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LIFT KARA DE - An initiative to carpooling

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Residents across the city take up initiatives and contribute their bit for a greener world A community car-sharing scheme initiated by residents of Whispering Palms, a township in Kandivli's Lokhandwala, has not only helped in reduction of 1.91 lakh kg of carbon dioxide emissions since 2015 but has also cut down 118 cars from the city's roads and saved fuel worth Rs 33.71 lakh. The figures were calculated on the cumulative data of 256 users, based on their travel details like kilometers travelled and the number of trips taken in a week among other details. 'Lift Kara De' was started as a WhatsApp-based carpooling system in 2015 to teach a lesson to auto drivers who refused to ply and to reduce pollution as well as congestion. It has now graduated to a smartphone app and currently has over 500 members. The scheme works on the simple concept of those willing to offer a lift by stating the destination and seats available. Since it is a voluntary scheme there is no money transaction involved.

The township members approached Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation (EKF) (a nonprofit section 8 company set up with an aim to impart education and increase understanding of challenges and solutions in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development) in getting 'Lift Kara De' rolling and calculating the carbon emissions. The figures were released on the eve of World Environment Day as it would help people understand that by making a small change we have helped the environment. Dr Prasad Modak, Director of EKF said, "Imagine the reduction in road congestion as well as carbon emissions if every township begins carpooling."

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LIFT KARA DE - An initiative to carpooling

  1. 1. “LIFT KARA DE!” An initiative to carpooling by Whispering Palms Society
  2. 2. CARBON DIOXIDE Causes REDUCE NUMBER OF CARS LESS CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT DID YOU KNOW? 20%of CO2 will stick around for 800 years!!!!! GLOBAL WARMING!! CARPOOLING….AND…. Our children and grandchildren will inherit the environment we leave them
  3. 3. The journey………
  4. 4. YOU SAVED CO2!! YOU SAVED FUEL!! 1,91,000 1,11,000 57,000 45,000 26,000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 56,000 32,000 17,000 13,000 8,000 9,177 Trees equivalent carbon dioxide reduced 1 Railcar worth of coal burned 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Carbon dioxide emissions in kilogram Fuel saved in Liters
  5. 5. LESS CONGESTION – YOU DID IT! YOU SAVED MONEY!! 118 40 11 8 3 33,00,000 19,00,000 10,00,000 8,00,000 5,00,000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 95,00,000 Kilometers of traffic avoided 60.6 Tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled Number of cars Money saved in Rupees
  6. 6. Without Carpooling With Carpooling Carbon dioxide emissions in kilogram Fuel consumed in liters Number of cars 0.87 Lakh 0.25 Lakh 2.78 Lakh 0.81 Lakh 64182
  7. 7. What your carpooling has achieved till now? Based on the cumulative data from 5 years 1,91,000 Kilograms of Carbon Dioxide emissions saved 33,71,000 Rupees saved on fuel 56,197 Litres of fuel saved Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse- gas-equivalencies-calculator
  8. 8. What else can you do? As an individual
  9. 9. What else can you do? As a Community Waste Composting Connect with Urban Parks: Tree Walks Terrace Gardening
  10. 10. Address: 504/505, Balarama Building, Near MMRDA, Bandra East, Mumbai- 400051 Phone:022 62215944/5946 Website: www.ekonnect.net Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EkonnectKnowledgeFoundation/?r ef=hl

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