97 % of the water on Earth is Salty water, not drinkable. Life on the Land needs fresh water to survive, so That leaves us with 3%Even that is not available to us as 66% of that is frozen on the poles and glaciers.
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Islam forbids extravagance in using water even in acts such as wudu... “If any Muslim plants a tree or sows a field, and a human, bird or animal eats from it, it shall be considered as charity from him.” - Sahih Al-Bukhari (Hadith)U see there is a deep message in this, it is above Haram and Hallal, it’s a message that says that all shared resources need to be used with conservation.It is often said that a person should“Strive for your life in the hereafter as if you will die tomorrow.Strive for your life on earth as if you will live forever.”
Environment and power
When we think of the word Environment,two words that come to mind in the firstplace areWater and AirThe basic most essential requirements forall life on earth
If you take the analogy of the earth being a bowling ball then the atmosphere layer is so thin that it would be equivalent to the thin layer of varnish on that ball. Lets look at it more closely…
The Earth’s atmosphere currently contains about 800 billion tons of carbon as CO2, and combustion of fossil fuels currently adds about 7 billion tons of carbon every year. Drains are roughly equal to 2 + 1 = 3 Billion tons
Did you know that burning of 6.3 pounds or one gallon of gasoline produces 20 pounds of CO2… Can you guess how that can be true ?
1. Baikal Russia Siberia 23,600 km3•3. Superior United States, Canada 11,600 km3•4. Michigan-Huron United States, Canada 8,260 km3•10. Ontario United States, Canada 1,710 km3
According to the United Nations 18% of the world population is without access to proper drinking water. That is 854 Million people. Numerical population of affected people › Sudan 12.3 million › Venezuela 5.0 million › Zimbabwe 2.7 million › Tunisia 2.1 million › Cuba 1.2 million
Per capita water availability in Pakistan has decreased from 5,000 cubic meters per annum in 1951 to 1,100. The projected Population figures for 2010 and 2025 have reached 173 million and 221 million respectively. We are going to slip below 1000 cubic meters of water per capita per year from 2010 onwards.Freshwater & Toxics Programme, WWF – PakistanPublished 2007 by WWF – Pakistan, Ferozepur Road, Lahore
And then there is the growing population and the ever growing need for energy and food. All this is happening because we all need MORE and MORE energy to run our daily lives. And all this is causing problems to the environment.
I read somewhere.“ The days of free energy may be 50 years ahead but the days of cheap energy are over ” Anonymous
“People tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is that, once global warming is something that most people can feel in the course of their daily lives, it will be too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic changes.”ELIZABETH KOLBERT, The New Yorker, Apr. 25, 2005
The predicted effects of global warming on the environment and for human life are numerous: › Climate change › Raising sea levels › Glacier retreat › Arctic shrinkage › Altered patterns of agriculture are cited as direct consequences. Secondary and regional effects include: › Extreme weather events › An expansion of tropical diseases › Changes in the timing of seasonal patterns in ecosystems › Drastic economic impact
An 8 square milepiece of ice shelfbroke off from theCanadian arcticOn July 29 2008
A wedge is an activity that creates 1 GTC/Y emission reductions by 2054. The task for the next 50 years is to achieve about seven wedges by avoiding about 175 billion tons of carbon emissions.The Report identifies 7 areas that can be tackledusing existing technologies to cut down theseemission.
We need efficient energy generating processes. We Need to sustain the renewable resources, like trees, fresh water. As individuals we need to make energy efficient life style choices and put words to ACTION. We need to stop thinking of our immediate individual benefit. “Just because we can afford it does not mean we can keep on using up as much resources as we like. We need to realize that the resources are finite”
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. Encourages to enter tree planting pledges online. Goal is to plant 7 billion trees by the end of 2009.
Pakistan as you can see is very behind in thisInitiative. Only 50,000 to 100,000 trees planted.
This research revealed that 11.6% of Australia’s household electricity consumption is attributed to electronic equipment on standby mode. It costs $500 million Annually Generating more than 5 million tones of CO2 This figure is increasing 3% per annum. There are similar studies for other countries too.
