Mankind has gone through multiple lifestyle enhancements in the last 50 years .From a common man to the top strata of the social system, the closest feel of the new level of comfort is experienced at one’s own residence. There is a multiplicity of electrical and electronics items like fridge, ACs, TV, microwave, kitchen appliances, music system, wi-fi, cell phones, other personal devices and more.
The office environment has seen a flux of automation equipment from computers, laptops, printers, copiers etc. The health sector has seen advancement due to various advanced diagnostic machines and solutions.
One of the major negative consequences of this advancement in comfort of life has been the multi-fold increase in radiations.
Radiation consists of several types of subatomic particles, principally those called gamma rays, neutrons, electrons, and alpha particles, that shoot through space at very high speeds, something like 100,000 miles per second. They can easily penetrate deep inside the human body, damaging some of the biological cells of which the body is composed.
Do you remember the house sparrow chirping every morning to dawn continuously in the sweet twittering sound? Do you see it anymore? The disappearance of this bird in time span of less than a decade is abnormal right? It is proven through research that the bird count began falling drastically because these birds were suffering different tumors and cancers caused by telecom towers, power lines, and electricity transformers etc
Ionising radiations have sufficient energy to cause chemical changes in cells and damage them. Some cells may die or become abnormal, either temporarily or permanently.
Chronic exposure is continuous or intermittent exposure to radiation over a long period of time. In chronic exposure there is a delay between the exposure and the observed health effect. These effects can include cancer and other health outcomes such as benign tumors, cataracts, and potentially harmful genetic changes. By damaging the genetic material (DNA) contained in the body’s cells, radiation can cause cancer. Acute health effects occur when large parts of the body are exposed to a large amount of radiation. The large exposure can occur all at once or from multiple exposures in a short period of time. Instances of acute effects from environmental sources are very rare. Examples include accidentally handling a strong industrial radiation source or extreme events like nuclear explosions.
Pregnant women and children are especially sensitive to radiation exposure. The cells in children and foetuses divide rapidly, providing more opportunity for radiation to disrupt the process and cause cell damage.
As Cell phones tops the list of indispensible gadgets these days, here are some quick basic tips to minimise radiation exposure due to its use
- Get wired Try to use headsets all the time, avoid putting your phone on your ears. This is the best way to stay away from radiations of your smartphones. Every inch you get away from the body reduces the amount of radiation you are absorbing
- Try to use texts more instead of calling. Call only when it is important.
- Keep conversations short. The less you talk on your cell phone, the less exposure to radiation you will have. So by keeping voice conversations short, you’re limiting your exposure.
- Switch off your phone when you go to bed or put your phone on airplane mode and then turn ON the Wi-Fi, if you want anyone to reach out to you via internet
- There are various ‘shields’ available out in the market which claim to minimise radiation absorption but do be careful about the claims and the efficacy of the shields.
- Avoid using your phone in areas where the signal strength is poor. When your phone is searching for the network its antennas produce radiations at a maximum limit.
- Consider getting a low value SAR phone
- Don’t wear Bluetooth all the time
- Avoid radiation hot spots
Cell phones don’t always emit the same level of radiation. For example, your phone will emit the most radiation when connecting to cellular towers.
But a moving phone (like if you are talking while driving) will continually connect to towers that come in and out of range – and this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new antenna
Together we can make radiation safe world
Stay connected, stay safe, and stay healthy
— Madhavi Goswami
Here is some food for thought,
According to Indian philosophy food is equal to God. But are we giving the same amount of respect to food these days?
Imagine disposing off one of the many shopping bags being disposed off in the nearest garbage bin after you go vegetable shopping. Feel some guilt? Invariably yes. That’s exactly what’s happening with our food globally. Approximately one third of all the food produced in the world is either lost or wasted.
Perhaps one of life’s greatest injustices is when one person sleeps on a full stomach while another scours desperately for food a few feet away. While this is a direct consequence of the inequality that exists between people throughout the world, the situation is made a lot worse by the huge amounts of food that goes to waste each day due to improper management and disposal of leftovers
There are numerous situations where we knowingly or unknowingly waste food. Grabbing the middle softer pieces of bread and leaving behind the thicker start and last piece, cooking full meal at home and then going out for lunch, eventually throwing it away since it was leftover, taking large portions in plate and on the top of the list the big extravagant Indian weddings with difficult to handle number of dishes on the menu. According to an estimate 30 to 40 per cent food prepared at different events in India, especially at weddings is wasted when people rush towards the food and fill up their plates with more food that they can consume. Both the host and guests are responsible for the wastage of food. It’s a tradition in Indian wedding that a good host feeds his guests well. I am sure it is familiar to lot of us!
