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ailing planet part 1

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ailing planet part 1

  1. 1. The Ailing Planet The Green Movement’s Role Nani Palkhivala
  2. 2. Initiation of the Green Movement  Started nearly 25 years ago  World’s first nationwide Green party founded in New Zealand in 1972  The movement has not looked back ever since
  3. 3. Green Movement’s Role • The green movement, a term that includes the conservation and green politics, is a diverse scientific, social, and political movement for addressing environmental issues. • Environmentalists advocate the sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the environment through changes in public policy and individual behavior.
  4. 4. Primary Focus of the great movement … • The conservation movement seeks to protect natural areas for sustainable consumption, as well as traditional (hunting, fishing, trapping) and spiritual use.
  5. 5. • In its recognition of humanity as a participant in ecosystems, the movement is centered on ecology, health, and human rights. •
  6. 6. There is immediate need to promote 'sustainable development' as popularized in 1987 by World Commission on environment and development.
  7. 7. • Environmental health movement dates at least to Progressive Era, and focuses on urban standards like clean water, efficient sewage handling, and stable population growth. • Environmental health could also deal with nutrition, • preventive medicine, aging, and other concerns specific to human well-being. Environmental health is also seen as an • indicator for the state of the environment, or an early warning system for what may happen to humans
  8. 8. Why is our planet damaging • Mankind is now the number one cause of all the destruction happening on Earth. As well as trying to destroy each other on the battle-field, we are the cause of a series of other disasters, beginning • with the industrial exploitation of the resources of the Earth. • This has become especially bad since the population of the Earth has trippled in the last fifty years to a point which, even with more efficient means of distribution, there is simply not enough food to go around.
  9. 9. Population Growth Environmental Pollution Resource Depletion Industrialization Ozone Depletion Global Warming
  10. 10. • The seas and oceans are being poisoned by chemical • The seas and oceans are being poisoned by chemical products, oils, industrial and human waste. On land, especially in the industrial countries where most waste is actually "manufactured", there is increasingly little room to bury it and even when buried, noxious elements leech out and destroy the health of the area. An even greater problem is the disposal of Atomic waste, unsafe to dump into the sea products, oils, industrial and human waste. On land, especially in the industrial countries where most waste is actually "manufactured", there is increasingly little room to bury it and even when buried, noxious elements leech out and destroy the health of the area. An even greater problem is the disposal of Atomic waste, unsafe to dump into the sea • and even more unsafe to bury under the land. An • and even more unsafe to bury under the land. An alternative possibility, that of sending it out into space, would perhaps create other more serious dangers, not immediately apparent to us. alternative possibility, that of sending it out into space, would perhaps create other more serious dangers, not immediately apparent to us.
  11. 11.  Emission of Waste water,  Waste gases,  Hazardous waste,  Toxic, carcinogenic, cumulative and synergistic chemical  Ecological imbalance  Release of Radioactive rays dangerous for health  Increase salinity and  Reduced vegetation
  12. 12. Easy! 8 Ways to save our planet 1. RECYCLE GLASS Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn't recycled it can take a million years to decompose. 2. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning cup ‘of tea.
  13. 13. 3. RECYCLE NEWSPAPER There are 63 million newspapers printed each day in the U.S. Of these, 44 million, or about 69%, of them will be thrown away. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week. 4. WRAP CREATIVELY You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that's environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.
  14. 14. 5. RETHINK BOTTLED WATER Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and possibly your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water. 6. PLANT A TREE It's good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling (plant on the west side of your home), and they can also improve the value of your property. Make it meaningful for the whole family and plant a tree every year for each member.
  15. 15. 7. PLASTIC BAGS SUCK Each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags, a significant portion of the 500 billion used worldwide. They are not biodegradable, and are making their way into our oceans, and subsequently, the food chain. Stronger, reusable bags are an inexpensive and readily available option. 8. LET YOUR FINGERS DO THE WALKING—ONLINE Consider if you really need a paper phone book. If not, call to stop phone book delivery and use an online directory instead. Some estimate that telephone books make up almost ten percent of waste at dump sites. And if you still receive the book, don't forget to recycle your old volumes.
  16. 16. Drive Less and Drive Smart • Less driving means fewer emissions. Besides saving gasoline, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. Explore your community mass transit system, and check out options for carpooling to work or school. • • When you do drive, make sure your car is running efficiently. • For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget, it also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

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