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Ekocalendar is an awareness tool/ CSR gift developed by Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation. In its third year since inception, Ekocalendar assigns an Environmental theme to each month highlighting significant days with supporting visuals and inspiring quotes.

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  1. 1. Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed. - Mahatma Gandhi Flamingos at Sewri, Mumbai - February 2013 ekocalendar2014 themes include: Renewable Energy, Green Consumerism, Water Conservation, Health, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Urbanization, Sustainable Transport, Air Pollution, Food Security, Noise Pollution and Green Office. We rely on a healthy biosphere for our very existence, yet we rarely give importance to its protection in our daily lives. We need to be prompted into environmentally-sensitive and socially-responsible behaviour. Every day useful information and tips related to each theme are provided as well as suggestions on what can be done at individual, community and organizational levels. We need to learn how to live lean. We must consume less, generate minimal waste and conserve our precious natural resources. To be able to do so, we require a reminder of our responsibility and commitment to environmental protection, everyday. Please follow the suggestions made in the Ekocalendar. By doing so, not only would we improve our environmental performance but also make a conscious and valuable effort in making our world a better place to live in…. Ekocalendar 2014 has been developed with an aim to increase awareness as well as guide us towards action. Prasad Modak Director Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation Every month of this calendar represents a particular theme, addressing global as well as local environmental concerns, linked to our everyday life. The twelve knowledge foundation
  2. 2. ekocalendar2014 January February Renewable Energy May March Green Consumerism June September Air Pollution Water Conservation July Climate Change Biodiversity April August Urbanization November October Food Security Health Noise Pollution Sustainable Transport December Green Office Printed on FSC certified paper using Soy-based Inks knowledge foundation Wa Co
  3. 3. Theme of the Month Renewable Energy Break-up of installed power generation capacity in India Did you know? Renewable energy is generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat; all of which are renewable or naturally replenished. Power generation through coal contributes to nearly 70% of green house gases (GHG) produced in India. India’s carbon footprint is approximately 1.275 billion tons annually, making it the 4th largest in producing GHGs worldwide. Renewable sources in India contribute up to 12% of the total power installed within the country. Source: CEA, Ernst & Young analysis; as on 31 March 2013 Note: Hydro power is also a form of renewable energy, but it is accounted for separately. Small hydro power (projects <=25MW) is classified under renewable energy. What you can do • Use natural daylight as much as possible. • Use ‘focus’ lighting such as table lamps instead of lighting up the entire space. • Install solar water heaters in place of electrical geysers. • Install small wind turbines, which range in size from 400 Watts to 20 Kilowatts on your roof to power lighting needs. January ekocalendar2014 knowledge foundation
  4. 4. January Mon Tue ekocalendar2014 Wed knowledge foundation Thu Fri Sat Sun 01 02 03 04 05 14-31Jan Animal Welfare Fortnight 15-31Jan Oil & Gas Conservation Fortnight New Year’s Day 30Jan National Cleanliness Day 06 07 08 09 12 10 11 14Jan Green Eid-e-Milad Eid-E-Milad 13 14 15 16 17 ?Green your Eid celebrations by sending eco-friendly greeting cards made of recycled paper to friends and relatives 19 18 ?Prepare sweets using organic ingredients and avoid artificial colors Republic Day 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 26Jan 27 28 29 Green Republic Day 30 31 February 2014 December 2013 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 4 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 S M T W T F S Use recycled fabric, eco-friendly jute, organic cotton etc to make Indian flags to celebrate ‘Republic Day’ in a greener way. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 29 30 31 23 24 25 26 27 28 “We need to push ourselves to make as many reductions as possible in our own energy use first.. and that takes time. But we must do this quickly.. the climate will not wait for us.” – Rupert Murdoch, Media Mogul of News Corporation Media Empire Theme of the Month Renewable Energy Bio
