Thursday, 25 March 2010

Bottled water is a problem in itself, but it is also a sign of a much larger problem – too much needless consumption, too much unnecessary waste, and too much advertising to convince us we will be happier or better off if we just had a new (insert any consumer good here.)

Kick the Bottled Water Habit

In the film, we learned that bottled water is not safer, or better tasting, or even more convenient, than tap water; it’s certainly not cheaper, and it generates massive amounts of needless waste. The piping, the bottling, the transportation, the greenhouse gases…it’s all unnecessary. So, on a daily basis, we don’t need bottled water, period.
As individuals, we can each stop buying it and start using reusable bottles. If you plan to purchase a bottle, we recommend stainless steel or lined aluminum.  Both Food & Water Watch and Corporate Accountability International offer reusable bottles to their members.  We also recommend reusing most any convenient bottle you have at hand.
If you have concerns about the quality of your tap water, or the chemicals it may contain due to treatment or to contaminants, contact your local water utility to ask for a report.
To address your concerns, there are many brands of safe, convenient home water filters you can install in your kitchen.

Friday, 12 March 2010


Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour is a WWF initiative where citizens around the globe show their support for action on climate change by turning off lights for one hour. This year the switch off is being observed on March 27, 2010, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm.

Earth Hour Launched by Shiela Dixit 

The campaign was recently launched by the Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit and film actor Abhishek Bachchan, in the presence of WWF-India’s SG and CEO Mr. Ravi Singh. Abhishek along with Smt Sheila Dikshit lit the ‘candle of hope’ encouraging citizens of India to ‘switch on’ their minds and showcase solidarity and commitment towards climate change and energy conservation by ‘switching off’ the lights for one hour on the 27th of March.
Earth Hour 2010 is expected to be a culmination of over one billion people around the globe, in more than 6000 cities and towns worldwide, turning off lights and showing support for action on climate change. Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India, said, “Earth Hour 2009 was the largest climate action in history. It was heartening to receive tremendous support for the campaign from all sections of the society all across India it symbolized the aspirations and willingness of our citizens to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. He hoped Earth Hour 2010 will have even wider participation.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit reminded everyone of how Delhi was the lead city for Earth Hour 2009 when India joined this global campaign. Several historical buildings, office complexes, RWAs, shopping centers and hotels switched off in support, resulting in close to 600 MW power saving in Delhi alone. She expressed hope as well as confidence that Earth Hour 2010 will also be taken forward in Delhi in a similar manner, only with even greater participation.

Participate in Earth Hour 2010: Switch off your lights, electrical appliances (even your mobile phone for one hour!) on March 27th, 2010 — from 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM (or longer if you wish to!)