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Help save the earth

lifestyle Updated: Jun 05, 2013 02:30 IST
Samdarsh Gupta
Samdarsh Gupta
Hindustan Times
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There’s no better day than today to take a step towards saving the earth, and believe us, it’s easy. World Environment Day, celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action, brings forth many a question about how the city uses its natural resources.

If you’re wondering where to start, a simple step would be to monitor your own social media activity, that you perhaps wrote off as eco-friendly anyway. Truth is, every click that we make or the information that we put up on social media is stored at data centres, whose servers require to be pumped with cool air to keep them operational. Many of the social media firms use coal to generate this electricity, and this emits harmful carbon dioxide. Read on for other ways to make a difference.

And we, at Hindustan Times, are trying to find the answers.

We’ve been collecting and getting paper recycled from across Lucknow, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. These waste papers were otherwise used in packing fruit, crockery and shoes, and then got so soiled that they could not be recycled. At present, Hindustan Times is saving more than 7,000 trees a month by recycling paper. Because when business meets the environment, everyone wins.

Join us in saving the environment
Give a missed call at 092271 92271 to support our campaign
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Other ways to do your bit
Put a bowl of water in the balcony for birds
Water your plants daily, if possible twice a day
Use soft drink bottles for planting saplings
A coffee mug given to an employee saves 500 plastic or paper cups in a year
Online shopping saves your energy and fuel energy
If you miss a class, don’t photocopy your friends’ notes; instead, get them from the many tutorial websites around
Use solar panels. Even while you are away on vacation, it is a good idea to install solar panels at home which pump the electricity generated this way back to the central grid while you are away holidaying. You are not only generating electricity but also making the most of the Delhi heat. Imagine the amount of solar energy that can be generated at 46 degrees!

World Environment Day celebrations around town
A list of eco-friendly activities such as a painting competition, a sapling planting drive, poster making, photography and more is taking place at Taj Palace, SP Marg, 7am onwards. Everyone’s invited!
The art show at Galerie Romain Rolland , Indo-French Cultural Centre ,72 Lodhi Estate, has interesting exhibits based on Environment Day.