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.

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Manasarovar The Fern, Hyderabad

Employee Environmental Education

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“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green From The Ground Up At Meluha

At Meluha The Fern, Mumbai we believe that responsible hospitality is not an oxymoron. We ensure that what we do is in complete harmony with the natural world. Honest sustainability is part of our daily lives and we are committed and passionate about serving our guests as well as the environment.

Meluha is among the few luxury hotels of its class in India to be conceived as an environmentally sensitive hotel. In a sense, we’re green from the ground up. This is a tremendous advantage for us, as we’ll explain in this post and the others in this series. Its an approach we strongly recommend for those considering an eco-venture, hotel or otherwise. If you have the opportunity or luxury, grab it.

Guest rooms at Meluha The Fern, Mumbai are amongst the most eco-friendly in the world.
Guest rooms at Meluha The Fern, Mumbai are amongst the most eco-friendly in the world.

Location matters when planning an eco-responsible 5-star hotel. A recent Lonely Planet article was a disappointment because the Top 10 eco-stays it listed were all on forest land or similar exotic locales. The Meluha is a city-centre business hotel, with miles of Mumbai’s famous cityscape all around. We love challenges.

The philosophy at Meluha The Fern is to get it done, not just say it. With one caveat; the guest experience should be enhanced, not compromised. We definitely let our guests know of the environmentally responsible work we do, though we are modest with it. Business guests appreciation of our 141-room hotel is very high, most realise only later that they’ve stayed at perhaps the world’s most environmentally responsible business hotel. Its The Fern way.

In the meantime, please visit our new website: www.fernhotels.com

Green Technology

The world of today is more silicon and less metal or wood. Everything we see around us uses technology that takes years to develop but seconds to accomplish our desired goals. In a situation such as this, it becomes very important to keep a tab on any negative impacts to the planet simply because the scale and rate at which we are developing is magnanimous.

Rightly so, we have come up with a new way of building and innovating known as Green Technology or Clean technology. Green tech is the application of environmental science to conserve Mother Nature and curb the negative impacts of human activity.

There are a lot of things that come under Green Tech. Things like recycling and air/water purification. Another major aspect of Greentech is Solid Waste Management; something that has become important knowing how much waste we create. So much so, that Ecotels like the Fern group of Hotels and Resorts require having it as one of its pre requisite company policies in order to be certified Eco-friendly in practice. Apart from these, one needs to look into energy conservation as well as come up with ways to renew energy because excess energy consumption is a major drawback with many upcoming technologies.

Most businesses across the world are now looking to go green because green is the future of any new venture. Do remember to buy green products and insist on using services that promise to exercise eco-friendly practices. This is where you step foot onto the green boat that leads to the future!

So what’s in a name?

A hotel is a place where one forgets the life left behind. For some time, one can be at peace knowing everything is taken care of by the ever-awake workforce that runs the hotel. To add to it, with the launch of eco –friendly hotels like The Fern Ecotel in Jaipur, India, vacations are greener than ever and everyone is happy!

An hotel is therefore an Ecotel if it adheres to some set standards. The obvious ones are conservation of resources. Water, electricity and all the plastics, food, drinks and metals used up to cater to the needs of the elite. But one must understand that apart from the eco system, another aspect to the certification is to care for its own employees. This is only fair considering that these are the men and women that help make the trip a success, and in this case, the environment a much better place!

Taking care of the staff, essentially, means that there are no safety issues and that every employee must be well educated. This includes everyone from the guys behind the desk to those in the kitchen. A well-trained work force is an important productivity enhancement. Education benefits also show that a hotel property truly values its employees and their future.

Basically, an eco friendly hotel is a property that carries out fair trade and cares for all: the guests, the environment, the staff and itself! So the next time you plan to check in, look for the green label on the Hotel Brochure that says 100% Eco-friendly and have a nice stay!

