Pick a challenge

Practice what you preach. Doing so is tough. Admitting this is not just humbling but also reassuring.

To obsess over perfection stalls us to take those steps we need to take to do what aligns with our values.

So, pick a challenge, take a pledge. Take your time. Learn and apply. Take inspiration if you are stuck. Take the no-straw challenge for instance. Watch Pooja Navale take the challenge and inspire others.

It’s alright, we are not perfect. Someone wise once said perfection is the enemy of good.

If you forget, remind yourself again and pick up where you left.

Not sure where to begin? Here’s a great resource from OneWorldWeek –  Living-for-One-World-pledges with plenty of challenges.

Find out what environmental issues we are facing today. Prioritize. Prioritizing can be difficult. I for one have my hands in many pots: reducing consumption, not wasting food, buying ethical and eco-friendly products, reducing my waste footprint, recycle, plant more, conserve water and energy, conserve and reuse paper, support local community initiatives, buy organic, share inspiring stories, etc.

Game on!


Is it worth recycling everything?


I once talked about how one can get carried away, in the name of saving the planet, being safe, and all that jazz (Keeping an open mind, dated Feb 19, 2013). There’s more to it than just Chemophobia and Global Warming. How about some ‘political economy of recycling’?

Is recycling worthPreconceived notions about sustainability and being a part of the green revolution as a victim of mass hysteria, can actually do more harm than good. I would like to cite an example and a wonderful article by Michael C. Munger.

Link to the article: Recycling: Can It Be Wrong, When It Feels So Right?

How’s the recycling scenario in India? Dharavi is a land of opportunities when it comes to recycling. This is where 80 per cent of Mumbai’s plastic waste is given a new life.While, business as usual goes on in Dharavi, environmentalists are creating awareness and raising concerns in Navi Mumbai. The Green Hotel Conference on June 7 was held at Meluha the Fern in Powai, the first-ever meet to discuss environment in hospitality and how to conserve our ecosystem and also reduce water wastage in the field of hotel hospitality (TOI).

The exhibition exclusively for Solid Waste Management and Recycling in India, considers waste in India is big business. This is even more evident considering what Shri Palaniappan Chidambaram said in presenting the country’s fiscal 2013-14 budget proposal to Parliament, that “India tosses out several-thousand [metric] tons of garbage each day. We will evolve a scheme to encourage cities and municipalities to take up waste-to-energy projects in the [public-private partnership] mode, which would be neutral to different technologies.” (Source: Plastics News)

A good friend introduced me to Attero once. Attero (Latin for waste) is India’s largest integrated end to end electronics asset management company.