Sustainable Living

Environment

Five long term actions for controlling air pollution in Delhi

By Somali K Chakrabarti     China will trap its smog and turn them into diamonds.  – World Economic Forum    As bizarre as it sounds, this video posted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on their Facebook page claims that China will tackle Beijing’s air pollution problem by turning the carbon from smog particles into a diamonds. If at all such a technology is practically and economically feasible then maybe it is time for our Delhi government to explore the possibility of use of such a Technology, the pollution levels in Delhi being at its highest and one of the worst in the world. While the schools remain shut for three days, all constructions and demolitions have been banned for five days, as usual the center and the state government are busy leveling charges against each other as to who is to be blamed for the smog that shrouds Delhi. Whereas Delhi govt sites crop burning in Punjab as the major reason for pollution, the central govt says that 80% of the pollution is caused inside the city.

Innovation

Camel Bus – Social Innovation for desert transportation

By Somali K Chakrabarti   “Innovation opens up new vistas of knowledge and new dimensions to our imagination to make everyday life more meaningful and richer in depth and content.” ~ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam While most people know about camel rides in the deserts of Rajasthan, not many would have heard about a bus that it is driven by a camel. The idea of the camel driven bus was conceived by a school teacher late Radhey Shyam Mishra , as a means of safely transporting students to and from school through the desert.  His friend, Mewaram Jangid, who was a skilled carpenter developed the bus in 1972, which provided an affordable solution for mass transportation in rural desert areas. Seven such buses are still used to transport over 400 students to Bhanwarlal Kala Bal Mandir School in Churu, Rajasthan. According to the school principal, the school has developed a distinct identity because of the Camel bus and other schools in the area have also followed suit. Buses currently used by the school are still based on the same design. The Camel Bus is a simple, affordable, and efficient local solution social innovation developed by creative individuals for solving a local problem. The…

Environment

Impact of Uttarakhand Forest Fire

By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source   A few weeks back I had written a poem on Forest Fire.  Here is a following  write up by Reshma Gandhi, elaborating upon the impact of the Forest Fire and the related environmental concerns. A fierce forest fire blazed across the state of Uttarakhand in May. Ruthless and punishing it created havoc and disaster. Several viewpoints emerge to get us thinking. Was it the aridity of the forest that prompted it? Did the combustible chir pine trees attract it? Political greed too seems to be the motive behind this relentless destruction. What triggered the Uttarakhand fire is yet unanswered.

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Forest Fire

By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source A raging forest fire Since the past few months Burns the green cover In the state of Uttarakhand The worst of its kinds In the recent times Natural or motivated? Several theories transpire – Combustible chir pine trees or The greed of mafia and lobbies- What stoked the fire Remains yet unknown Meanwhile the disaster spreads Agony unfolds   © Somali K Chakrabarti  

Social Initiatives

Gail-Indian Speed Star: An initiative to promote athletics

By Somali K Chakrabarti   “You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita.“ This is one of the most popular quotes of Swami Vivekananda. A healthy mind resides in healthy body and football or for that matter athletics are good sports to keep oneself fit. Yet, athletics has received very little support and attention in India, both in terms of budget, and media coverage, which in turn has resulted in the lack of quality training and career prospects for the athletes. Hence, it is not very surprising that the number of world class athletes from India has by far been very few as compared to other countries.   A few facts indicative of the state of Indian athletics: India had first participated at the Olympic Games in 1900, with a lone athlete Norman Pritchard winning two silver medals in athletics. But, it was not before 1920 that India started sending its national team to compete at the Olympics. Since then, the total number of medals won by India athletes in Olympics till date remains 26, a abysmally low number for a country with 1.3 billion population. With a history in athletics  dating back to the Vedic period, the situation certainly deserves to…

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