That meal has a story to tell

When it comes to food, there are a lot of variations one finds across cultures and societies. There has also been a shift in eating trends across a span of time. With a lot of research around global eco-crisis, now comes the age of green eating. A simple eco-diet is a vegan diet. While most individuals shun away from the idea, there has been a remarkable increase in the number of vegans. Even though not many, would go the other way in this respect, fortunately that is not the end of the road for eco-diet. There is a lot more to it.

Locally grown food is a great place to start when you are trying to follow healthy eating or green living lifestyles. There are benefits to this. Firstly we need to consider that a lot less time is taken in the delivery time of the vegetables to the kitchen. This bodes well for perishables as the wastage is reduced. A common practice among food vendors is to use pesticides, antibiotics and chemicals to protect foods that may spoil during transportation. These are harmful to the eco system and can be avoided altogether in the case of fruits and vegetables supplied by local farms. As a result one gets fresh food that tastes better, it is more nourishing and is free from pollutants.

Another concern is the utilization of energy resources spent on fruits and vegetables from growth to consumption. One can save a lot of time, energy and materials if food processing is avoided. Metal, plastic, paper and rubber can be saved if the farm is close to its market. This also results in less fuel being used for transport purposes. So the next time you go to the local vendor, do ask him the story of that apple before it landed in your basket!

31 Reasons To Travel Green- Part 1

In the hospitality world today minute details that provide perceived value in the guest’s mind is what ultimately makes a Hotel beautiful as well as practical. We at The Fern Ecotel, Jaipur are happy to educate everyone with only one motto TRAVEL GREEN

This presentation will bring to light the plight of the natural environment due to our negligence.

31 Reasons To Travel Green- Part I

In the hospitality world today minute details that provide perceived value in the guest’s mind is what ultimately makes a Hotel beautiful as well as practical. We at The Fern Ecotel, Jaipur are happy to educate everyone with only one motto TRAVEL GREEN

This presentation will bring to light the plight of the natural environment due to our negligence.

 

Go Green Show Green Contest!!

Share a Photo, Video or even a simple Message on anything you have done for the environment to make it green!

Heres a chance to win a FREE stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel An Ecotel, Jaipur. Participate in this contest and win a free vacation to The Fern Hotel in Jaipur. This is definitely not the one you want to miss!


The Go Green Initiative

Fern Initiative

Heres a low down on how you can be at The Fern Hotel An Ecotel, Jaipur.

Contest Details:

This is a Message, Photo or Video contest on twitter and Facebook where you will just have to upload a photo, video or a message of instances where they have  done something for the Environment  (for e.g. planted a tree, used something eco friendly, done something for the environment, contributed to issues like global warming, pollution, etc. in anyways.)

This contest can be played on Twitter or Facebook. Needless to say playing on Twitter and Facebook both will increase the chances of winning.

On Twitter

Step 1: Upload a Photograph of yours where you have done something for the environment via http://www.tweetphoto.com or a video via http://www.twitvid.com

Step 2: I participated in “Go Green Show Green” Contest http://bit.ly/2iXUnJ. #GoGreen Check this  <link to the picture on tweet photo/video>.

Step 3: Tweet this: talk about you going green with the hash tag #Gogreen <link to the contest page>. Please Vote and get people RT it

The winner will be decided on these parameters:

 No. of  RTs and @ replies you get

 No. of Positive Votes you can source on your photo upload on  tweetphoto.com

On Facebook:

Step 1: Upload a Photograph/Video of yours doing something for the environment with the following Post on the Fern Ecotel Page :

Post: I participated in “Go Green Show Green” Contest http://bit.ly/2iXUnJ. Here is how I’ve gone green. Tell me how is it?

Step 2: Also you can update your own status or post more on the Fern Ecotel Page to get more people Liking and Commenting on your posts.

The winner will be decided on these parameters:

 No. of  Likes they get

 The no. of Positive Comments they get (Per User One Comment)

Guidelines
1. To enter contest, retweet the specified tweet and include the hashtag #Gogreen when tweeting anything about the event.
2. Two winners will be selected and announced on <DATE>
3. Winners get a free stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel, An Ecotel, Jaipur
4. There is no specific date to ‘redeem’ your prize. That is, if selected as winner, you can make your trip on any day during <Date>
5. In case, a winner can’t make it to the venue during the specified duration, the prize will be considered unclaimed and won’t be compensated in some other way.
6. If you’ve got questions ask us @fernecotel or http://www.facebook.com/fernecotel

Guidelines

1. To enter contest, retweet the specified tweet and include the hashtag #GoGreen when tweeting anything about the event.

