – Town Municipal Council, Hunsur

Karnataka State Forest Department, Wild life and Forest, Hunsur
Education Department,Hunsur
Support the Event for success.

Thanking you
(Sanjay Hunsur)

Make Lakshmana Thirtha River free form e-colies

The river, which originates at Kodugu’s Irpu Falls, flows quietly for 220 km before it touches Hunsur, where it morphs into a cesspool. It is the only perennial riparian source of water for a population of over 2, 20,000 citizens of Hunsur taluk and other villages downstream of eastern plains of westran gats.

Lakshmana Thirtha River is the only source of water supply for drinking and other potable purposes for people of Hunsur. This river feeds thousands of acres of land for nearly 120km, and is a lifeline to many farmers in the region. But by the time it reaches the Hunsur, the river is polluted. Over decades, unabated pollution is taking place by letting the sewage directly through the damaged UGD system to the river basin and by dumping of solid waste, plastics, city waste etc., directly or through storm water drains and other questionable means. Also, lots of weeds have grown all along the sewage lines/storm water drains, mosquitoes menace has become rampant and chronic diseases are spreading to the residents of the surrounding residential areas. The river merges into the river Cauvery in this taluk and not only does the Lakshamana Treertha carry pollutants, but also pollutes the river Cauvery along its course the colour turns darker and the water becomes heavily polluted.

We, the members of Save Our Earth Club that works for a sustainable development in the field of Environment at Hunsur, and create awareness in the minds of people and authorities about their responsibility in protecting our water, air and other natural resources, several apples has been made in the past to the local and higher authorities to declare the river bank and the entire course a protected area and need to appoint an authority to keep an eye on those polluting the river. The club has sought stern punitive action against those polluting and toxification of River.

A simple solution to clean up the river has fallen on deaf ears. So In order to save our only source of elixir of life, water, from further deterioration and harm our eco-system and bio-diversity, we need a support from every nook.

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World environment day 2014

Over 80 percent of empty water bottles end up in the nation’s landfills.
Do something – action with us..!

In 2001 Indians drank an average of 1 gallons of bottled water every year. Roughly 12 years later consumption increased to 1 gallons per person, according to the Earth Policy Institute — despite the fact that bottled water can cost anywhere from 20-00 Rs to 10 times more than tap water, which is brought right to your home for pennies a gallon. Bottled water also creates its own share of pollution — the production of plastic bottles requires millions of barrels of oil per year and the transportation of bottled water from its source to stores releases thousands of tons of carbon dioxide.
Oil Consumption: – According to “National Geographic,” Americans drink more bottled water than any other nation, purchasing an impressive 29 billion bottles every year. Making all the plastic for those bottles uses 17 million barrels of crude oil annually. That is equivalent to the fuel needed to keep 1 million vehicles on the road for 12 months. If you were to fill one quarter of a plastic water bottle with oil, you would be looking at roughly the amount used to produce that bottle.

Recycling :- The recycling rate for those 19 billion bottles of water is low; only about 6 percent end up in the recycling stream where they are turned into products like fleece clothing, carpeting, decking, playground equipment and new containers and bottles. In 2005, that meant approximately 1 million tons of water bottles ended up in landfills, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Plastic bottles take centuries to decompose and if they are incinerated, toxic byproducts, such as chlorine gas and ash containing heavy metals, are released into the atmosphere

Global warming

Global warming is defined as an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere, especially a sustained increase significant enough to cause changes in the global climate. The term global warming is synonymous with an enhanced greenhouse effect, implying an increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere, leading to entrapment of more and more solar radiations, and thus increasing the overall temperature of the earth.

An introduction to the profile of India

India is the second most populous country of the world with a population over 1.2 billion. India lies to the north of the equator between 6° 44′ and 35° 30′ north latitude and 68° 7′ and 97° 25′ east longitude. It shares a coast line of 7517 km with the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It has land boundaries with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh.

Climate of India

India exhibits a wide diversity of temperatures. The Himalayas participate in warming by preventing the cold winds from blowing in, and the Thar desert attracts the summer monsoon winds, which are responsible for making the majority of the monsoon season of India. However, the majority of the regions can be considered climatically tropical.

The climate of India is dominated by the monsoon season, which is the most important season of India, providing 80% of the annual rainfall. The season extends from June to September with an average annual rainfall between 750–1,500 mm across the region. The monsoon of India is regarded as the most productive wet season on the earth.

Impacts of global warming on climate of India

The effect of global warming on the climate of India has led to climate disasters as per some experts. India is a disaster prone area, with the statistics of 27 out of 35 states being disaster prone, with foods being the most frequent disasters. The process of global warming has led to an increase in the frequency and intensity of these climatic disasters.

According to surveys, in the year 2007-2008, India ranked the third highest in the world regarding the number of significant disasters, with 18 such events in one year, resulting in the death of 1103 people due to these catastrophes.

The anticipated increase in precipitation, the melting of glaciers and expanding seas have the power to influence the Indian climate negatively, with an increase in incidence of floods, hurricanes, and storms.

Global warming may also pose a significant threat to the food security situation in India.

According to the The Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, if the process of global warming continues to increase, resulting climatic disasters would cause a decrease in India’s GDP to decline by about 9%, with a decrease by 40% of the production of the major crops. A temperature increase of 2° C in India is projected to displace seven million people, with a submersion of the major cities of India like Mumbai and Chennai.

Solid waste

Presently in India, about 960 million tonnes of solid waste is being generated annually as by-products during industrial, mining, municipal, agricultural and other processes. Of this 350 million tonnes are organic wastes from agricultural sources; 290 million tonnes are inorganic waste of industrial and mining sectors and 4.5 million tonnes are hazardous in nature. Advances in solid waste management resulted in alternative construction materials as a substitute to traditional materials like bricks, blocks, tiles, aggregates,
ceramics, cement, lime, soil, timber and paint. To safeguard the environment, efforts are being made for recycling different wastes and utilise them in value added applications. In this paper, present status on generation and utilization of both non-hazardous and hazardous solid wastes in India, their recycling potentials and environmental implication are reported and discussed in details.

Biodynamic natural farming

Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that employs what proponents describe as “a holistic understanding of agricultural processes”. One of the first sustainable agriculture movements, it treats soil fertility, plant growth, and livestock care as ecologically interrelated tasks, emphasizing spiritual and mystical perspectives. Proponents of biodynamic agriculture, including Steiner, have characterized it as “spiritual science” as part of the larger anthroposophy movement.

Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single system; an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems; its use of traditional and development of new local breeds and varieties; and the use of an astrological sowing and planting calendar. Biodynamic agriculture uses various herbal and mineral additives for compost additives and field sprays; these are sometimes prepared by controversial methods, such as burying ground quartz stuffed into the horn of a cow, which are said to harvest “cosmic forces in the soil”, that are more akin to sympathetic magic than agronomy.

As of 2011 biodynamic techniques were used on 142,482 hectares in 47 countries. Germany accounts for 45% of the global total the remainder average 1750 ha per country. Biodynamic methods of cultivating grapevines have been taken up by several notable vineyards. There are certification agencies for biodynamic products, most of which are members of the international biodynamics standards group Demeter International.

No difference in beneficial outcomes has been scientifically established between certified biodynamic agricultural techniques and similar organic and integrated farming practices. Critics have characterized biodynamic agriculture as pseudoscience on the basis of a lack of strong evidence for its efficacy and skepticism about aspects criticized as being magical thinking.