How would you like it if you were suffocating?

Wait..why this question?

We’re here to discuss climate change, not get targeted.

Yes. But as Elon Musk aptly puts it, “We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.” 

Yes you guessed it right, the topic for the day is CARBON DIOXIDE.

Why is it such a big deal? It’s just another gas and the plants absorb it anyways.

How is it causing havoc in the first place?

This is how it goes: The sun emits heat energy in the form of Ultraviolet rays and visible light. While the earth makes its own effort in keeping the atmosphere cool by emitting part of it as infra red rays, gases like carbon dioxide manage to trap some of the heat and make the atmosphere warm.

So it’s simple, the greater the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the warmer the surface of the earth, because the plants can’t absorb all of it!

CO2 (emitted highest when compared to other heat absorbing greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide) is added to the atmosphere in large quantities by human activities like burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas, deforestation, and cement production for rapid urbanization.

It is a vicious cycle that will only come back to bite us if not controlled.

The figure below gives a depiction of the cyclic changes the whole process can cause:

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It is important that every single individual plays a role in controlling this, because gases do not stay in one place after emission.

Humanity has suffocated the earth enough, it’s high time we try and let it breathe now.

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Do you have what it takes?

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The first thought that haunts every aspiring entrepreneur is, “Have I got what it takes?”

The idea of having your dream company sure is flowery, but there are months and years of grueling days and sleepless nights that go into taking it where you aspire to.

So what do these successful entrepreneurs have that always keeps them a step ahead of the others? What gives them the edge?

Over the next series of posts, let us uncover some of the major skills that can turn a yearning idea into a successful company.

The most important skill you need to be successful, irrespective of your college education or any sort of training is perseverance. The first things that we ever learnt in our lives, how to walk, to talk, to eat, have all been through constant effort. Focus, on that one goal and then build your short term objectives around it.

Learn from your mistakes. Take the lesson. Move ahead.

You are allowed to fall, but if you don’t hold the passion to stand back up, you never will.

Most aspiring entrepreneurs get diverted by the small obstacles that come their way and instead of thinking more about the long term goals, they start focusing on what comes next. NO. No business always works as planned but perseverance will keep you going even when the going gets tough. Halt, plan and change what needs to be changed.

It is the flexibility to adapt that will keep you moving in bleak outlooks.

Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take you to accomplish it, the time will pass anyway.”

 

Corporate skills the “secret” ingredient?

While on one side it is the harsh reality that our education system still has a long way to go to learn and disseminate awareness about the idea that “grades do not decide a child’s future”, one bright ray of hope is the rising awareness in students imbibing corporate/soft skills.

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What exactly are corporate skills?

Corporate skills are interpersonal skills that a person uses to interact with another – from communication to listening to gestures to stance.

Corporate skills are slowly becoming a necessity by aiding an individual in prepping up for upcoming corporate culture after he/she gets a job.

There are multiple benefits in empowering a student with corporate skills. He/She learns to have

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So, how do you get involved in scenarios that help you develop your corporate skills?

Step Out: While grades can be important, so can extracurricular opportunities – take part in competitions, organize things, be a part of a team, make presentations, do whatever it takes to talk and interact with more people. The more you do that, the better you get at it.

In short, make yourself available to trying new things. You never know what might just click, and in the meanwhile, you will be in the pink of your preparations to face the corporate world.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

For one such opportunity that is now knocking on your door, check out ICCE Green (R)evolution Certification Programme and join hands with people who believe in standing out of the crowd!

Too young to be an entrepreneur? Think again.

Once upon a time…

Was a time not too long ago when one would rack his brains off for trying to take the road less traveled and begin a venture of his own. Entered a tangy twist of some leaders and creators of impactful business firms and there began a revolution where the economy that was filled with fishes that went with the flow turned into one that had those that dared to take a risk to go against it.

 

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So what is it like to be an entrepreneur? And why isn’t every other person one?

