The Ambuja Cement Ltd. has continued to scale up its efforts towards conserving water resources as part of its commitment towards sustainable development. The Company has been working to build more robust and effective water resource management approaches in and around its operation areas so as to conserve water resource amidst growing global water scarcity. Aligned with its Group LafargeHolcim's Sustainable Development 2030 Plan covering Climate, Circular Economy, Water & Nature, and People & Communities; Ambuja Cement has already achieved 5.5 times Water Positive status – the highest in the industry in India – with its integrated plants in water-scarce Rajasthan and Gujarat clocking water index of 17.7 times and 12.7 times respectively. Internationally renowned external ce
Fortis Hospital in Mulund, Mumbai had launched a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign on save water, save life during December 2015. The campaign was aimed at creating awareness on water conservation and planning. This initiative, through an 'Influence the Influencer Programme' targeted housing societies to bring about a change in Mumbaikar’s outlook on water conservation by conducting highly engaging workshops across Thane, Mulund, Bhandup and beyond areas. The 'Save Water, Save Life' campaign also conducted workshops which helped impart information and find indigenous solutions for meeting water-related demands. An integral part of the programme was to sensitize the next generation for water conservation. According to Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai loses a sh
The past week witnessed the celebrations of two important and inter-connected days of environmental importance. 21st March marked the observance of World Forestry Day, supported by all members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. World Forestry Day has been celebrated since 1972 as a day to highlight the importance of forests and calling for urgent attention towards the protection and preservation of 'our forest heritage'. The very next day, 22nd March 2012 was celebrated as World Water Day (WWD), also in coordination with the FAO. World Water Day 2012 was themed on 'Water and Food Security' and highlighted the importance of securing water resources for feeding the rapidly increasing global population. WWD 2012 was also more significant this year as it ...
After land, our water bodies are now facing tremendous stress: industries, urban 'development', increasing population, imperfect legislation, scores of wetlands, lakes, rivers and waterways are threatened by such projects and pressures. On one hand, cities across India struggle to meet the insatiable water demands of their people; on the other, real estate and industry are eyeing wetlands and water bodies, while regulators look the other way. According to the Directory of Asian Wetlands (1989), India has 27,403 wetlands,covering an estimated area of 4.1 million hectare. A survey by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) says that they are disappearing at a rate of 2 to 3% every year. Some of the recent cases of transgression include the Nirma cememt factory in Bhavnagar, Guja...
Aerial image of farms along River Yamuna near Majnu Ka Tila downstream of Wazirabad barrage. If we are what we eat, and some of what we eat comes from farming on the Yamuna River floodplains, then we are pretty much what the status of river Yamuna in Delhi is! The vegetables and produce grown on the banks of the Yamuna river in Delhi is largely irrigated by the river water which accumulate all toxic chemicals from the water into them. When we consume these vegetables, these chemicals and toxins enter our body and keep on accumulating before they cause any serious damage to our organs. Unfortunately, when you go to the market, there is no real way of telling which vegetable comes from the Yamuna floodplain and which from elsewhere. This World Water Day 2011, we therefore urge yo
One Water, One World The importance of water for life and environment has always been felt even before man appeared on this Planet. For life itself evolved in water and would not have come about, as we know it today, without it. Water is being harvested in India since the ancient period. The need of conservation and management of water was felt even by the people of the Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, about 5000 years ago. Water today is getting increasingly scarce with the issue being not really of availability but access. Realizing that water conservation is the need of the hour, here are the few water saving tips: Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks. Water your garden in the morning or evening when t
The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) has joined hands with the Ministry of Power to announce a painting competition on Water Conservation. This competition will be conducted on the parameters similar to the ongoing competition of Bureau of Energy Efficiency to hunt for India’s Energy Efficiency Star. The method of participation and other modalities will remain the same. The Ministry of Water Resources is responsible for laying down policy guidelines and programmes for the development and regulation of country's water resources. And this step has been taken to raise awareness and seriousness among the young generation about the importance of water conservation and issues that the nation as a whole is facing at present. The themes selected for the painting competition are as
Sacrificing the enchanting Renuka Lake for giving more water to Delhi Delhi is the seat of power of the world’s largest democracy. It is also one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. A city of cities, this strategically located conurbation--with the last of the visible Aravalli Ridge on one side and river Yamuna on the other--has been the capital of many an Empires that ruled India and the Indian sub-continent from time to time. Delhi has also been tackling the impacts of climate change and like all major urban centers in the developing countries, the city is gearing up to meet the sustainability crisis. Delhi is witnessing a large-scale influx of rural population which is the result of both an ever increasing population trend and livelihood failure in rural India
Here's wishing everyone a colourful and well meant Holi hoping it is celebrated with all the natural colours and a judicious and well thought of use of water! Haven't we played enough? Image source: over the Internet
This year’s theme for World Environment Day (WED) is Your Planet Needs You! UNite to Combat Climate Change. But too often we are presented with environmental problems without being given the tools to act. WED is about taking action to be a part of the solution. And the 30 Daily do something Tips below are a great start. We can all do our part to protect the planet by using less and acting more. Going green is not as difficult as you might think. Here we walk you through 30 easy ways to green your daily routine, from the moment you hit snooze on your solar-powered alarm clock to the point when you crawl into your eco-washed, organic cotton sheets. Make your WED commitment today. But don’t stop at today and don’t stop here. Try to incorporate all of these into your life as a matter of