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Flying from #SanFrancisco to #NewYorkCity in a #solar plane

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.  They built the world’s first successful airplane making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.  More than a hundred years later we have the new-age Wright brothers – Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg who built Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane that flew across the United States.  This will help promote clean technologies that will help mitigate the effects of global warming and widespread pollution problems that the world is facing.  Read on….

 

http://www.treehugger.com/solar-technology/1st-solar-plane-fly-around-world-unveiled-today-switzerland-exclusive-videos.html

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Some #green tips to follow in our daily lives

  • Only print if it is absolutely necessary. 
  • If you do print, use both sides of the paper. 
  • Get your office to turn the air-conditioning up by 1 degree this month. 
  • Next month ask them to increase it by another degree. Each degree rise in AC temperature can save up to 10% of a building’s energy bill and consumption. 
  • Call for an official energy audit to be done on your office building. 
  • If you are going to use a car, buy a small car which is practical to get around and has higher fuel efficiency. 
  • Check the tyre pressure the first of every month to ensure it is still sound to save on petrol needs. 
  • Think about living as close to your work as possible, this reduces your commute and drastically helps reduce your travel emissions. 
  • Shame others on the public transport that litter or spit by asking them to respect the facilities so they are more pleasant for everyone to use. 
  • Skip unnecessary business trips and do telephone conferencing instead. 
  • Plan ahead and combine all your errands into one trip to save on emissions. 
  • Carry your own coffee mugs to office. Avoid using disposable cups.
  • Develop an awareness chart in your office or home where everyone can see a list of ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. 
  • If you see anyone littering or wasting water or food, sit them down and explain to them how this adversely affects our climate. 
  • Carpool to office with friends and colleagues who live around you. 
  • When purchasing a home, ask the developer what energy saving principles they have implemented 
  • Always buy ice cream in a cone so as not to add to the garbage created from the spoon and cup. 
  • Create the habit of taking only what you need in every situation. 
  • Try and buy foods and goods that were produced locally. 
  • Stick to a vegetarian diet. The consumption of livestock leads up to 18% of the world’s greenhouse gases. 
  • If going veg is to hard of a move than make sure you at least avoid beef at all costs as this is the biggest contributor to green house gases. 
  • If you must eat meat or fish, buy it from local sources and flavor it with local ingredients. 
  • Take nature trips to natural parks nearby, but remember to leave no traces and respect the environment.
  • Never release balloons outside, and avoid using them for outdoor events. 
  • Create innovative décor and cards from recycled materials for weddings and special occasions instead of high-energy consuming materials. 
  • Ask for birthday presents to be eco-friendly and wrapped in old newspaper. 
  • Use LED lighting with light paper decoration around your house instead of bright burning lights. 
  • For the next festival you celebrate, avoid adding emissions to the air with firecrackers. 
  • Wash dishes in a tub instead of under a running tap. 
  • Keep your water heater on for 5-7 minutes only (and only when you really need warm water) as heating water takes a significant amount of energy. 
  • Take short showers! 
  • Continue to take a bucket shower if it is your habit. 
  • Study your water bill and set goals to reduce your water consumption by 5% more every month for the next 6 months. See how low you can go. 
  • If there is a garden near your building, ask that the groundkeeper only water during the early morning or evening to avoid extra water needed to compensate evaporation. 
  • Leave grass clippings on top of a garden to act as a natural fertilizer. 
  • Fix a water leak as soon as you see one. 
  • Steam rather than boil vegetables to save 25% of water needed. 
  • On cool evenings leave your windows open instead of switching on the AC. 
  • Turn off lights and fans when you leave a room. 
  • Completely shut down your TV and computer from the power point when you are not using it. 
  • Read through your energy bill and find out the amount of electricity you are consuming. Then make a goal to reduce your consumption by 5% next month, 5% the following month, and see how much lower you can go. 
  • The money you save on your energy bill, use it to donate for green initiatives, or investing in a more energy efficient appliance at home. 
  • When painting your home, use natural paints and stick to lighter colors so that they compliment natural light coming in. 
  • Implement solar thermal heating in your building and you will actually start saving money very quickly. 
  • Ask your building society to change the building and hall lights to LEDs and CFLs. 
  • CFLs will save up to 66% in energy consumption. LEDs require even less energy! 
  • Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. 
  • Look into rainwater harvesting for your buildings water resource needs. 
  • Invest in renewable energy consumption, their market is growing at a time when many markets are unstable, and you are also helping to develop their scale and efficiency. 
  • Promote renewables such as solar, wind, and hydro as solutions to our climate problem. 
  • Do not ask for a plastic bag from a shopkeeper if the items are few enough to carry by hand. 
