SAVE WATER TO SAVE CLIMATE.

With increasing heat, our desire to take a shower every hour increases too. We prefer taking long leisurely showers, and that is probably the worst thing we can do to the environment.

The relationship between water and climate has always been significant and day by day this relationship is falling out of shape. Since the Industrial Revolution, carbon levels have increased 2.5 times to more than 400 parts per million at present, said Michael Freilich, Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, in a call with reporters Thursday. That is higher than it has been in the last 400,000 years.

As the earth’s temperature continues to rise, we can expect a significant impact on our fresh water supplies with the potential for devastating effects on these resources.  As temperatures increase, evaporation increases, sometimes resulting in droughts. The US is currently in one of the most severe, multi-state, multi-year droughts in decades.

In addition, rising temperatures are melting glacial ice at an unprecedented rate. Glaciers are an important source of freshwater worldwide, and some, like those at Glacier National Park, are in danger of disappearing within the 21st century.  Once these glaciers have melted away, they can’t be restored. Areas that previously depended on glaciers for freshwater will then have to seek other sources.

Did you know every year 2.7 billion people experience water scarcity each year?

With increasing carbon footprint, the shortage of water is bond to increase even more in till 2025. 68% of carbon footprint is generated while water filtration due to the amount of electricity used for the process is very high.

How can we save water?

Answer is quite simple. Every day the amount of water wasted after our showers and other daily activities needs to be taken under control. Water your garden early morning so the water does not get absorbed. Make sure there is no leakage in your pipeline. Such small steps in our daily life can help us save environment. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns. Adding organic material to your soil will help increase its absorption and water retention. Install a rain barrel at your house. Rainwater harvest is a great way to keep your plants hydrated without turning on the hose or sprinkler.

These small initiatives taken by every individual can lead us towards a better future. One such initiative taken by ICCE is Green (R)evolution that aims to spread awareness about the climate change problem. Join us to save the environment.

 

LEAD LIKE A WOMAN.

Every little girl with a dream becomes a woman with a vision.

We have finally broken the so-called female boundary. Nowadays from small girl to youth, females have ambitions and small dreams are the foundation for great success. Everyone has a right to dream, whether girl or boy it doesn’t matter.

Long gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. The new generation women across the world have overcome all negative notions and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life including the most intricate and cumbersome world of entrepreneurship.

Women have come a long way from just being homemakers. Narendra Modi’s start up friendly environment in the country has proved to be a blessing for female entrepreneurs and instrumental in fighting gender stereotyping in the business community.

If we look in to 1950s, females had only a few roles; teacher, nurse, cook and seamstress are the most common among them. In rare occasions, there may be some other occupations which were out of the boundary put down for females, like doctors and scientist.

But today the trend has changed. Women are determined to build their own path. We refuse to be dominated. Even though every now and then we come across cases where women are assaulted, we are determined to bring a change. Be it Suchi Mukherjee, Vandana Luthra or Ekta Kapoor, women are creating a trend to protect themselves with their own money. Women are breaking through the chains and aim to build their own identity.

Both men and women are free to be sensitive. Both men and women are free to be strong.

 

GO GREEN WITH YOUR CLOSET.

Every morning, looking at our giant closet the first thing that comes to our mind is “I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WEAR, I NEED TO SHOP”.

Then magically we take our new Zara dress, slip into our Jimmy Choo and we are off to shop.

But what we don’t realize is that subconsciously we are contributing for carbon footprints which lead to global warming. According to a recent survey, to convert raw materials into finished products, textiles use at least 8000 toxic chemicals. This human impact has devastated life on our planet, leaving a very large footprint – and that’s just the creation process. Based on the life span of any given product, the remaining half of the ecological footprint occurs after the garment is purchased.

Global awareness of our carbon footprint is steadily on the rise. The world population is developing a fundamental understanding of the need for ecologically sound practices. Choices for sustainable, eco clothes keep that momentum rolling.

So what changes can we do?

Going green with your closet is a simple way to protect our environment. By making small changes in our shopping techniques we can make big a difference.

Before buying a cloth make sure to check the material. Bamboo, silk, organic cotton, soy, hemp are one of the few natural, eco-friendly fabrics on the market. Before you shop, it’s best to know the ins and outs of each.

When we purchase merchandise from a brand, we are not just buying a piece of clothing or a statement necklace. We are also indirectly giving our seal of approval on its labor and environmental practices. We need to know more about the brands we tend to wear. Visit their websites and check the label before supporting them.

Wash with care. Buy green laundry detergent. It does the same job without the harsh, synthetic chemicals that harm the environment and pose health hazards. To save energy, wash on low heat and line dry.
If you need to dry clean your clothes, search for an eco-friendly, organic cleaner in your neighborhood that doesn’t use perchloroethylene (perc), a common chemical used by many traditional dry cleaners. It’s been listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the Clean Air Act and a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

These minor changes in our daily life might be noticeable to us but they would show their effect in long term.

A small contribution towards the growing problem of global warming, by International Centre of Culture and Education (ICCE) is Green(R)evolution. Join our initiative to protect the environment.

MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE TO AN ENTREPRENEUR: MENTOR


You can’t be expected to assemble the plane alone; that’s where good mentors can help.

An entrepreneur can never reach his goal alone. Entrepreneurs are constantly breaking rules and making mistakes in an effort to drive their businesses forward. For this reason, having a mentor is invaluable.

Mentoring ensures that knowledge, experience, and hard-won insight transfers from one person to another through personal interaction over time. While your own great ideas are essential to your new business, with an experienced mentor at your side, you will have one of the most powerful assets any new businessperson can ever have. A mentor’s advice will help you to take action on your imperfect “good plan” because they can give you extra confidence to move forward without hesitation. A good mentor helps you think through your business plan, suggest you ways to generate your startup capital and provides the experience you lack. They have the knowledge and skill that can keep you focused.

