Top 5 Things You Can Do To Reduce Global Warming !

By Aldrina Fernandes
Environment Officer, Meluha – The Fern

Global warming is the increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. This phenomenon has largely been attributed to the rise in green house gas emissions. India’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions rose by 58 per cent between 1994 and 2007 with the Energy sector contributing over half of the emissions-Ministry of Environment and Forests report.
According to the draft of the UN report to be released later this month in Japan: Global warming will reduce the world’s crop production by upto two percent every decade and wreak $1.45 trillion of economic damage by the end of this century. Read more

Global temperatures are predicted to increase alarmingly and result in critical climatic changes, some of which we’ve already begun to witness. So it’s high time, we recognise the gravity of the situation at hand and reduce our individual carbon footprints.

We, at Meluha The Fern are sharing our pathway to a low-carbon nirvana with you- a few practical steps to cut carbon. Take these steps one by one and you could slash your bills while curbing carbon dioxide emissions: Where you save money, you’ll be also saving the planet.

Let there be light…
Before you reach for the light switch, Open the curtains. Natural light is the best source of illumination. Its healthy and free too.
Our lighting choices can significantly save us several watts of energy. Choose Light emitting diodes (LED) or Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) over Incandescent lamps to substantially reduce your energy consumption.
Natural lighting in the Lobby at Meluha-The Fern

Vampire energy guzzlers..
Our homes are overflowing with electronic equipment, almost all of which will have a standby or sleep mode. These devices ranging from our cellphone chargers, televisions, gaming consoles, DVD players, set top boxes etc. are ‘power vampires’. They guzzle energy even when they’re turned off. Simply unplug or turn the main socket off to slay these vampires.

Making life easier?
Coffee maker, sandwich maker, mixer, grinder, juicer, hair dryer, hair straightener, hair curler, etc. …. All make our lives easier don’t they? But let’s ask ourselves do we actually need so many electronic devices?…Can we do without it?

Chill out!
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Each minute a fridge door is open it takes around 3 energy hungry minutes for it to cool it down again. Also do not put hot food into a refrigerator since it leads to energy loss.

Look at the sun
Harness the power of the Sun by choosing to use solar-powered technology. Eg. Solar power banks, solar lighting, solar heaters,solar cooker, solar panels etc.

We’d be most glad to hear about your illuminating ideas of cutting carbon. So hit the button below to leave a comment.

Manasarovar The Fern, Hyderabad

Employee Environmental Education

 Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad, hotel in Hyderabad, 5 star hotel in Hyderabad  

“Someone needs to tell people that you cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet”, says British writer and environmentalist Jonathon Porritt who was in India recently with his latest book titled, The World We Made, which was released in October this year.

This is exactly what Manasarovar The Fern, the Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad aims at through its proactive Green Team and its very active Employee Environmental education programme. Led by the Green Team, ‘environment sensitization’ has become a significant part of the training programme.

Employee Education

The skills of employees are fundamental to the success of a business. Business and employees have a shared interest in increasing skill levels. For the business, it helps with their

aim to increase performance, and for the employee to manage their own

futures by taking charge of their own learning.

The Fern Hotels and Resorts believe that Employee education is the most important aspect in establishing and maintaining our ‘green’ objectives. In order to ensure the committed participation of the staff, the 5star Hotel in Hyderabd, Manasarovar The Fern has a ‘green team’ headed by an Environment Officer who is responsible for training, conducting refresher courses, solving ‘green’ problems and generally creating and keeping alive an awareness of the environment.Induction of new employee takes place for environment and they are trained within the department to maintain higher efficiency of all equipment and to save energy and water by continuously monitoring the preventive maintenance. An Eco test is conducted r every six months after the joining date of an employee.

At Manasarovar the Fern, 5 star hotel in Hyderabad   this special group of people, called  The Green Team, all volunteers from the staff body, is the driving force behind its environment initiatives. The team initiates and monitors all environment initiatives done in-house. The Green Team empowers the staff far beyond the property’s set-up. Professional hierarchy is also set-aside in this unique team. The success of the Green Team can be gauged from the guests and staff members who have taken our green message in to their own lives and personal groups.

 

5 star hotel in Hyderabad ,Manasarovar The Fern is aware of the impact it has on its environment and its people, both internal – staff and guests – as well outside, on the community. The luxury Hotel in Hyderabad , Manasarovar The Fern property is an active member in its locality. Community initiatives, often led by the Green Team, range from working alongside local administrators and residents in planning infrastructure projects to outreach projects in schools and cleanliness drives.

Working with the community allows the team to learn new skills while sharing its knowledge in exchange. These participative initiatives always lead to better results for the community. Led by the general manager, this luxury Hotel in Hyderabad shares green tips and initiatives and welcomes experiences of green travel and practices from its guests.

Each member of The Fern family, from the Chairman to the entire staff body, takes a pledge to adhere to and further the commitment to the environment.