  5. 5. Theme of the Month Green Consumerism Did you know? • In the past 100 years, world consumption has grown at a rate unprecedented in human history.. • 20% of the world’s people living in rich countries account for 86% of total global consumer spending. • Green consumerism refers to purchasing and using eco-friendly products that do not contribute to or minimize damage to the environment. • This involves making informed choices during purchase such as selecting Energy Star appliances known to consume less power and using hybrid cars that emit less carbon dioxide, using solar and wind power to generate electricity and buying locally-grown vegetables and fruits. The Greendex is a comprehensive measure of consumer behavior in 65 areas relating to housing, transportation, food and consumer goods Source: http://environment.nationalgeographic.co.in/enviro nment/greendex/2010-survey/ What you can do • Learn more about eco-friendly product options. • Choose green products that are less harmful to nature. • Avoid using plastic bags and carry cloth/reusable bags while shopping or running errands. • Avoid purchasing disposables and materials that come with excessive packaging. February ekocalendar2014 knowledge foundation
  6. 6. February Mon Tue ekocalendar2014 Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 02Feb 01 03 04 05 06 07 08 24Feb 09 National Bee Day 28Feb 02 World Wetlands Day National Science Day Vasant Panchami 11 10 17 18 12 19 13 20 14 21 16 15 22 02Feb 23 World Wetlands Day Maha Shivratri 24 25 26 27 28 March 2014 January 2014 S 6 T W T F S 1 5 M 3 S M T W T F S 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 4 7 8 2 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 1 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 26 27 28 29 30 31 30 31 WETLANDS TAKE CARE OF WATER Theme of the Month “Happiness consists, not in possessing much, but in being content with what we possess. He who wants little always has enough” – Zimmermann, Swiss philosophical writer, naturalist and physician Green Consumerism
  7. 7. Theme of the Month WaterConservation Did you know? What you can do • Although access to drinking water has improved, according to World Bank estimates, 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. • Water is life. It is a precious natural resource which needs to be used conservatively. • Showers waste more water than bucket baths. Use a bucket while bathing and close the tap while brushing and washing. • In restaurants, ask for only as much water as you need as water remaining in glasses is thrown away. • Remember that the world over people have to walk miles for water. Do not abuse the right to water. • India with 16% of the world's population has only 4% of the fresh water resources. • In India alone, water-borne diseases cost the economy 73 million working days per year. • The average dishwasher uses over 100 litres per cycle. • It takes up to 5000 litres of water to produce 1kg of rice. (TRW) March (PRWR) ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  8. 8. March Mon Tue ekocalendar2014 Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 02Mar World Sparrow Day 21Mar World Forestry Day 22Mar World Water Day 23Mar World Meteorological Day 31Mar Earth Hour Hindu New Year 01 02 31 03 04 05 06 09 07 08 Vasant Panchami 11 12 10 13 14 16 17Mar 15 Green Holi Green Holi 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 February 2014 S M T W T F 3 4 5 6 7 holi with flower petals: this is biodegradable, saves water and prevents illness from use of hazardous colors. lMake your own homemade colors using beetroot that is soaked in water for making deep pink colour. Similarly yellow colour can be made from turmeric and chick pea flour etc. lOpt for community Holi fires rather than several smaller bonfires across the city as a way to reduce wood consumption. lDry holi will support in water conservation! April 2014 S S M 1 2 lPlay 8 T W T 6 7 3 F S 4 5 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 23 24 25 26 27 28 27 28 29 30 Theme of the Month “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one” - Jacques Cousteau, French Explorer Water Conservation W C
  9. 9. Health Did you know? ? In India, public spending on health — 0.94% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2004-05 — is among the lowest in the world. ? The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer recently declared air pollution as a major cause of cancer. ? Today, worldwide, there is an apparent increase in many infectious diseases, including some newly-spreading ones (HIV/AIDS, Hantavirus, Hepatitis C, SARS, etc.). This reflects the combined impacts of rapiddemographic, environmental, social, technological and other changes in our ways of living. ? As more than 122 million households have no toilets, and 33% lack access to latrines, over 50% of the population (638 million) defecate in the open.(2008 estimate). Open air defecation leads to the spread of disease and malnutrition through parasitic and bacterial infections. What you can do • Health is everything. Follow regular monitoring of health as a preventive practice. • In offices and work space areas, focus on improving Indoor Air Quality and follow Ergonomic practices. • Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, keep surroundings outside your home and office clean and help others improve and protect our environment. Source: http://www.aarogya.com/news-and-updates/year-2011/7269-chronically-ailing-nation.html April ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  10. 