If every American home replacedjust one light bulb with an ENERGYSTAR qualified bulb, we would saveEnough energy to light more than3 million homes for a year, more than$600 million in annual energy costs,And prevent greenhouse gasesequivalent to he emissions of morethan 800,000 cars. incandescent bulbs are inefficient light sources, converting 90 percent of electricity directly to heat and only about 10 percent to visible light.
LCD Vs Monitor. The total Energy saving today may not benefit Energy savings – LCD At you immediately but 25 watts, 75-watt CRT monitor. it’s a long term Longer lifespan – LCD decision that will be monitors last twice as long as CRT monitors, beneficial in the long Reduced heat output – run. Decreased cooling loads result in decreased cooling costs. Space-saving benefits Health benefits – LCD monitors are flicker-free, anti- static, anti-glare no electromagnetic radiation.
Factories around the world churned out a whopping 4-5 trillion of them in 2002. Each year, Americans throw away some 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags. (Only 0.6 percent of plastic bags are recycled.)Success Ireland instituted a per-bag tax in March 2002, which led to a 95-percent reduction in use.
A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Gas mileage improves 3.3 percent Just by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every psi drop in tire pressure. Replacing a clogged air filter may improve fuel economy 2 to 6. A really clogged Filter decrease efficiency by as much as14 percent. About 66% of the available energy in the fuel is rejected as heat in the exhaust and coolant or frictional losses. Switch off your car during long breaks.
Producing one ton of paper requires 2-3 times its weight in trees. Paper production is responsible for about a fifth of the total wood harvest worldwide. Making paper from recycled content creates 74 percent less air pollution and 35 percent less water pollution.
Switching off all non-essential office equipment (computers, printers, faxes, photocopiers and lights) will save enough energy to drive a small car 100 miles. A PC monitor left on overnight wastes enough energy to laser print 800 pages. A photocopier left on overnight wastes enough energy to print 1500 A4 copies.
Turning your thermostat down by just 1°C can knock 10% off the cost of heating or cooling your office or home and youll be unlikely to notice any difference in comfort. Lighting an empty office overnight wastes enough energy to heat water for 1000 cups of coffee.
So you see these little things add up to alot and it does not cost us much in doingthese things, we just need to make aconscious effort on our part to make ourlives a little more energy efficient
…. and waste not by extravagance . Verily,He likes not Al-Musrifun (those who wasteby extravagance), -Surah Al An’am 6: 141.
It is related that the Prophet passed byhis companion Sa’ad, who wasperforming his wudhu’ (ablutions), andsaid: “What is this wastage, O Sa’ ad?” “Is there wastage even in washing for prayer?” asked Sa’ d; and he said, “Yes, even if you are by a flowing river!” – Ibn Majah
“If any Muslim plants a tree orsows a field, and a human, bird oranimal eats from it, it shall beconsidered as charity from him.” -Sahih Al-Bukhari (Hadith)
“ We did not inherit theplanet from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our children”
It seems impossible that a gallon of gasoline, which weighs about 6.3 pounds, could produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) when burned. However, most of the weight of the CO2 doesnt come from the gasoline itself, but the oxygen in the air. When gasoline burns, the carbon and hydrogen separate. The hydrogen combines with oxygen to form water (H2O), and carbon combines with oxygen to form carbon dioxide (CO2). A carbon atom has a weight of 12, and each oxygen atom has a weight of 16, giving each single molecule of CO2 an atomic weight of 44 (12 from carbon and 32 from oxygen). Therefore, to calculate the amount of CO2 produced from a gallon of gasoline, the weight of the carbon in the gasoline is multiplied by 44/12 or 3.7. Since gasoline is about 87% carbon and 13% Hydrogen by weight, the carbon in a gallon of gasoline weighs 5.5 pounds (6.3 lbs. x .87). We can then multiply the weight of the carbon (5.5 pounds) by 3.7, which equals 20 pounds of CO2!