“Being a team member of an environment sensitive group, I pledge to protect and enhance the environment including all its resources by encouraging and implementing the concepts of reduce, reuse and recycle. I will manage my share of resources with maximum efficiency. I pledge to form an educated opinion and to make responsible choices. I pledge to make a difference.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Emission Control!

With all that talk about how much carbon dioxide is released in the air, one would wonder that something be done to control this evil release of a gas that is known to cause problems to us today or tomorrow. Since we cannot filter and control, the next best thing is to monitor and restrict.

Thus came into being the concept of carbon credits. These credits are our attempts to keep the various green house gas emissions under check. A smart thing done by countries that came together and signed an agreement named the Kyoto Protocol. A single credit is equivalent to 1 ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent gases released in the air.

Every country is assigned a fixed credit. Developed countries, mostly European, had said that they will bring down the level in the period from 2008 to 2012. In 2008, these developed countries have decided on different norms to bring down the level of emission fixed for their companies and factories. The goal is to make companies go down the green route through mutual agreement and market mechanisms that bring about a change in the industrial processes either by way of replacement or by upgrading process, thereby making them greener.

There are also many companies that sell carbon credits to commercial and individual customers who are interested in lowering their carbon footprint on a voluntary basis. So it’s like a clan of earth loving entities that bring about change by way of contracts rather than the traditional means of campaigns.

Is your Money going somewhere Green?

With growing awareness on global environment crisis, it’s interesting to see how many businesses have been going green. It is not just limited to industries that give out emissions; the Eco- friendly bug has bitten every sector. At least, in theory, our future should be better.

Green investments are things like stocks, exchange related funds and mutual funds, in which the underlying businesses are somehow involved in operations aimed at improving the environment. This can range from companies that are developing alternative energy technology to companies that have the best environmental practices. Basically, if your green cash goes into a green business, or supplements resources for a green business, you are an eco-investor!

Green industries and business include startups that are developing new methods for creating bio-fuels or solar panels, and traditional market cap heavyweights that are expanding their product lines to include environmentally friendly products.

Green investing can also be achieved through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which mimic the stock indexes made up of green companies. Another way is to let your professional portfolio manager take over, and choose the greenest assets to invest in based on your company prospectus.

However, since the global belief on what constitutes a “green investment” is different and uncertain, it becomes difficult to determine what investment is actually green. Either ways, the foot is in the door, all that remains to be seen is that the world is able to find a consistent meaning to the whole idea of green investments and that it promises maximum involvement from all other sectors.

The World in our Palms.

When we think of a holiday, we invariable picture a serene island with blue waters; white sands spiked with beautiful palms of coconuts trees that add to the glory of a paradisical land waiting to welcome you! Ever asked a young child to paint the beach, it always starts with those flowery palms that flirt with the sunshine up above the waters. But did you ever ponder over the fact that the coconut palm tree under which you line up your chair is one of the most versatile living entities in this whole wide world.

From the roots to leaf tips, this tree can be used in many ways. Coconut milk is used for making coconut oil as well as a medicine to treat minor ailments. Not to forget, the lovely Caribbean and oriental flavors all thanks to coconut milk! Coconut oil nourishes your scalp and can be used for soaps and cosmetics while the meat can be used in candles and as a product for many recipes.

The fiber from the coconut husk can be used to make mats; the juice is good for kidney problems while the sap, which is kind of sweet, can be fermented into an alcoholic beverage or vinegar. Leaves from the tree can also be used to make various patterns in roofs of rural and sea-side settlements and the trunk can be turned into canoes or rafters. All this while the very useful fruit keeps the Pina coladas flowing!

Something as abundant such as these lovely palms can truly serve our needs in a green manner if more of us can tap into the valuable store of resources this tree has to offer! The natives have already realized eons ago and it’s now time for the new world to systemize this process and get the most out of what the planet has to offer!

sMo(c)king humanity.

Smoking is injurious to health. Period. Message to the health conscious. Smoking is injurious to the environment. Message for the whole world. What would it take for one to stop smoking or never take up the habit in the first place? It is addictive, it is discomforting to others and it harms the lungs and the planet. Reason enough to reconsider? Sadly not for most people.

Smoking is a personal activity that affects us all. 4000 deadly gases in a 3 inch cylinder, 5 minutes of fumes with an hour of odor and a lifetime of damage to the environment. 1 habit worth it all? From a liking for the flavor and fumes of tobacco, to a daily requirement to ‘beat stress’, smoking has turned into a ‘must-do’ activity for many! Tobacco consumption goes way back to 5000-300 BC. But with the commercialization of cheap and easily available cigarettes, this personal activity is becoming a public problem.

The harm that a cigarette causes begins even before the first spark of a lighter. Workers working in a manufacturing unit suffer from lung ailments due to close proximity. All that land required to grow tobacco could have yielded crops instead, cigarette paper that turns wood to ash, the leftover butts that pose a problem, the fires caused each year that take up thousands of gallons of water to douse.

