How to be Green?

The Environmental Movement has never been short on righteous aims from conserving natural places, cleaning up the oceans, protecting watersheds, neutralising acid rain, saving in danger of extinction species — all are laudable. But today, one ecological problem outweighs all others: global warming.

Some may argue that this is a single-minded approach. However, if this issue is not addressed at an earliest then global warming is one issue that threatens to overwhelm all progress made on other fronts. So combating the effect of the greenhouse gases must be high on priority.

The United Nations Environment Programme encourages resource efficiency as a means to be Green. Resource efficiency is one of the six priorities for UNEP – fostering sustainable consumption and production by leading global efforts to ensure natural resources are produced, processed and consumed in more sustainable way.

The National Geographic Society also aims to be an international leader for global conservation and environmental sustainability. Leading by example, the Society has developed green initiatives related to water, energy, recycling, and employee programs that are in line with its mission to inspire people to care about the planet.
As per the Indian Green Building Council implementing the concept of Zero Energy Consumption, through the construction of the buildings that consume zero energy by finding and selecting the best materials and systems available, can mean being Green.

Even company like the Godrej Group with interests in real estate, FMCG, industrial engineering, appliances, furniture, security and agri care is on a mission to green its processes, whether it is on the manufacturing or supply chain side. So, from water conservation to energy reduction, environmental friendly processes will dominate the agenda of the Godrej Group.

In short the way to be Green is by changing to environment friendly practices in the field of business, transport, culture, design and architecture, fashion and beauty, food and health, science and technology, travel and nature, and many other fields.

One of the most well known forms of carbon offsetting is to plant trees. The idea being that as trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide, which is one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases. One of the easiest ways to reduce the effect of greenhouse gases is by increasing the Urban Greenery.

The Roof Gardens and Green Walls easily help increase urban greenery and adapt to climate change by reducing the “urban heat island effect” – the phenomenon of metropolitan areas being significantly warmer than surrounding rural areas, due to the heat-reflecting nature of concrete and other man-made materials and the release of heat from air-conditioning systems and machinery.

Intensive Roof Garden Brigade Metropolis, Bangalore
The reintroduction of vegetation into cities promotes natural cooling by absorbing, instead of reflecting, the sun’s rays, and through evapotranspiration. Traditional black roofs can reach temperatures of 158°F/70°C, and as a result have an enormous effect on building and ground level temperatures. Green roofs can also mitigate air pollution levels by trapping particulates and capturing harmful gases.

Thus vegetation can be easily reintroduced in urban areas using modern Landscape Engineering technology that allows urban buildings to have green spaces in the forms of Roof Gardens or indoor and outdoor Green Walls. This is one of the easiest ways to be Green.
References:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/national-geographic-sustainability/ accessed on 5th October 2011
http://www.godrej.com/godrej/godrej/aboutgodrejgroup.aspx?id=1&menuid=1163 accessed on 7th October 2011
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http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-how-godrej-plans-to-be-good-and-green/20111003.htm accessed on 7th October 2011
http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/green-roofs accessed on 7th October 2011
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http://www.wired.com/science/planetearth/magazine/16-06/ff_heresies_intro accessed on 7th October 2011
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