Remember though, a mentor cannot guarantee you success. They only guide you through your journey and advise you throughout your entrepreneur career. They can only show the right direction, but end result lies on the entrepreneur.

At ICCE, through our Entrepreneur Vision program, we try to guide potential entrepreneur in establishing up their startup. We help them to understand the requirements of a business and direct them towards success.

 

EAT ORGANIC FOR ENVIRONMENT.

When we are walking down the aisle of the departmental store or wandering around the farmer’s market, we are so focused on shopping vegetables and groceries that would add nutrients and proteins in our diet; we tend to overlook how the production of these goods is effecting the environment.  Food production includes certain growing or raising practices, packaging and shipping; all these steps involve the emission of carbon and other greenhouse gases. While we are focused on living a healthy diet, we lose the sight of the effects we are leaving on our environment.

Food can be grown and raised organically or by conventional methods that use chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic agriculture is aimed at preserving the environment, biodiversity; supporting animal health and welfare and only using approved materials. Choosing organic food simply means buying food products that are grown without using any synthetic or artificial products. The best way to avoid these products is to buy local production of food. Eating locally reduces your carbon footprint by minimizing emissions from transport.

In the past decade, diets and eating trends have exploded in the mainstream. Everyone is trying something new or has some kind of sensitivity to a common food. Our lives have begun to revolve around the management of our eating habits as we become more obsessed and invested in our own, and our families’ diets. With our changing lifestyle, we are all focused on achieving our fitness goals. This, as result, has increased the consumption of proteins and thereby meat. Between 2010 and 2016, the meat consumption has increased 10 times.

So what if it is too much meat?

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group showed that the production of red meat produces 10 to 40 times the amount of greenhouse gasses as the production of vegetables and grains. Antibiotic and pesticide contamination, high use of fossil fuels, excessive water use, and mass deforestation are some of the horrific byproducts of meat production. The risks to clean and sustainable land, water, and air are increasing at an alarming rate.

We don’t need to go turn into vegetarians or vegans to save environment. Reduce your daily intake of meat and animal products like dairy, eggs, and fish to 1-2 servings. Explore other protein options from the plant kingdom. Buy meat from sustainable and bio-diverse producers and only in the portions needed for you and your family.

With increasing awareness about saving environment around globe, different communities have started taking initiatives to protect environment through innovative measures. One such initiative taken by International Centre of Culture and Education (ICCE) is Green(R)evolution , which spreads knowledge about protecting environment from global warming. Follow us to know more about protecting environment from our own hazardous habits.

 

EMBRACE FAILURE AND THRIVE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR.

The most typical stereotype statement we hear is “DON’T FAIL”…

But what we actually fail to understand is that failure is an asset. It might come with a liability of disappointment but builds the hunger to grow. Entrepreneurs are born with the nature of curiosity. Their curiosity to experiment with their venture, try dynamic environment might prove “Curiosity killed the cat” appropriate. But every entrepreneur get his hands burned time to time.

Failure should not be confused with quitting.

Without a doubt, the first entrepreneurial failure will always be most painful and regretful. Much like heartbreak, however, the process of recovering from failure gets easier with each subsequent failure and each teaches you something new as you evolve as an entrepreneur. While nobody should aspire to fail continually, understanding that you can and will survive only makes you a more effective and confidence entrepreneur.

Fear of failure is a valid fear and shared by many. If we embrace it, understand it, and allow it to motivate us, one will find that fear of failure is something that will make you a better entrepreneur. Some failures are true learning opportunities that give birth to a disciplined innovation and experimentation process; others are the outcomes of very poor decision making. We need to understand that failure can never be avoided. To grow and taste success one should first fight their fear of failing and discover the ladder of success from each hurdle.

TRUMP’S BAD DECISION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

For the historic breakout of Paris Agreement, tremendous credit was given to one nation who brought the world together- THE UNITED STATES.

The Trump’s presidency though marks a new era. Being one of the largest economies, President Donald Trump’s decision to exit from Paris Agreement brought chaos in the country. This decision is believed to hurt America more than any other nation as it is a sign of withdrawal from the role of world leader. And providing China an opportunity to step up for the role. According to President Trump his responsibility is only towards the citizen of America and their well being, not towards the world. But the real question is does Americans feel the same way?

The mayors of 82 cities, including Los Angeles, Boston New York and Chicago, have together pledged their support for the agreement – as have the states of California (by itself the sixth-largest economy in the world), New York and Washington have shown their disagreement towards Trump’s by claiming their democracy and taking the responsibility towards their environment and supporting Paris Agreement.

Trump’s misguided decision can fuel resentment toward the U.S. and make things more difficult for American business.

Businesses want to locate where their markets are. By pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Trump sends them clear signal that clean energy companies should look elsewhere. That being the reason many investors and CEOs tried urging the president to stay in.

Companies such as Citigroup are already stating the private sector should be able to participate in the Paris climate deal. Many of them have emissions reductions targets similar to the Paris commitments made by nations.

Women and men alike are determined to stand up for their children and adopt clean energy in their own lives, they will join the myriad cities, states, companies and nations around the world who are leading the way to a cleaner, healthier future – even as the president tries to go backward.

Where Paris Agreement has decided to go with the change with or without America, it is our duty to support the commission by making small changes in our lifestyle for a better future.

To fight against climate change on initiative taken by International Center of Culture and Education is   Green (R)evolution. This initiative encourages us towards a better future and makes aware about our problem and solutions to fight with them. Join us and be a part of our initiative.