If you are a smoker, do think about all this before you light into your next one. If you do not smoke, well, don’t. It is not fun. The media may glorify the sight of all that smoke from the nostrils, but in reality, the picture is quite different indeed.

Abroad Minded Approach?

So the time has come for you to pack up and catch that midnight flight to a distant land. You have been waiting long for this one and now you are all ready. Looking forward to that special experience of new cultures and lifestyle! The thrill of going abroad.

The thrill is fine and makes for an active and happy camper; one that follows every culture, tradition, rule and social requirement to the best of his/her ability. This includes making sure every wrapper finds a bin and every rule is followed. But why be so concerned and compassionate towards the land of visit and not for the land of birth? This has been a notable trend seen in the travel and hospitality industry among travelers. While we support responsible tourism, it is saddening to see that the same measures cannot be implemented in the mother land all for lack of understanding and a feeling of social obligation.

We must remember that green and clean living starts from ones home. It is from there that one can carry forward these habits and make for a great living! While most of us do the right thing abroad simply to stay out of trouble, we can do the same as a duty towards our land. One of the reasons why any place fails to attract tourists is because we as citizens keep it that way.

No tourist location would ever be popular if everyone, from a local, to a visitor as well as the government takes care of the place and keeps the crowd coming for more. We are ignorant because we feel everything is ok in your own home. But your mother land is also home to many others; plants, animals, neighbors and visitors! Happy travelling. Happy living.

Peace of advice.

It started with the fight against the elements. Once we mastered that, we fought for food. Once settled, we fought for land. With boundaries in place we began to fight for resources. This fight continues till date and no one seems to get anywhere. Along with everything else that goes wrong, a military operation also costs the planet a good chunk of its health!

There is no doubt why there should be no wars, no battles, no conflicts and no explosions. If land and resources are so precious to us, why destroy land and misuse resources for explosive operations in the process of trying to acquire the same? Any sort of conflict not only hinders certain important economic sectors like the hospitality industry, it also leaves behind damage that no health potion can repair. There is no question that there are too many layers in hierarchy for a common man to stop a bullet, what we can do as a race is to realize and respond. Say no to war, today and forever. It takes one to coax another.

Our collective consciousness could change the way the world works and accepts any military activity and that is what we can bank upon. Travelling is a good way to open up the mind to new cultures thereby developing mutual tolerance among people. One also realizes that there is much good in the world not to be destroyed by war and conflicts.

Stop favoring something that only leaves death and destruction. Support peace. So you can travel a world with no boundaries, so you can a world with no scars.

The Issues with Tissues

Whether home, in office or on the go, one thing we always use and misuse is a pack of tissues! It’s the easiest way to tackle colds, messy table manners and damp hands after a wash. Comfort, as always, comes at a price. Every tissue you use is like cutting a limb off a tree.

Paper is one of the biggest reasons for trees to be cut and there’s no stopping that! They are in every way, the source of life for us. These tall structures represent the living and play a major role in the eco system. The irony is that these life giving wonders die each day just so that we live on. If we could only reduce usage of tissues, we could surely make a huge impact on our global paper needs.

Sophistication leads to excess usage of comfort products that may not make for a nature loving existence, but time constraints and habitual dependence on products keeps us from trying to lead a better, greener life. Top class hospitality properties make note of this and serve meals with cloths to go along with the fancy crockery instead of tissues that will forever turn a tree to powder. Imagine if only more people around the world substituted cloth for paper. This also applies to shopping bags where cloth can replace both plastic and paper!

There is only so much we have to ourselves. Changing our ways will take us far and help us one day look back and appreciate the choices we made. This is just a shout out to all those who may try to make a change!

Tap into the Rain!

So the rains have been pouring all around you. All that water on the streets and on the roofs. And here you are, reading articles that discuss water shortage. The irony may hit you every time you look outside the window, water gushing and all.

The unfortunate truth is that there indeed is a shortage of water, maybe not for you, but the less fortunate ones not so high up the social ladder. While you can keep working on your water saving skills, give fresh rain water a chance! Collect it and use it. You will find that this is a simple solution to basic water needs. Rain water harvesting has become a new and upcoming practice for people living in regions that receive high rainfall every year.

Now a days it has become simpler and cheaper to set up a rain water trapping system. Apart from basic gardening needs, rain water can also be used for indoor sanitary usage with minimal processing. When a community as a whole practices utilization of rain water, this could really ease some burden off the water supply agencies, therefore leading to a more self reliant and responsible social set up where in we can have our own solutions for our problems.

The next time you sit by the window sipping your hot coffee watching the heavens go berserk with the rains, remind yourself that you don’t have to wait for all that water to reach you sparingly after it completes the entire water supply cycle. You could simply tap into it domestically and be kind to society. As more of you adopt this practice, water will be plenty in the town reservoir to then be spread far and wide for cheap to those in needs!