2. Two winners will be selected and announced on 31/10/09

3. Winners get a free stay for 2N/3D days at The Fern Hotel, An Ecotel, Jaipur

4. There is no specific date to ‘redeem’ your prize. That is, if selected as winner, you can make your trip on any day during the specified dates.

5. In case, a winner can’t make it to the venue during the specified duration, the prize will be considered unclaimed and won’t be compensated in some other way.

6. If you’ve got questions ask us @fernecotel or http://www.facebook.com/fernecotel

Five Minutes Of World Silence – Courtesy A Tweleve Year Old Girl

The following is the transcript of the speech that Severn Suzuki gave to the Plenary Session at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio Centro, Brazil. Severn was twelve years old. SASS feels there is no better example of a young person standing up and speaking on behalf of something in which they truly believe, for the betterment of themselves and the world around them.

Hello, I’m Severn Suzuki speaking for E.C.O. – The Environmental Children’s Organisation.

We are a group of twelve and thirteen-year-olds from Canada trying to make a difference:
Vanessa Suttie, Morgan Geisler, Michelle Quigg and me. We raised all the money ourselves to come six thousand miles to tell you adults you must change your ways. Coming here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future.

Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come.

I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard.

I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go. We cannot afford to be not heard.

I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the holes in the ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it.

I used to go fishing in Vancouver with my dad until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear about animals and plants going exinct every day — vanishing forever.

In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals, jungles and rainforests full of birds and butterfilies, but now I wonder if they will even exist for my children to see.

Did you have to worry about these little things when you were my age?

All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you!

* You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer.
* You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream.
* You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct.
* And you can’t bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert.

If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!

Here, you may be delegates of your governments, business people, organisers, reporters or poiticians – but really you are mothers and fathers, brothers and sister, aunts and uncles – and all of you are somebody’s child.
I’m only a child yet I know we are all part of a family, five billion strong, in fact, 30 million species strong and we all share the same air, water and soil — borders and governments will never change that.

I’m only a child yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.

In my anger, I am not blind, and in my fear, I am not afraid to tell the world how I feel.

In my country, we make so much waste, we buy and throw away, buy and throw away, and yet northern countries will not share with the needy. Even when we have more than enough, we are afraid to lose some of our wealth, afraid to share.

In Canada, we live the privileged life, with plenty of food, water and shelter — we have watches, bicycles, computers and television sets.

Two days ago here in Brazil, we were shocked when we spent some time with some children living on the streets. And this is what one child told us: “I wish I was rich and if I were, I would give all the street children food, clothes, medicine, shelter and love and affection.”

If a child on the street who has nothing, is willing to share, why are we who have everyting still so greedy?

I can’t stop thinking that these children are my age, that it makes a tremendous difference where you are born, that I could be one of those children living in the Favellas of Rio; I could be a child starving in Somalia; a victim of war in the Middle East or a beggar in India.

I’m only a child yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on ending poverty and finding environmental answers, what a wonderful place this earth would be!

At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us:

* not to fight with others,
* to work things out,
* to respect others,
* to clean up our mess,
* not to hurt other creatures
* to share – not be greedy.

Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do?

Do not forget why you’re attending these conferences, who you’re doing this for — we are your own children. You are deciding what kind of world we will grow up in. Parents should be able to comfort their children by saying “everyting’s going to be alright”, “we’re doing the best we can” and “it’s not the end of the world”.

But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My father always says “You are what you do, not what you say.”

Well, what you do makes me cry at night. You grown ups say you love us. I challenge you, please make your actions reflect your words. Thank you for listening

Transcript source: http://www.sustainablestyle.org/sass/heirbrains/03suzuki.html