10. April ekocalendar2014 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 07Apr 01 02 03 04 05 18Apr National Heritage Day 22Apr 06 World Health Day Earth Day Ram Navami Mahavir jayanti 07 08 09 10 13 11 12 Good Friday Vasant Panchami 15 14 16 17 18 22Apr 20 19 Earth Day 21 22 28 29 23 24 25 The Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of United States. It was first nd celebrated on 22 April 1970 when 20 Celebrate by purchasing eco-friendly idols million Americans came forward to with lead-free paints consolidate actions for protecting nature. 30 March 2014 S M T W T F 27 19Sep Green Ganpati 26 May 2014 S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 4 5 It is one of the largest internationally celebrated environmental events as it provides an opportunity to feel what an amazing planet we belong to. 6 7 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 30 31 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 “Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it” – Heather Morgan, Nutrition Coach Theme of the Month Health Hea
  11. 11. Biodiversity Theme of the Month Biodiversity Did you know? • 5.02% of the total area of India is protected as National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and Conservation Reserves • India is just 2% of the world land mass but 8% of the world’s biodiversity is found here. It is one of the 18 mega-diverse nations of the world with 16 diverse types of forests. • The two biodiversity hotspots present in India are the Western Ghats and the East Himalayan region. • Only 1% of India’s vast coastline is protected. The rest is vanishing due to unplanned development work, fishery and projects like power plants and ports. • India is a signatory to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and was host to the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Convention at Hyderabad in 2012 • IUCN's Red list of threatened species released in 2012 has named 132 species as Critically Endangered from India What you can do Just 17 of the world’s 190 or so countries contain 70% of its biodiversity, earning them the title “megadiverse.” India is one, with just 2.4% of the land area of the earth, it is home to 7-8% of the species of the world, including about 91,000 species of animals and 45,500 species of plants. Of the species that India is home to, 12.6% of mammals, 4.5% of birds, 45.8% of reptiles, 55.8% of amphibians and 33% of Indian plants are endemic i.e. they are found nowhere else in the world. Source: http://indiabiodiversity.org/biodiversity_in_india • Do not keep wild species as pets - it is a punishable offence! • Do not purchase items made of wild animal parts e.g. objects made of ivory, rhino horn, fur, shells, crocodile skin, feathers etc. • Report the illegal feeling of the trees. • Install bird feeders, bird baths, nest boxes, plant flowering and fruiting trees to attract and nurture birds and insects. May ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  12. 12. May ekocalendar2014 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 01May Labour Day Labour Day 01 02 03 04 05 06 11-12May World Migratory Bird Day 22May International Day for Biological Diversity 07 08 09 10 13 11 12 Buddha Purnima 15 14 21 22 28 29 16 23 30 17 24 18 25 M T W T 26 31May World No Tobacco Day 01May 27 Labour Day A day dedicated for paying tribute to workers across the globe, the Labour Day is an internationally recognized event. 31 June 2014 F S S M 4 T W T 7 3 4 5 F S 6 7 1 6 3 20 19 April 2014 S 23May World Turtle Day Vasant Panchami 2 5 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 27 28 29 30 29 30 “If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us”. - David Suzuki, Academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist. Care should be taken to ensure that our workers are provided with healthy and safe working conditions, rights to voice their opinion and enhanced learning opportunities. Proper wages and equitable sharing of benefits can motivate workers to perform better. Theme of the Month Biodiversity