Being an entrepreneur (Auhn-treh-pre-nurr) is to be someone who starts a business or businesses of his own by involving a risk of sales or profits.

But then again, why isn’t everybody one?

Because becoming an entrepreneur has its own daunting challenges. First comes the rebuke from the kith and kin followed by lack of awareness and then lack of the investment required. The problem here is that for ages Indians have nourished the idea that it is always more “secure” to join hands with a job creator than to attempt to create jobs of your own. One is called “unsettled” or “unstable” in life if he is attempting to initiate something of his own.

But to add to the brighter side of the picture, the young blood is today breaking these stereotypes and taking risks to work on its own dream projects than to fuel the growth of another’s. Pff..might as well drown in your sweat and blood for your own self, eh?

Where does it all begin then?

An idea. One good idea is where it all begins. If you keep your mind open, it comes to you at the most unexpected time.

So you have an idea, what next?

Ideas don’t last too long if you don’t work on them. There is investment needed- time, energy and a lot of times, money. The secret is to make the idea a reality before it crosses its expiry.

If you are still one of those who is backing out from taking a risk just because of the stereotypes of the society, weigh the following benefits of taking a risk and making it happen and compare it to what you gain from a “secure” job:

  1. YOU are the representation of your brand. No one else gets to hog on the benefits of your hard work. You become the employe-r instead of the employe-e.
  2. You get to choose how things work instead of others delegating them to you.
  3. You can enjoy hobbies and family time better.
  4. It is one of the biggest challenges that you face. It’s all about Your decisions- good or bad.
  5. You create your own work culture.
  6. You make money doing what you love, now who wouldn’t want THAT?!

So go out there, stop underestimating how successful your business can be and let your idea change your life!

What is your excuse?

Desmond Tutu said, “25 years ago, people could be excused for not knowing or doing much about climate change.”

What’s your excuse today?

Do you believe that the climate is changing because of us? Or would it be something you would debate about putting the volcanoes and natural emissions of carbon dioxide at fault?

Well, you would be right to say that they do emit a lot of these gases. But surprisingly, they only manage to emit 1 percent of what we humans do. Reports say that seven of the eight warmest years in the history of mankind have been recorded since 2001.

Okay, let’s cut to the chase.

What is Global Warming all about? Why is it all over the place?

Global warming, in simple terms, is the rise in the average surface temperature of the earth to due increased emission of greenhouse gases, especially Carbon dioxide.

So, the next question that arises is, “Trees absorb the carbon dioxide that we emit, so how bad can this be?”

Well, very.

Sure, all plants usually need carbon dioxide to synthesize sunlight into energy to grow, but they cannot absorb quantities as high as what we emit.

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Image Source : Webgranth

How does the CO2 impact us then?

It causes melting of the glaciers on the poles and all around the globe- half the world’s population is at the risk of getting submerged. This further can lead to more frequent droughts, displacements of refugees and food crisis all across the world. While there are also uncontrollable factors that contribute to climate change, studies have revealed that controllable human causes like fossil fuel burning and exploitation of natural resources bag the largest share in it.

Now for the most important part: How do we get this in check?

There are baby steps we can begin with. Some of them would be:

  1. Reduce/Avoid usage of fossil fuels: Tune your cars regularly, carpool or use public transport, and opt for renewable fuel forms.
  2. Use energy efficient electric appliances and CFL bulbs.
  3. Reduce, Re-use and Recycle: Lesser the waste to burn, lesser the emission.
  4. Conserve water, so the underground water levels are in balance.
  5. PLANT A TREE. Nothing helps more than having more trees to absorb the carbon dioxide. Every plant has the capacity to absorb about 48 pounds of CO2 a year!
  6. Volunteer and enroll in the ICCE Green (R)evolution and learn how you can join hands to make the world a better place to live in!

 

Psst.. If you still think that the economy matters more than this, try holding your breath while you count all your money and see how long you would last! 😉