A CALL TO OPEN OUR EYES

We finished one more very interesting week discussing about the shortage of food, water and energy etc. and how we waste them in different ways knowingly and unknowingly. When I sat down to write final note I thought of doing a little research on the shortage and wastage in regards to all the aspects before concluding this week. I found some amazing websites which are dedicated to all these issues.

Let’s check them one after the other…

The very first site I stumbled upon is ‘World Hunger Education Service‘.

I loved their mission statement which goes like this:

  • educate the general public and target groups about the extent and causes of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the world
  • advance comprehension which integrates ethical, religious, social, economic, political, and scientific perspectives on the world food problem
  • facilitate communication and networking among those who are working for solutions
  • promote individual and collective commitments to sustainable hunger solutions.

You can actually get all the updates by LIKEing their FB Page HERE.

Something drew my attention which I want to mention here. They describe the causes of world hunger as follows:

1. Poverty is the principal cause of hunger.

2. Harmful economic systems.

3. Wars & Conflicts.

4. Population Growth.

5. Food and agricultural policy.

6. Climate change.

Apart from the last cause, “Climate change” all are in our hands. We can control and manage poverty, economic systems, conflicts, agricultural policies and population growth. Some countries have succeeded in some areas. It is our turn now.

Next website which caught my attention was, ‘Water‘. I liked their caption:

Water has the power

To break the cycle of poverty.

To protect and save lives.

To make a bright future possible for all.

They have impacted worldwide. They work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

I loved their approach. Why? Because –

  • They use microfinancing to bring small, affordable, easily repayable loans to those who need access to affordable financing and expert resources to make household water and toilet solutions a reality.
  • By bringing local, world leaders and everyday individuals together to make strides on the ground that turn into lasting transformation.
  • Exploring every angle on the water crisis and building, testing, and iterating on approaches that make the most of the resources they have while giving back the most to the people they serve.
  • They get local, they educate and they measure strategically.

I think whoever wants to DONATE them can do so to help them do what they are doing.

There are few interesting websites which drew my attention and I have listed them out as under for all of you to read and learn the strategies to save food, water, energy and human resources.  

  1. Save Energy
  2. Energy
  3. Switch On
  4. Acumen

Loved the last one in the list: Acumen. They literally do everything and providing service to products. Do not just omit it but go through what they are doing. I was so so impressed. 

You might ask why I am highlighting other companies, organisations and websites on Candles Online. We don’t promote others also… then why am I doing it???

I just wanted all of us to know and get aware of what is the condition of our world… what people are doing around us What can we do now 

The scripture says, 

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God created us and given us authority over all. He wanted us to rule over everything and take care of everything as well. The word ‘Subdue‘ means owning, taking control over. We love to own things but never like to take care of the same. It’s not about you but about me also. So many times I also don’t take care of the things I own. 

Now is the time we need to respond to the call, a call to open our eyes and see clearly the things happening around us.

Keep thinking and keep giving feedback, 

Stay Blessed!!!

LET’S TWEAK OUR CUSTOM A BIT

If you belong to the upper middle class I think you are acquainted more with wastage than the shortage.

This is Diwali week, people can hear cracker explosions all around them. And all our activist friends talking about the amount of air pollution and noise pollution people are creating. That part is worrisome right but I sometimes marvel at the amount of money which is wasted on these crackers. I mean it’s literally putting a matchstick to thousands of rupees. Probably, to show our neighbors how much better off we are as compared to them.

During Navratri on Ashtami or Navmi, there is a custom of calling 7 or more girls and offering them food and goodies. The girls in my colony are really in demand then and they go to on average 5-6 houses and get Halwa, ChHole Puri from all. At times so much is collected in their house that they don’t know what to do about it. After all how much can a small girl eat ? Why don’t we tweak our custom a bit and give it to the girl begging on the street. They will appreciate it more. They need it more.

A friend of mine told me that whenever they have dinner in a restaurant they get the leftovers packed and at times order additional chapatis to go with it and give it to the first beggar they meet at the signal so the family outings end on a very warm note.