  13. 13. Theme of the Month ClimateChange India: Sectoral Contribution to CO2 Did you know? • The global climate is changing as a result of an increase in green house gas emissions (GHG) since the industrial revolution. • Today climate change is a grave threat which is caused by emission of GHGs from our homes, work place, factories, transportation and energy generation. • Impacts of climate change (IPCC 2004 report) include a decrease in snow cover in the Himalayas, erratic monsoons, rising sea levels and an increase in the frequency . and intensity of floods Industrial production : 21% Electricity generation: 57% Transportation: 9% Other sectors: 4% • India is predicted to have increased susceptibility to vector-borne diseases such as malaria – projected to move to higher latitudes and altitudes. What you can do • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane (CH4) are the main greenhouse gases (GHGs) contributing to global warming. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 290 ppm (parts per million) in 1900 to nearly 400 ppm today. As per the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the projected temperature increase worldwide at the end of the 21st Century will range from 0.6 to 4 °C, relative to the end of the 20th Century. The corresponding sea level rise at the end of the 21st Century relative to the end of the 20th Century will range from 0.18 to 0.59 m. • Climate change may be a global problem but there are local solutions that include making low-carbon lifestyle choices: eat local food, use public transport, use energy saving equipment, practice waste recycling and so on. • Calculate your personal carbon footprint, learn where and how you can reduce your footprint by changing your lifestyles. • Understand that low carbon choices also save you money in the longer run. June Residential: 9% Source: CC Mitigation & Adaptation An Indian Perspective by Prof. S Kumar, Dean, Asian Institute of Technology Calculate your personal carbon footprint at http://ekonnect.net/index.php/know-co2 Average carbon footprint of an Indian is 1.4 tons/year. ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  14. 14. June ekocalendar2014 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 05Jun 08Jun 02 03 04 05 Global Wind Day 17Jun 08 06 07 World Oceans Day 15Jun 01 30 World Environment Day World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought Vasant Panchami 10 09 11 12 13 15 14 05June World Environment Day 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 24 July 2014 May 2014 S 5 T W T F S 1 4 M 2 9 10 M 3 8 S 6 7 T W T 6 7 3 F S 4 5 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Commemorated every year on June 5, World Environment Day is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action. The celebrations carried out throughout the globe on this day is aimed at giving a human face to environmental issues and empowering people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development. The day is meant to advocate partnerships amongst nations to enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. 27 28 29 30 31 Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority. - Bill Gates Theme of the Month Climate Change
  15. 15. Theme of the Month Urbanization Did you know? • According to 2011 census,31.16 percent of the Indian population resides in urban areas. • Urban housing is short by 18.78 million. • The water and sanitation conditions of India's urban areas is poor; only 70 percent of households have water supply connections. • About 0.1 million tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated in India every day and only 5 percent of it is composted. • Vehicular transportation, industrial activities, audio systems and fire crackers cause most of the noise pollution in the cities. Source: http://udconnect.net/2050-urbanization/” What you can do • Promote ‘green’ building which are designed and built using eco-friendly and energy efficient practices. • Follow 3R policy for waste management. Compost your household waste. • Do not honk unnecessarily on road, maintain discipline and drive cautiously. • Take part in elections so as to elect governing bodies and authorities who will work for the betterment of cities http://www.equitymaster.com/5minWrapUp/charts/index.asp? date=10/10/2012 & story=1&title=Indias-urbanization-set-to-gather-pace July ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  16. 16. July ekocalendar2014 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 11Jul World Population Day 01 02 03 04 06 05 28Jul World Nature Conservation Day 29Jul Global Tiger Day 07 08 09 10 13 11 12 29Jul Vasant Panchami 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 30 31 14 Global Tiger Day Id-UL-Fitr 28 29 August 2014 June 2014 T W T F S S 6 7 31 3 S M 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 3 4 5 M 5 6 7 F S 1 4 T W T 2 8 9 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 29 30 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 “Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them” —Bill Vaughn, Columnist and Author Theme of the Month Urbanization
