Happy World Kitchen Garden Day

This 30th August, we celebrated World Kitchen Garden day! Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of delicious foods produced on a human scale.

If you haven’t done so yet, this is a fantastic opportunity to start your own kitchen garden and enjoy the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, organic foods.

We give you three reasons to start your own kitchen garden:

  1. Wholesome Goodness – Nutrition and tastier food!

Those of you who have tasted the crispness of a freshly picked cucumber and sweetness of a perfect orange pumpkin from a home garden, would agree that the taste and quality is unrivaled to that obtained from a market. Many studies also demonstrate that organic food has more nutrients and is definitely less harmful than food grown with inorganic pesticides and fertilizers.

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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.

A Sincere Message.

So what is it with us not being able to give back to the planet to the extent we take from it? It becomes difficult for most to realize just how much we plunder. The beauty about the planet does not lie in how we, one species, live happily while others suffer. The beauty lays in the fact that such a vast diversified system can self sustain within itself just as long as each element plays its role and does not deviate from what it was meant to do.

We, the humans, seem to have gone astray and made ourselves our own destiny pulling down everything else with us. While its all OK to live, enjoy and celebrate, there are some limits that we need to look out for, especially at this stage! The key word is Responsibility. Without being able to achieve anything in a graceful manner, we will never truly be a race that can be proud of our existence.

As we go about fulfilling our dreams and making for ourselves a perfect little sphere that gives us all we need, we must all remember that we belong to something much larger than mankind and that something may not suffer because of what we call civilization. There is nothing civil in living life at the expense of the very planet that supports us.

We urge all to make tiny changes in their lives and be able to reduce the harm we cause everyday to the environment. It may be as small as remembering to switch off an appliance when not in use. Good luck being human, may we be able to make the most of now, because we may be the only ones left one day!

What on Earth is Responsible Tourism?

With all those sports events happening around, one thing is for sure! People will travel the globe to catch their favorite players in the flesh! Tourism is a big industry, one that comes with its side effects though. Millions travel each day. And that can be a bad thing because anything without a motor attached to it has a hard time getting past the borders! This brings us to the point. What about all that fuel used up? And how do we deal with the pollution caused?

The carbon footprint left behind lingers a lot longer than the journey.  As some say, tourism is both a victim of and a contributor to climate change. Tightening it’s own leash for survival. Basically all these migrations harm the environment with sound, smoke and more. Planes are therefore designed to get quieter now. Experts are looking into alternatives like a mixture of coconut and babassu nut oils as fuel for airlines. The coconut shortage can be dealt with later.

Responsible tourism encompasses controlling noise/ air/ water/ land pollution caused due to any tourist activity. Tourism departments levy additional taxes to control the number of tourists per season. Visas are approved of in moderation. Cycling expedition and use of electric bikes to explore landscapes is also a good idea. Hotels now use green materials like eco-friendly paints and recycled wood etc. As for the travelers, well they just have to make a few smart choices. All you need to do is watch what you want and want what you need. Use what you need and spare what you don’t. Keep traveling. But be responsible!