Remember, there is a demand somewhere for whatever we have in surplus. It’s just a matter of getting it to the right person. If we all make an effort we can make a difference.

Kuljeet Saini is a science graduate. She was a computer science teacher for more than 6 years but now she is a complete homemaker with two very beautiful energetic boys to look after.

WHOSE MONEY IS THIS?

Hi Everyone,

A political leader from a particular political party honoured with a garland of currency notes worth millions of rupees (Indian currency), crores spent on erecting statues of leaders, money collected from people for birthday celebrations of political leaders,  agitation orchestrated by political parties witnessing huge loss of both public and private properties…….

My question is whose money is it that is being gutted?  It’s mine, it’s yours.  Then why it is at the mercy of some XYZ political leader whom we have chosen as a citizen of a democratic country. The word “democratic” takes me into retrospect where in history subjects of a state had to oblige by the decisions of a king as a thumb rule and they had no choice.  So how a king would turn out is a matter of fate of the subjects.   But now we should be thankful that we are in the era of democracy where we have a right to choose our leader.  Isn’t it?  Are we doing it diligently?

To begin with the entire process of election that is the face of democracy is a very costly affair.  Billions of rupees are allocated for this process for every party.  Source – taxes we pay.  And after all the high voltage drama of elections are over we suddenly get a scrolling on the news channel announcing the next date for mid-term elections.  Again the national interest takes a back seat and national politics drives the “money wastage” drive.  And our concerns (read tensions) regarding policy changes be it home loan or pension is a bonus.

Question is why it happens.  Let’s take a look:
  • Just like every adult (18+) can vote any citizen of India can contest for the elections.  The problem is “any” is never scrutinized in detail which means a person with a tainted background could contest the elections which spells collateral  damage for the country in future.  That could be in the form of scams, haywire law and order, recurring elections.  In any case it is our money that is squandered away.
  • Responsible citizens shrugging away from their responsibilities:  Elections day is not just a holiday but its a day to carry out our most important duty.  Remember that silence of a learned man is more dangerous than the banter of a foolish. Vote bank politics is a result of our negligence towards our responsibility and eventually its only we who suffer.

Now that we have an idea on how and what causes wastage of national resource –  money, this is least that we can do in the interest of the nation:

  • Passing the buck won’t help anymore.  First of all respect and exercise right to vote diligently, this right is our duty.  Elect deserving candidates.
  • Give attention to indirect taxes along with direct taxes. I know what I am talking about is going to burn a hole in your pocket but our negligence to pay likes of sales tax gives rise to black money and parallel economy that in turn induces government to squeeze out more from your account in the form of direct taxes.  And that’s a double trouble.

Think about it.

SAVE WATER: LESSON LEARNED HARD WAY!

Every morning we hear the noises of women fighting for water outside on the road beside our apartment campus. It is a daily affair of metro cities in India.

The water crisis is acute everywhere in the country. Wikipedia gives a statistic that there’s 88% of the population in India had to access to an improved water source in 2008. So it is expected that the stats would definitely show a positive increase after 8 years, in 2016.

But who will believe that when people see the fights on the roads for water ? Let me explain our life story.

In our previous rented house, we were two families living together in a building sharing the same water source. But we could rarely get even 10 buckets of water in a day. Thankfully both of us were working people and we were only two in number. They were four. And we considered them to avail more quantity of water than us.

We bought different sizes and shapes of buckets and tubs to store water. Only in the morning, the water pump was being run and then I used to fill all the buckets before going to work as my wife used to leave for work earlier than me in the morning.

Sometimes we used to get less than 10 buckets of water too. That time we used to suffer more. My wife used to wash the clothes and keep the waste water intact to be used for toilets.

Huh!!!

But all those months were a learning process for us… It disciplined us. We understood the value of water much better than everybody else. In our present house, we have same water crisis but we never face the problem because we know how to save water by storing as well as avoiding wastage of water.

Watch this interesting video: “10 Tips for Saving Water in the Home

It is high time we all need to buckle up and stand for this cause with a slogan, “SAVE WATER TO SAVE LIFE”.

Stay Blessed !!!