  17. 17. Theme of the Month SustainableTransport Did you know? • India is making strides towards sustainable transport. The 2006 National Urban Transport Policy (NUTP) promoted “moving people, not vehicles,” and recognized the need for changes in investments in urban transport. • In 2009, Ahmedabad launched Janmarg, India's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, which has an average daily ridership of 132,033 passengers. This system is a success story to encourage other cities. The concept of BRT is gaining acceptance as a means to scale up mass transit in Indian cities. • While a significant portion of transportation funding is still set aside for the development of urban roads, central policies like the NUTP—coupled with success stories from cities like Ahmedabad—lend credibility to the idea that investments in sustainable urban transport should be the way forward for Indian cities. Green Transportation Heirarchy of Preference What you can do • For longer distances, try to use public transport such as buses or trains which carry more passengers and thus have less GHG emissions per passenger for the same distance as compared to private vehicles. • If using a car is unavoidable, start carpooling with co-workers, family, or friends. • Follow good driving practices such as maintaining a steady speed, switching off ignition at traffic signals, inflating tires on a timely basis and carrying out regular maintenance. • Retrofit the cars with Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) kit, as these fuels have lower GHG emissions. http://www.theurbanvision.com/blogs/?p=972 August ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  18. 18. August Mon Tue ekocalendar2014 Wed Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 12Aug International Youth Day 01 03 02 21-27Aug World Water Day 04 05 06 07 10 08 09 Independence Day 12 11 13 14 15 29Aug Green Ganp Celebrate this festival by purchasing eco-friendly idols made out of mud with lead-free paints 17 16 29A Green Ganpati Vasant Panchami Celebrat festival b purchasi eco-frien idols with lead-free Janmashtami 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 30 31 Ganesh Chaturthi 26 25 27 28 29 July 2014 S M T W T S 4 5 1 6 7 3 September 2014 F 2 8 9 10 11 12 S M T W T 7 3 4 F S 5 6 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 27 28 29 30 31 28 29 30 “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it’s where the rich use public transportation” Mr Enrique Penalosa, Mayor of Bogota, Columbia Theme of the Month Sustainable Transport
  19. 19. Theme of the Month AirPollution Did you know? • In India, air pollution is believed to cause 527,700 fatalities a year. • The per capita emission levels in India's seven largest cities is at least three times that of the WHO standards. • Emissions from vehicles produce around 70% of the air pollution. • Under standard Indian driving conditions, a petrol-vehicle is expected to emit over 800 grams of carbon dioxide per day, just while idling. • Traffic areas around schools - where vehicles are often left idling - show significantly higher pollution levels outside (and inside) their buildings. Source: National Ambient Air Quality Status & Trends in India-2010, CPCB What you can do • Regularly maintain your vehicle, ensure you have a Pollution UnderCheck (PUC) certificateand limit engine idling. • Surround your living space with plants that improve quality of indoor air. • Encourage your family and friends to use public modes of transport, walk when possible and even use cycles. • Use low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints in living and working spaces. September ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  20. 20. September Mon Tue Wed ekocalendar2014 Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 16Sep 02 08 09 03 10 04 11 05 18Sep Zero Emissions Day 22Sep World Car Free Day 28Sep 07 06 World Water Monitoring Day 21Sep 01 International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer Green Consumers Day 14 12 13 Vasant Panchami 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 August 2014 S 31 3 M 5 6 7 World Car Free Day October 2014 F S 1 4 T W T 22Sep 2 8 9 S 6 T W T F S 1 5 M 2 3 4 8 9 10 11 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 26 27 28 29 30 31 “There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all.” - Robert Orben, Professional comedy and speech writer Theme of the Month Air Pollution
  21. 21. Theme of the Month Food Security Did you know • India attained national food self-sufficiency 35 years ago yet about 35% of its population remains food insecure. • The United Nations children’s fund report that one out of every two children in India in malnourished • The Indian National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act), was signed into law September 12, 2013. It aims to provide subsidized food grains to approx. two thirds of India's 1.2 billion people. • The food grain stocks available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI) stand at 62 million tonnes against an annual requirement of around 20 million tonnes for ensuring food security. Still, an estimated 200 million people are underfed and 50 million on the brink of starvation, resulting in starvation deaths. What you can do • When you order food at a restaurant ensure you do no over order and take a parcel in case there are leftovers. http://www.kenfolios.com/infographics/india-cant-feed-people-info-graphic/4702/ • Store fruits, vegetables and grains in appropriate ways so as to avoid spoilage and wastage of good food. • Learn about use by and expiry dates: ensure that you use up the food well in time. http://www.developmentoutlook.org/2013/07/is-food-security-bill-answer-to-indias.html October ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  22. 