Go to the restaurant and look at the amount of food that remains uneaten when the wait staff removes the plates. The wastage is even more grievous in the resorts, entertainment hubs and other public places; I see a huge amount of uneaten food. Supermarkets, bakeries and other stores that sell food, lose out on tons of items that go into dumpsters every day.
Every year top world leaders meet at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) led Conference of the Parties (CoP) to agree on global agenda for tackling climate change. Diverse issues including energy generation, transportation fuels, forest conservation and food production, among others are addressed. But one domain that needs more focus at present is how to tackle food waste and its reduction since estimates suggest that 14% of global carbon emissions are caused by food waste.
Many of us are inflicted with the wrong notion that wasting food is probably not that bad, as emitting carbon because the food is put in landfill and thus decomposes. Wrong! Light and air are two basic components that are required to compost the food properly. As a result, methane is released from the garbage, which is one of the villains of global warming.
Methane, a short-lived climate pollutant causes 86 times more warming over a 20-year period than the same amount of carbon dioxide
According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the rise in average global temperature is more affected by food waste than by air traffic.
An IPCC report reveals that as the Earth gets warmer, it will affect global production of food – from farm to sea. The changing climate will require more intensive production of food, which will affect the planet’s biodiversity significantly. And while 1/3 of the world’s food is wasted or lost, it adds up to the global resource scarcity. Not to forget the pressing demand for food due to the growing population. Thus, it becomes imperative to integrate climate change into a food security strategy.
Food waste gobble up our agricultural land drinks up our freshwater and pollutes our atmosphere. By making sure that food goes into our bellies, and not into the garbage and landfills, we not only conserve the food itself, but all the resources that go into producing, packaging and transporting food. Let’s take a leap and stop food wastage by
- Shop smart and zero down your fridge – eat what’s in your fridge before buying more
- Be mindful about portion sizes while cooking
- Give your leftovers a makeover
- Plan your meals
- Do not put all the food on the dining table at once
- Remember to use smaller plates and bowls
- Share food with your neighbours and create food sharing communities
- Grow your own food!
- Donate good surplus food to shelters for homeless people
- Spread the word about stop wasting food and encourage positive action everywhere!
Wasting food is not good for anyone in anyway. It is harmful to the economy, it is harmful to the environment and also it is against our own ethical justification.
Resting my voice by posing few questions to ponder upon for all of us
Every time food inflation comes as a topic for discussion, formal or informal, it almost always goes in the same direction. People start beating up government for carelessness and corruption. Why don’t we reflect on our own lifestyle and understand how our own choices are causing, or enabling the problem to happen?
Isn’t food wastage akin to carbon crime?
“There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs “
Being a part of an Award Ceremony is a matter of pride. In schools meritorious students in the fields of academics and co- curricular-activities are awarded with certificates and medals. The galaxy of stars present amidst us raises the bar for all others to pursue and reach great heights.
Being a parent is a huge responsibility. The child you nurtured so long will soon move ahead into the alluring world of knowledge. Every child is unique and this uniqueness is to be preserved. One must raise children with the belief of uniqueness in their hearts. Develop in him or her humanitarian values, a trait of the Homo sapiens.
In the early years, parents are their child’s first teachers exploring together nature, reading together, cooking together and counting together. When a young child begins formal school, the parents job is to show him how school can extend the learning they began together at home and how exciting and meaningful this learning can be. Let your child show you the way he/she likes to learn. Although a parent’s role in their children’s learning evolves as the kids grow, one thing remains constant.
We are our children’s learning models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey.
The very essence of this Shlok lies in the fact that a teacher is at par with God. Guru Poornima , is celebrated on ninth July , to revere any elder , teacher, parents or your own peer . It is believed and accepted wholeheartedly that one who enlightens us, is the Guru, irrespective of age, caste and gender. He is the enlightened one. The one who ignites our mind , answers are curious questions, is our mentor and guides our way to the path of knowledge.
The truest example of this bond of a teacher and student can be best viewed in school. Wishing great lovely moments of this sacred bond and may it’s sanctity be cherished.
It has been long when children have not seen their best pals due to summer break and have missed the fun of hanging and chatting with friends on the school campus. Joyous days are here again as school has reopened after the summer vacation.
We are all back with a springly zest and goal to achieve the best to our abilities.
July is here
And so is the rain
So welcome children
As the fun begins.
I hope vacation
Was real fun.
And that we are glad
School has begun!!!
“We have reached the target, a number that sounded very challenging for a voluntary grassroots network”. “I want to congratulate already all of those who have made their contribution. More important than the number of trees is the process itself: to involve young generation to plant trees together despite borders, religious or political situation. Trees are also planted for peace – with this deed we send a message of hope to more sustainable world.” –
Thank you very much for your kind wishes for the school and students. These success stories are due to constant efforts of students, Teacher mentoring and Parent attention.
Very Well Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!