All posts tagged: environment

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Greenpeace Challenges Facebook to Go Green by Earth Day

Greenpeace has launched a worldwide campaign asking Facebook to ‘Go Green’ by pledging to switch to clean energy, and it wants your help to make it happen. The world’s environmental watchdog has launched a massive pressure campaign aptly titled ‘Facebook: Unfriend Coal’ asking Facebook to commit to becoming 100% coal free by 2021. They also want Zuckerberg to announce Facebook’s commitment to this effect by Earth Day (April 22nd). In February 2010, Greenpeace approached Facebook urging the company to design their new data centers (in Oregon, USA) to run off clean energy. They set a deadline of April 22nd 2011 for Facebook to commit to doing so. Facebook hasn’t made any such commitments so far. So this month, in a well-executed online+offline campaign, Greenpeace is calling upon all its supporters, as well as friends of supporters to comment on their Unfriend Coal Facebook Wall in support of Facebook’s use of friendlier energy sources like wind and solar to power its new data centers. From the Greenpeace campaign website: Facebook announced in February 2010 that it …

Dailydump : Managing Kitchen Waste the Eco-Friendly Way

The world today consists of environmentally-aware citizens. After CFL lamps, eco-friendly vehicles and green buildings, we can now turn waste matter into compost from the comfort of our homes. This idea was introduced into India by Poonam Bir Kasturi, founder of Dailydump, a company based in Bangalore. According to Poonam, the average urban household generates more than 750 gms of solid waste every day. This kitchen waste is discarded along with regular house-hold waste and makes its way into landfills or reaches the sewers and is never recycled. Dailydump has shown that a small investment in a household composter can turn about 25 kilos of monthly kitchen waste into 3 kilos of nutrient rich compost, suitable in gardens. By using terracotta vessels for composting at home, one can make a significant contribution towards reducing landfill waste. In the process, the waste turns into compost which can be used as a source of nutrients for a kitchen garden. Practical waste management Dailydump not only provides composters but combines it with educating people about the environment. The …

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Fairtrade to Reduce Migrations from Himalayas

A DNA India report recently warned that mass migration from rural to urban India would put immense pressure on urban infrastructure, leading to riots, price wars and other bad stuff. However all is not lost. Social ventures such as Himjoli are attempting to prevent that from happening. ‘Friends in the Land of Ice’ Himjoli was founded in 2009. They are a profitable social enterprise working with rural producers from the Kumaon region in the Indian Himalayas. Their mission: To create profitable, sustainable jobs in villages and reduce migration to cities. The rural communities of Kumaon traditionally produced enough for local consumption. Excess produce was sold in the local markets, where margins are small. Alternate sources of income have been tourism, usually providing seasonal earnings. Rising prices for essential commodities led to large scale migrations from villages in to cities such as Delhi and Mumbai, in the hope of finding work to make better wages and to support the families back home. The exodus naturally results in reduced development of local populations, and no improvement in …