22. October Mon Tue ekocalendar2014 Wed Fri Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 01 Thu Dushera 02 03 knowledge foundation Sat Sun 1-7Oct World Wildlife Week 05 04 World Animal Welfare Day 06Oct World Habitat Day 08Oct Bakri Id 04Oct International Day For Natural Disasters Reduction 16Oct World Food Day World Habitat Day 06 07 08 09 12 10 11 Vasant Panchami 14 13 15 16 17 18 19 25 26 Diwali 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30 31 M T W T 4 Ÿ No fireworks in silence zones November 2014 F S S 5 6 30 2 1 7 3 Green Diwali Ÿ Use less fireworks September 2014 S 23Oct 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 M T W T F S 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 28 29 30 Ÿ Make rangoli with organic colors Ÿ Use LED lights for decorating your home 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 “The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future.” – José Graziano da Silva, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Ÿ Avoid buying plastic lanterns Theme of the Month Food Security
  23. 23. Theme of the Month NoisePollution Did you know • Noise pollution like other pollutants is also a by- product of industrialization, urbanizations and modern civilization. It has two major sources, viz industrial and non- industrial. • Noise affects both health and behavior. It can cause annoyance and aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disturbances. • Noise pollution is a major problem in India during festivals. The Government of India has regulations against firecrackers and loudspeakers, but enforcement is extremely lax. What you can do ? Try to ensure that social activities such as festivals are not creating additional noise to cause a nuisance Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/ delhi-noise-pollution-trucks-crri/1/227587.html ? Avoid the use of loud speakers during festivals, maintain sound regulations and norms of the area, choose noiseless fire crackers orif possible, entirely avoid using them. ? Do not use the horn unnecessarily. ? Respect identified places such as 'silent zones' around the city. November ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  24. 24. November Mon Tue Wed ekocalendar2014 Thu Fri Sat knowledge foundation Sun 06Nov 02 01 Muharram Guru Nanak Jayanti 04 03 05 06 21Nov World Fisheries Day 07 08 09 21Nov Vasant Panchami 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 24 26 27 28 29 October 2014 S M 6 T W T F S 2 3 4 8 9 10 11 7 World Fisheries Day ?Make living rema seaso 30 ?Use L ?Make greet paper December 2014 1 5 International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict S M T W T 7 3 4 F S 5 6 1 2 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 26 27 28 29 30 31 28 29 30 31 Theme of the Month We won't have a society if we destroy the environment” – Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist Noise Pollution
  25. 25. Theme of the Month GreenOffice Did you know • • • • • Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and City Developments Limited (CDL) launched Eco-Office Project on 5th June 2002. The first phase involved the distribution of Eco-Office Kits to help companies raise awareness and cultivate environment-friendly habits within the workplace. The second phase set up online Eco-Office Rating System to enable offices to perform a self-audit based on simple metrics, such as corporate environmental policy and commitment, purchasing practice, waste minimisation measures, level of recycling, amongst other parameters. The Eco-Office Rating System also forms the basis on which offices that rate well enough can apply for an Eco-Office Label More than 100 offices ranging from the property, banking, construction, pharmaceutical and electronic sectors, among many others, have received the Eco-Office certification since the programme was launched. The SEC, which administers the Eco-Office certification, is targeting to add another 100 new offices to the tally; a 100 per cent increase from the current number. CDL and SEC hope to reach the target in contribution to Singapore's commitment of reducing carbon emissions by 7-11 percent from BAU (Business as Usual) levels. Let us follow the Singapore example Source: http://www.pgi.com/learn/12-ways-gogreen-your-office-social-business-infographic What you can do ? ? ? ? Try to ensure that social activities such as festivals are not creating additional noise to cause a nuisance Avoid the use of loud speakers during festivals, maintain sound regulations and norms of the area, choose noiseless fire crackers orif possible, entirely avoid using them. Do not use the horn unnecessarily. Respect identified places such as 'silent zones' around the city. December ekocalendar2013 knowledge foundation
