Following, the current news on Global warming and the fiasco that the Copenhagen Climate Summit has become has deflated, dissolved and blow to fragments my tiny bubble of hope that we as a planet had finally become conscious citizens and would henceforth take responsibility for Mother earth.
Hmphh, fat chance! Not with the money there is to be made from keeping things just the way they are – that is - heavily dependent on fossil fuels and pumping the pockets of greasy politicians.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to find one ray of hope in my daily Google search. Yes! I’m addicted to Google.
Apparently, Lavasa(India); a Future city that’s basing itself around utopian ideals – follows an Environment Management Plan (EMP).
hmmm… and what would such a plan include – I wonder…..
Well, so thus far what they have on the agenda includes :
Topsoil management : By setting up a plantation of fast-growing shrubs, and 20000 running meters of continuous contour trenches (CCT), covering 33 hectares.
Tree transplantation/ mass plantation – a total of half a million tree saplings have been planted at Dasve (Lavasa’s first city) with an average survival rate of 70%.
Hydro-seeding- (which has been applied successfully for the first time in India) has resulted in a 44% germination rate over 12000 square meters of area.
Monitoring systems - Installing 3 weather stations to continuously measure and monitor metro-logical parameters such as rainfall, wind speed and direction, humidity and temperature.
And I mean that literally. What could be better for global warming reduction – than an entire city implementing green-eco-friendly solutions.
Lavasa baby, I’m giving you a green thumbs up for the effort!