GREEN CAPITAL OF EUROPE: Denmark was the first country in the world to enact an environmental law. Its capital, Copenhagen boasts of a unique collaboration of its residents, institutions and government in making it one of the world’s most environment friendly cities in the world. It aims at becoming carbon neutral by 2025 by increasing the use of renewable energy sources. About 40% of its population uses bicycles to commute over its 350 km long network of bicycle paths. To further facilitate fast, safe and pleasant bike rides, the municipality is building ‘greenways’ (interconnected bicycle routes) which cover more than 100 km from one end of the city to the other. The large offshore wind turbine farm generates 4% of the city’s electricity. The city is harnessing solar and sound energy as well. Organic food is very popular—one in every ten purchases is organic, accounting for 45% of all food consumption in the city. Copenhagen is one of the few places in Europe where the inner harbour allows people to swim in its waters which are effectively cleaned by sewage treatment plants. In June 2010, the municipality enforced a mandatory green roof policy which requires vegetation and soil to cover the roofs of all new buildings.
GREEN POWER The concept of eco-city was introduced by Richard Register in his book “Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future (1987).” The features of an eco-friendly city are: Pollution is kept to the minimum. Use of fossil fuels is reduced or eliminated. Renewable energy sources like wind turbines, solar panels, bio-gas from sewage etc., are used. Waste is recycled. Buildings are built in accordance with green norms. At least 20 percent of the city surface is covered with water features and green space. Energy-efficient public transport, footpaths and biking routes reduce the use of cars.
JEANS FROM GARBAGE: A label on a pair of waste<Less denim jeans made by a top American manufacturer proudly announces: “These jeans are made of garbage.” The company has taken the lead in reusing the massive amounts of plastic waste produced by modern society. In the U.S. alone, around a million plastic bottles are used every twenty minutes. Where, only a minuscule amount, less than 30 percent, is recycled. The company’s partial solution to the problem was to create two lines of clothing—jeans and trucker jackets—that contain 20 percent recycled plastic. The plastic bottles and food trays collected from dumps are cleaned, sorted and crushed into flakes. A special technology then spins the plastic into polyester fibre. It is blended with cotton fibre, then woven into yarn to create the denim. The denim looks and feels like traditional denim except that the colour of the plastic used. The company reused more than 3.6 million bottles and food trays for the 300,000 Waste<Less jeans and jackets produced in 2013.
The word Lynch—“Lynching” once meant any kind of on-the-spot punishment without trial, through flogging. Today, it means to thrash someone in a mob frenzy without a trial. From William Lynch, the author of ‘Lynch’s Law.’ The ‘law’ was an agreement with the Virginia General Assembly in 1782 that allowed Lynch to capture and punish criminals in Pittsylvania County without trial. The county had no official courts.
Oscar—‘Statuette is awarded for excellence in film acting, directing etc, given annually since 1928 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.’ The name Óscar’ was first applied to the statuette in 1936. The story: Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s librarian, took a look at the first statuette and said: ‘He reminds me of my Uncle Oscar!’ Her uncle was Oscar Pierce, and the statuette was named Oscar. Remember big things have small beginnings.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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GLOOM BEHIND THE SMILE
(The book is about a young cancer patient. Now archived in 7 prestigious libraries of the US, including, Harvard University and Library of Congress. It can also be accessed in MIT through Worldcat.org. Besides, it is also available for reading in Libraries and archives of Canada and Cancer Aid and Research Foundation Mumbai)
ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY
(Is a book on ‘singlehood’ about a Delhi girl now archived in Connemara Library, Chennai and Delhi Public Library, GOI, Ministry of Culture, Delhi)
AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES
(Is a fiction written around the great city of Nawabs—Lucknow. It describes Lucknow in great detail and also talks about its Hindu-Muslim amity. That happens to be its undying characteristic. The book was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival of 2014)
REFRACTIONS … FROM THE PRISM OF GOD
(Co-published by Cankids–Kidscan, a pan India NGO and Shravan Charity Mission, that works for Child cancer in India. The book is endorsed by Ms Preetha Reddy, MD Apollo Hospitals Group. It was launched in Lucknow International Literary Festival 2016)
TYPICAL TALE OF AN INDIAN SALESMAN
(Is a story of an Indian salesman who is, humbly qualified. Yet he fights his ways through unceasing uncertainties to reach the top. A good read not only for salesmen. The book was launched on 10th February, 2018 in Gorakhpur Lit-Fest. Now available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)
RHYTHM … in poems
(Published in January 2019. The book contains 50 poems. The poems describe our day to day life. The book is available in Amazon, Flipkart and Onlinegatha)
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