  26. 26. December ekocalendar2014 Mon Tue Wed Thu 01 02 03 04 Bakri Id Fri knowledge foundation Sat Sun 05 06 07 National 02Dec Pollution Prevention Day 05Dec World Soil Day Muharram 08 09 10Dec World Human Rights Day 10 11 12 13 14 11Dec International Mountain Day Vasant Panchami 16 15 17 18 National 14Dec Energy Conservation Day 19 20 21 26 27 28 25Dec Green Christmas Christmas 22 23 24 29 30 31 25 ?Make a Christmas tree out of a living potted plant that will remain alive throughout the season November 2014 S 30 2 M T W T F January 2015 S 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 ?Make the Christmas star and greeting cards using recycled papers. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 ?Use LED Christmas lights 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Theme of the Month Green Office
  27. 27. February January EnvironmentalEvents2014 14-31Jan Celebrated to create awareness about humane treatment for animals and also prevention of unnecessary pain and suffering. 02Feb World Wetlands Day Marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called Ramsar Convention, in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Each year government agencies, non-governmental organizations and groups of citizens at all levels of the community undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general. 20Mar March Animal Welfare Fortnight World Sparrow Day Celebrated to earmark a day for the House Sparrow to convey the message of its conservation and of other common birds and also to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity. 23AMar World Meteorological Day April Annually held on or around March 23 to remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment in 1950. Many different activities and events are organized for this occasion. 07Apr 01May May World Health Day The World Health Organization (WHO) was constituted on this day in 1948. Various activities related to health awareness are carried out across the world to celebrate this day. Labor Day It is also known as the International Workers’ Day or May Day. May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day in Maharashtra and Gujarat Day in Gujarat. On this day, street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labor unions are organized throughout most of the world. 23May World Turtle Day The purpose is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. This is celebrated worldwide in various ways from saving turtles caught on highways to conducting research activities. Printed on FSC certified paper using soy-based inks knowledge foundation 15-31Jan Oil & Gas Conservation Fortnight Celebrated to generate awareness about the need to conserve petroleum products, which being a non renewable energy resource requires urgent conservation measures. The entire oil industry undertakes various kinds of awareness activities all over the country and awards are given for outstanding performances. 24Feb National Bee Day Celebrated to promote and raise awareness of the importance of bees especially the indigenous bee Apisceranaindica in its role in increasing agricultural productivity and improving livelihoods of marginal farmers in India. 21Mar World Forestry Day Celebrated around the world to commemorate the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community. 31Mar 30Jan National Cleanliness Day Celebrated to highlight the importance of clean and healthy environment. On this day, cleanliness campaigns are organized for creating awareness amongst the public. 28Feb National Science Day Celebrated all over India to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. The event is celebrated in schools, colleges, universities and other academic, scientific, technical, medical and research institutions. 22Mar World Water Day Formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. To know more about log on to http://www.worldwaterday.org/ Earth Hour st Earth Hour, 31 : Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. 18Apr World Heritage Day This special day offers an opportunity to raise the public's awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it, as well as draw attention to its vulnerability. 11-12May World Migratory Bird Day This is a global initiative devoted to celebrating the migratory birds and promoting their conservation worldwide. 31May World No Tobacco Day This day is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and its negative health impacts. 22Apr Earth Day In 1970, a group of people in the USA came together to draw the attention of the world to the problems caused to the earth due to modernization. Since then this day has been celebrated as Earth Day. 22May International Day for Biological Diversity This is a United Nations sanctioned international day for creating public awareness about biodiversity issues.
