7 Traditional Ways & Beliefs to Kill Environment

Our traditions have given shape to our thinking and beliefs and have made the character of our nation. We are very proud of it. However, with newer challenges increasingly facing us,which in the times to come, would turn into gargantuan proportions, if we do not mend our ways and get our acts together. This write up is a light hearted take on our ways we address the problem of E Waste traditionally with our love for hoarding and the plausible justifications we may offer!

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  1. Keeping Clutter traditions Intact: To the west, cluttering is supposed to reflect the state of mind, but to us in India, it is an art, and it is our tradition. Clutter is our way of life. And we wholeheartedly subscribe to Einstein view. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?
  2. Now that great minds also affirm our way of life how can we empty our houses of clutter? Einstein or no Einstein, we known long before anybody could point us, right from our childhood that we are foresighted, and we plan ahead. We always save for the event when our clutter one day would rescue the need to go out and buy a new part or a spare. So clutters in our homes are for great reasons.
  3. Stick to Stacking: We have it in us, all programmed in our genes. Thus we stack. We stack up groceries before the budget is announced, we stack petrol at the midnight before price hike and we are known globally to stack up gold in shimmering million tones. Traditionally we have been a nation of stackers, stacking every banal item which has long lost its significance in our lives. Thus we have our natural reasons for what makes us what we are.
  4. Practice Utilitarian Creativity: To most of us it is sacrilegious to give away even our most unused dilapidated, several generations over, discarded house hold stuffs. We have honed the skills to turn them into utility, to fit inside our 20 X20 spaces. Our old refrigerators metamorphose into cabinets for scrap or raddi. Cables and wires become the stethoscopes in our children role playing acts, the batteries become paper weights. We turn the scraps into utility and at times into abstract art. Salvador Dali would have loved to be born as an Indian.
  5. Live the Present: For a nation wanting to long-jump into development, our advice is Stack before You Leap. Healthy life and environment clean air and Swachh Bharat are too distant ideal. We need to concentrate on the present, Stack Up for the Future!
  6. Belief in Our Karma: They tell us the earth is getting less green because we stack. Now can somebody tell us how our stacking lead to environment pollution? Our parents stacked, their parents stacked and for innumerable generations we have stacked. Nothing changed because of the hoarding, stashing and stacking. How then we still have good air to breathe ample water coming into our taps. Our Children then must stack. The environment if it is turning grey from green, it is ordained to be such. Our karma has resulted into our present living condition. If the fate of our children has something in store which is different than green then it would be to purify them from past karma.
  7. Philanthropy is good for Economy: We do our philanthropic bit by giving the kabbadi wala some of our stuffs. It becomes his livelihood. He has his small place where he burns the stuffs into something which the big scarp dealers buy from him. These Scrap dealers then do something which they pass on to someone and that someone passes on to some other one. So our philanthropic stuff makes money for all and adds to the economy. But whatever it does to the ecology is not our concern. By the end of the day we feel happy for the little kabaddi wala.
  8. All Merge into One: What the kabbadi wala cannot sell goes into his stacks or goes for burning or into severs or drains or rivers or rivulets. Or close to our cities for landfills. What we had extracted from the Earth goes back to the Mother Nature. For all things will eventually merge into her sooner or later. Our efforts seem small, polluting but it finally ends into the beginning. This is our belief!

Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Repulsive face of Electronics: E waste facts

Do we realize that the devices with which we interact on a daily basis i.e. our possessed electronic devices are turning into an hideous image worldwide? E-waste or electronic waste is the new sensation in the market which aims in hindering the environment or for the layman’s sake, it is acting like a deep cancer in the ecological system. Yes, it’s a doubt wobbling in your mind, that how does a life heaping up on the technological track can affect nature? We are always guided by some or the other principles as designed for us. The law of conservation, recycling resources, water conservation, etc. Likewise, one latest factor we shall make up for is BUY ONE RECYCLE ONE.

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It could raise your concern, that why I need to do it? The hi-tech trash that includes cast-off television sets, monitors, CPUs, keyboards, scanners, printers, pocket computers, or anything electronic that is no more in use settles in the zone of electronic waste. In United States, 50 million tons of e-waste is collected in a year, and only 25% of the same is recycled safely. What happens to the rest of the trash? You must be horrified to know, that rest 75% goes directly to landfills. E-waste requires an organized dumping as it has certain toxic substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium which is evil both for humans and the environment.

This rising cause is somewhere hidden in this avid society and a wake-up call is mandate now. While having some of the latest software and hardware developing facilities, the recycling sector in India is still medieval. The “high penetration in the replacement market” and the “higher obsolescence rate” make e-waste one of the fastest waste streams.

Producers must be responsible for the entire life-cycle of their products. In developed countries, several initiatives have been made on this front. Several dozen cities in the states of California and Massachusetts, including San Francisco, have passed resolutions supporting ‘producer take back’ rules. India is quite back in the league as proper awareness is not reached to the people. We are bereft of this global issue which is gradually eating the entire system.

Aiming towards a cleaner and greener India, ZEROWASTE-“simplest way to dispose your Electronic waste”, is indeed making a mark. This has possibly open doors for a community towards safe e-waste trashing. You are just a call away, and the old electronic trash is picked right from your home, and caters you with the best possible service of organized dumping.

Shout out loud, it’s your environment and your efforts.

Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Ankit Taparia — the ZeroWaste Quintessence

Ever on the lookout for engagement with passionate souls, ZeroWaste has the privilege of a proud association with Ankit Taparia an environmentalist and a leader of the next generation global citizens.

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Singular passion for environmental sustainability

His exemplary devotion to the Earth’s sustainability has had the legendary Polar explorer Robert Swan picking him for the prestigious International Antarctic Expedition 2015 along with World Leaders, Environmental Experts, and Youth Ambassadors to understand the continent’s delicate ecosystem and monitor the impact of climate change on its unique wildlife and landscape.

Unlike the usual environment crusaders, Ankit is pragmatic in his approach and belief. He states “the need of the hour is to work and develop solutions to meet people’s requirement for energy while simultaneously preserving the health of our planet. We have to duly acknowledge the increasing global challenges of the rising demands & tightening supplies. Awareness has to be created all around us and people should be educated about climate change and the express needs of green initiatives in everybody’s life.”

His first hand experience of Antarctica’s changing landscape and the deep understanding of the reasons for it in the human wanton ways and lopsided development has emboldened his desire and purpose for making the country and the world E Waste free.

As an environmental crusader he leads the ZeroWaste’s volunteering efforts and has been the energy in rallying youth to the cause of ZeroWaste Mission of E-Waste responsible management.

Spreading ZeroWaste awareness

Driving the much required ZeroWaste campaigns at various schools, colleges of Jaipur, he has been able to bring in consciousness through his street plays (nukkad nataks), relaying the message to the newer generation & imbibing participation and practicing of responsible disposal of electronic waste.

Building ambassadors of change

As an ambassador for Swan’s new initiative — South Pole Energy Challenge — of sustainable development, Ankit Taparia, has pledged to make a difference and contribute to sustainability in his own small way by encouraging the newer generation to achieve their dreams. He inspires the youth and encourages them to follow their dreams and to inculcate a belief of being the best agents of change the world needs.

Hopes of the future

As a part of the global expedition Ankit has engaged meaningfully with the next generation of global leaders to take environmental responsibility, policy development, facilitate sustainable business generation and enable future green technologies.

Today, he is well poised to lead the efforts of ZeroWaste amongst the youth and to the International communities. Kindling hopes for a brighter future for us all.

Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.