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07 Edition
Nov 2021

WOW  LEADERS  SPEAK

(Here are memorable excerpts from the meeting of Tech Talk #5)

 

When you refer to it as "emergency water." To us in India, it's more about the water. The reason for this is because only roughly a quarter of India's population has access to pipelines and taps. The other 75% are those who do not have access to flowing water from taps. It's not about emergency water relief to us; it's about water's point of view.

-  Hari Haran

 

I was in India at the time. This is a villager's child. Her older sister is a student at my school. We purchased gravity-filled point-of-view filters for this village two years ago. I witnessed the mother drinking water from the filter and giving it to her elder daughter, who then fed the baby. So I got to observe three generations of people over there experience what clean water is like. And that had a profound effect on me.

-  John Deyoung  

 

A recommendation for the construction team. When we are constructing an apartment, a house, or anything else. They can have a separate gear in the kitchen where the sink is, such as a box to merely have the filter. So they may have filtered tap water only for drinking purposes. They can clean it and put it back together over time.

-  Sam Pappu

WOW  MEMBERS  SPEAK

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Underground Trash Disposal

Belagavi, Karnataka, is experimenting with an underground dust bin for trash disposal. It's a tiny but significant move.

-  B S Mamatha, WOW Executive Group

MLA Abhayji is a proactive politician who is always willing to help the public. I've known him for a few years now. In recent years, I've come across an excellent politician.

-  Vikram Gulecha

RERA in Bangalore is not issuing clearance until the builders prove how the project's water demand will be satisfied, according to NDTV's property show today. Is this correct? There is also the issue of air pollution in the Delhi region as a result of demolition waste. Fly ash was mentioned. Please, experts, shed some light. Is it feasible for the developer to produce bricks out of the rubbish on the construction site? 

-  B S Mamatha, WOW Executive Group

 

Solutions right in front of us

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Natural things and the end of nature will provide us with easy solutions to complicated issues. With so many satellites in space, I'm curious if the rainfall will get tainted.

-  B S Mamtha

 

Abandoned satellites escape control, reach the environment, and burn...the smoke and debris contribute to the already high levels of pollution in the atmosphere. It will all come crashing down with the first showers... then as the rain continues, the sky will clear. If the rain ceases for a bit, though, all of the pollutants will be resolved. As a result, we advise you to keep the first rainwater at bay... It also spills out the droppings and other debris on the patio. My limited understanding. Vijay and others might be able to provide a better response.

- Neel Mathews

Using the right people

The first step is for businesses to stop promoting actors and cricketers and instead feature scientists and business experts....don't care about teachers, volunteers, or anybody else! Consider this: if rainwater harvesting had been promoted by a celebrity, India would not have had such severe drought. Many things associated with nature are as well....

-  Neel Mathews, WOW Executive Group

These are extracts of conversations of WOW members in the Core Executive Group. Add your comments, views

R E A L    E S T A T E    D E V E L O P E R S    F A C E    F E W    H U R D L E S    I N     G E T T I N G    E N V I R O N M E N T      C L E A R A N C E

EIA and EMP (Environmental Impact Assessment and Environment Management Plan). Environmental approval for significant real estate development projects is required by law. Builders in Bengaluru, on the other hand, appear to have figured out a simple method to respond to the lengthy list of questions posed by the required papers. Simply copy and paste responses from one project to the next, regardless of site location or local biodiversity standards. It is simple to accomplish since the consultants that develop these EIAs and EMPs are frequently used on several projects.

C L I M A T E    C H A N G E    I S    

M A K I N G    I N D I A N    M O N S O O N     S E A S O N S    M O R E    C H A O T I C

I N D I A N    R I V E R S     :     H I G H W A Y S   O F   P L A S T I C   F L O W

Summer monsoon rains in India will grow greater and more irregular if global warming continues unabated. This is the main result of a study conducted by a group of experts that analysed more than 30 cutting-edge climate models from across the world. The report anticipates more exceptionally rainy years in the future, with potentially disastrous effects for the well-being, economy, food systems, and agriculture of over one billion people.

Though we have known for a long time, plastic pollution has been one of the most serious and ever-growing threats to the seas and rivers. Not only is it suffocating marine life on the margins of riverbanks, deltas, and coasts; floating plastic and abandoned fishing equipment, sometimes known as "ghost nets," is also a murderer of countless lives. According to the India Water Portal, a total of 100,887 river and stream outlets dispersed across 31,904 places globally freely release plastic garbage into the ocean. This alone provides around 1.0 million tonnes (0.8 to 2.7 million tonnes) to the tranquil marine environment. This is especially concerning and perplexing when you consider that about 1000 rivers around the world account for more than 80% of global plastic emissions into oceanic waters each year, with the majority of this litter coming from small urban rivers where the world's most 'unsettled' population thrives.

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(i) producing sustainability managers and leaders,
(ii) providing green management skill sets,

(iii) hosting city-wide campaigns for citizen collective action to save water & energy,

(iv) purposing research for city infrastructure.

WOW Action Forum is a globally pioneering effort for bringing collective private action to save very large quantities of water at apartments, at Industry, at tech parks, or hotels and hospitals or malls and other such buildings. The 2021 mission is set to save 1000 Cr lites with community-led action. This alone will bring a saving of 236 Cr in electricity bills for the city, and a reduction in carbon emission of nearly 300,000 tonnes equivalent.