World Environment Day: Save Planet Earth

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Today is June 5 and World Environment Day. Coming 45 days after Earth Day (April 22), since 1974, this date has been associated with World Environment Day. It is, like Earth Day, celebrated each year, engaging governments, businesses and citizens in a global effort to address pressing environmental issues around the world.

For too long, we have been exploiting and destroying the ecosystems of planet Earth. As the UN says, every three seconds the world loses enough forest to cover a football field and over the past century we have destroyed half of our wetlands. Up to 50 percent of our coral reefs have already been lost and up to 90 percent of coral reefs could be lost by 2050, even if global warming is limited to an increase of 1.5 ° C.

Restoring ecosystems means preventing, stopping and reversing this damage – moving from exploiting nature to healing it. This World Environment Day will launch the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration, a global mission to revive billions of hectares, from forests to farmland, from mountain tops to the depths of the sea.

Restoring ecosystems means helping to recover ecosystems that have been degraded or destroyed, as well as conserving ecosystems that are still intact (Image: UN & CIFOR).

Only with healthy ecosystems can we improve people’s livelihoods, tackle climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.

Remember, Environment Day takes place every day, wherever you are. And in a time of climate change, this is the last call for a healthier planet – it’s the only one we have.

UN Secretary-General: “Let’s reach zero net emissions by 2050.”
In his address to the Ministerial Meeting on Clean Energy held in Chile on June 2, Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, said: “I thank the Government of Chile for hosting the sixth ministerial meeting. of Mission Innovation and for launching Mission Innovation 2.0. Mission Innovation plays a crucial role in accelerating solutions to deal with climate change. We agree on our common goal: to reduce global emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. ”

He added: “To do this, we must act quickly. First, by building a global coalition for net zero emissions by mid-century. Every country, every city and every industry must participate. Second, all countries – starting with major emitters – should submit more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions for mitigation, adaptation and finance. Third, these plans must be supported by concrete actions and policies for the next 10 years that are aligned with net zero emissions by 2050. ”

“The energy sector is at the heart of it all. Phasing out coal is the most important step in meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target. I welcome the G7’s commitment to phase out domestic and international funding for coal. We must now see the G20 follow suit.

This decade must also be the decade in which renewable energies take precedence over fossil fuels. Countries need to shift fossil fuel subsidies to renewable energy. Net-zero electricity systems must be the norm in advanced economies by 2035 and in the world by 2040. Technology and economics are on our side.

How to stretch every liter of fuel or plug in electric vehicles
Today, 47 years after the creation of Environment Day, the automotive and other industries are seized with the immensity of the environmental issue. Vehicle and component manufacturers are adopting new materials, technologies and processes for light vehicles to get the most out of every liter of fuel, motorists who still fill up with fossil fuel can also do their part to save gasoline and diesel. Or shift their focus from automotive to electrified vehicles. All with the aim of avoiding pollution and saving planet Earth.

As is known, India Auto Inc, remarkably, in the space of just three years, completed the technology upgrade to BS VI, which started on April 1, 2020. Since then, car manufacturers, suppliers and the The whole ecosystem is constantly working. towards reducing emissions. Professional CoachThe recent virtual conclave of “Meeting the challenges of emissions”, held on April 28-29, saw over 20 top industry experts debate and discuss the green way ahead, the need to ‘stable policy and adoption of the latest technology.

Do your part for planet Earth. . . slash shows
Meanwhile, the cost of the fossil fuel automobile is only going one way – on the rise. Gasoline and diesel prices, already at record highs across India, continue to rise every two days. While we can’t do anything about the price of fuel, we can offer you some tips on how to increase your car’s fuel economy. Follow these 10 practical tips to improve car efficiency and get the best kilometers per liter from your car.

Tip 1: Remove the weight
Remove the excess weight. Get unwanted bulky items out of the car, like that golf bag you wear for the weekend, and forget to get out for the rest of the week. Plus, if the kids stay at home, so will their teddy bears.

Tip 2: Reduce drag
Remove the external transport kit such as roof boxes when not in use. The car has to work harder to cut the air because of the additional wind resistance these elements create.

Tip 3: Basic maintenance
Keep your car well maintained and serviced regularly. Inflate your tires to reduce drag and have the car serviced regularly.

Tip 4: Plan your trips
Plan your trip. Avoid traffic black spots and rush hour if possible, and take out the map or satellite navigation to avoid getting lost and driving further than necessary.

Tip 5: Turn off the air conditioning
Unless it’s really cold or too hot in the car, leave the air conditioning turned off. Using it can put strain on the engine and burn more fuel, especially at low speeds. The same goes for heated windshields, fog lights and other electrical devices.

Tip 6: Change early
Be gentle and change gears early. Accelerate and brake slowly and shift up a gear as soon as possible. As a general rule of thumb, switch to 2,000 rpm for diesel and 2,500 rpm for gasoline, without letting the engine struggle at low revs.

Tip 7: Use the engine stop / start
Many modern cars come with engine stop and start technology which can be great if you let it run properly. Sit down with your foot on the clutch and the engine will continue to burn fuel; remove it and you will save money and fuel.

Tip 8: Obey the speed limit
Obey the speed limit it helps to save fuel. When appropriate, driving at a constant speed of 80 kilometers per hour (km / h) instead of 110 km / h can improve fuel economy by 25%.

Tip 9: Read the road
Use gravity to your advantage and increase your momentum on the descent to help you go up, rather than accelerating more to go up the hill. The best way to do this is to read the road as if you were on a stroller and accelerate accordingly.

Tip 10: Use gravity
Look far while driving and keep moving forward if possible, anticipating obstacles. It’s better to release the throttle and keep the momentum going than to accelerate, brake and start all over again.

Tip 11: Go electric
If you really want to make a difference, as much for your conscience as for your wallet, then think of electric vehicle (EV). While the initial cost of an electric vehicle (whether on four or two wheels) is higher, electric vehicle manufacturers and the government are working on strategies to reduce it. But in terms of greener driving, it’s a smart way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and also lower CO2 levels.

Yes, there are challenges in the form of inadequate charging infrastructure in India, few electric vehicles on offer, but that is expected to change in the future. A greener.

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