  • Do not accept free promotional materials that are being handed out with lots of packaging. 
  • If you have a choice, look for items sold in glass jars or easily reusable materials rather than plastic.
  • Eat more raw vegetables which are healthier for you as well as saves on cooking energy. 
  • Replace chemical cleaners with good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar and go for biodegradable dishwashing soap. 
  • Pack lunches in reusable lunch bags and washable containers instead of plastic wrap and bags. 
  • The plastic bags you already have at home should be washed and reused. 
  • Always carry a cloth bag with you to bring home any purchases. 
  • Reuse the water used to wash veggies and fruits for watering your plants. 
  • Keep and reuse all your rubber bands, paper clips, boxes and packaging material. 
  • Garments such as socks and undergarments do not need to be ironed, so save the energy. 
  • Check to make sure your refrigerator door seals when closes so that you don’t consume extra energy to keep things cool. 
  • Heat the water in a kettle not in open pot. 
  • Use smaller pots for cooking small portions. 
  • If you need two cups water for tea fill your kettle with only two cups. A lot of energy will be wasted heating up a full kettle full of water. 
  • Instead of boiling water for drinking, buy a filter on the market that uses little or no energy to purify your water. 
  • Soak lentils and rice for several hours before cooking to reduce the time and gas needed to cook it. 
  • Regularly cleaning the condenser coils found in the back or bottom of the refrigerator will maximize its efficiency. 
  • Keep the refrigerator away from heating appliances (ovens), windows and heating ducts. 
  • Allow hot food to cool off before putting it in the refrigerator. 
  • Do not put uncovered liquids in the refrigerator. The liquids give off vapours that add to the compressor workload. 
  • Outdoor lightblulbs can change to LEDs, which require even less energy than CFLs. 
  • When ordering food in, ask in advance for them not to include the napkins and plastic utensils. 
  • Keep plants in your home to help moderate the temperature, air quality, and keep you naturally feeling cool. 
  • Next time you want to buy something you don’t need, wait thirty days and then make the decision to avoid impulse buys. 
  • Eat unprocessed and unpackaged food whenever possible. 
  • Plant a tree that is indigenous to the area where you plant it. 
  • Replace paper napkins in your home with cloth napkins. 
  • If you use toilet paper, stick to the bleach free ones that are made from recycled sources. 
  • Pass old clothes, books, shoes, electronics, and other household items to schools, orphanages and shelters in need. 
  • Send extra hangers to your local dry cleaners. 
  • Donate old eyeglasses to a nearby optometrist clinic. 
  • When dealing with hazardous waste (chemicals, paints, batteries), make sure you find out the proper place to dispose of them instead of adding them to the regular trash. 
  • If your clothes are clean, do not get them washed after wearing them just once. 
  • Dress warmly when it is cold instead of using a heating device. 
  • At the next family gathering, ask for ten minutes to give a presentation about global warming and what needs to be done to mitigate it. Use the statistics and tips you have learned in this diary to give them ways to get involved.
  • Research information about climate change and keep reading the newspapers for latest studies and facts. 
  • Ask your favorite magazine and newspaper to offer more coverage of the green space. 
  • Call your local TV station and ask them to start covering stories related to climate change and the environment. 
  • Discover new parts of your region rather than take holidays far from home. 
  • Organize a screening of The Inconvenient Truth movie with your friends. 
  • Support environmental organizations with your actions and funding. 
  • Check the internet for a Carbon Calculator website so you are conscious of your carbon footprint. 
  • Keep the window shades open to allow natural light so you can turn off some of the lights. 
  • Walk wherever possible, and find stores near your home to get the things you need. 
  • When choosing an item, think about the amount of energy used to make it before making the purchasing decision. 
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The #living #JohnnieWalker from #India

http://www.evolveback.org/2014/02/walking-talk/

Salute to the living Johnnie Walker of India….do check out this inspirational video

Seven metre #bamboo bridge by #Greenearth Culture

A bamboo bridge by Greenearth Culture, crossing a 7 mtr long span above the swimming pool. It is located at a resort in North Goa (India) named Delta Residency.

The decision to assign the installation of the bamboo bridge against an easily available bridge made of conventional concrete and steel paid rich dividends to the resort when it was realized that it has become the focal point of the Resort’s centrally located swimming pool above which it is located.

A USP by default, the bamboo bridge installed by Greenearth Culture was tested to its full load bearing capacity when a group of 24 people stood on it together to have a family photograph during a wedding reception at the resort.

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Nature’s beauty……India’s map in the waterway of River Narmada near Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

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Peaceful co-existence with nature – an excellent example

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More power to the wind!!

More power to the wind!!

Kudos to them!! Denmark today generates 33% if its energy through wind power and hopes to up that to 50% by 2020 and 100% by 2050!!  Click on the title to read the article

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