  28. 28. EnvironmentalEvents2014 June 05Jun World Environment Day The day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. WED is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an th international exposition in the week of 5 of June. In the year 2011, New Delhi in India was the host city with the theme “Forests: Nature at your Service”. 17Jun 08Jun knowledge foundation World Oceans Day On this day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all. To know more log on to http://worldoceansday.org 15Jun Global Wind Day It is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June meant for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought This day is a United Nations observance. Its purpose is to highlight ways to prevent desertification and recover from drought. August July 11Jul World Population Day Established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989 as a way to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. 12Aug International Youth Day This is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. It was first celebrated in 2000. The purpose is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding this demographic. International Day for September 16Sep Preservation of Ozone Layer Designated by the United Nations General Assembly in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer. 22Sep World Car Free Day This day is an annual celebration of cities and public life, free from the noise, stress and pollution of cars. Each year on September 22, people around the world organize events of all sizes to showcase alternatives to automobiles. Printed on FSC certified paper using soy-based inks 28Jul World Nature Conservation Day It is observed on 28th July all over the world with increasing awareness about the precious natural resources the Earth is bestowed with. 29Jul Global Tiger Day The Global Tiger Summit held in November 2010 in Russia recommended celebrating July 29 as Global Tiger Day. This day marks an opportunity to celebrate these beautiful cats in all their glory and highlight their need for protection. 21-27Aug World Water Week The World Water Week led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is a week-long global water conference held each year in August or September. It addresses a wide range of the world's water, development and sustainability issues and related concerns of international development. 18Sep World Water Monitoring Day It is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies. 28Sep Green Consumers Day The problems of consumerism and its impact on the environment is an area of major concern in today’s world. This day is celebrated with an aim to promote awareness about the impact of consumerism on the environment. 21Sep Zero Emissions Day This is an annual 24 hour global moratorium on the combustion of fossil fuels.
  29. 29. EnvironmentalEvents2014 October 01-7Oct World Wildlife Week Wildlife week is a celebration of wild heritage and puts the spotlight on all creatures. The aim is to educate people about wildlife, resources and ecology. 8Oct International Day For Natural Disasters Reduction November This day aims to encourage people and governments to participate in building more resilient communities and nations. International Day for Preventing 06Nov the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict This day aims to educate people about the damaging effects of war and armed conflict on the environment. National December 02Dec Pollution Prevention Day This day is observed to pay tribute to the memory of thousands of persons who have lost their lives in the Bhopal gas disaster which occurred in 1984 in India. 04Oct knowledge foundation World Animal Welfare Day This day was initiated as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. Since then it has grown to encompass all kinds of animal life and is widely celebrated in countries throughout the world. 16Oct World Habitat Day This day is to commemorate the fact that the earth is the habitat of not only human beings but also all other living creatures. World Food Day It marks the foundation day of Food and Agricultural organization of United Nations in 1945 whose aim is to work towards ensuring global food security. 21Nov World Fisheries Day This day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. 05Dec World Soil Day In 2002, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) made a resolution to propose this day as World Soil Day to honor his majesty the King of Thailand for his promotion of soil science and soil resources conservation. The day is used to advocate the use and need of soils for human survival and its sustainable management. 14Dec National Energy Conservation Day This day is celebrated to create awareness on conserving energy amongst various stakeholders in any process that is driven on energy i.e. Industries, Infrastructure, Corporates and all aspects of our lives. Conceived and Produced by : Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation knowledge foundation 6Oct 301/302, Godrej La Vista, Dr Madhukar B Raut Road, Shivaji Park, Dadar (W), Mumbai 400028 E: prasad.modak@ekonnect.net W: www.ekonnect.net 14Dec World Human Rights Day This day aims to protect people’s rights on natural and man-made resources.