What shape is the earth ?

Choking EarthWe didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

So sang the famous Billy Joel ?!! No, i am not talking about the song that captured the events of the 20th century, but about the 21st century and the future that we are leaving to our children. Yes, the environment is changing and yes of course, we did start this fire.

Don’t agree ?!! But the Nobel Prize winners for 2007 – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ) and Albert Arnold Gore Jr. say so and which is why the Peace prize is shared by them this year.

So what do we have to change in the coming days ? Well… to start with lets say we need to stop all coal plants and other plants that use coal for energy. Sounds simple ?!! But its not so easy as close to 70 percent of electricity generated in India uses coal plants instead of thermal or other ways.

The immediate things we can do is to stop using incandescent bulbs and lamps and switch over completely to energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs. The reason is that energy level being used up by the incandescent bulbs and similar high voltage bulbs are far more larger than the fluorescent lamps. In each major metro city today we use nothing less than 300 MW of power because of the high voltage bulbs that are flashed over hoardings and buildings to light up the city.

But further to it we could join organizations like Greenpeace International who are out to make their best efforts to save the earth. They propose a seven step solution to save our earth. These days most of their donations are tax savings and this way we could add our pennies to the cause of saving our earth.

We could avoid buying products with potential toxic substance when we have the option of buying energy efficient products for a little extra money. This includes not just refrigerators or perfume sprays but the DVD players and personal computers as well. We can plant more saplings in our backyards and office spaces. Switching off the monitor and the system of our computer after the usage even if it means for half an hour in between work, is a good little thing to start with.

And it is required to do this because it is not just optional but mandatory as this is the only earth we have to give to our children. Let us not dump the burden of our convenience on our children. And each of us should take responsibility for saving our earth by saving energy, optimizing any valuable resource to the best possible ways.

As the great Billy Joel sings…

We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on…

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