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Vasundara Abhishek

Emerson FCEC India

"Reduce Co2 Emissions."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,718 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1.0
    waste audit
    conducted
  • UP TO
    64
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    2.0
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    31
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    15
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    5.0
    trees
    planted
  • UP TO
    695
    minutes
    spent learning

Vasundara's actions

Freshwater + Oceans

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will organize or participate in a trash pickup at a local river, beach, or natural body of water.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Choose Renewable Energy

Renewable energy options are becoming more widespread and accessible. Not only are they good for the planet, they can help save money as well. I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option. If my utility does not offer one, I will contact them to advocate for this option in the future.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Regenerative Agriculture and Me

Regenerative agriculture focuses on farming and ranching in a way that supports life and restores the soil. I will spend 15 minutes learning about regenerative agriculture and find out if any nearby farms practice regenerative agriculture.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Personal Waste Audit

The waste we create daily can go unnoticed. I will track the waste I create in a day and post a photo log on the feed to see how much I create and where I can make different choices to reduce my waste going forward.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Endangered Species

Wildlife and biodiversity play an important role on our planet and are being threatened each year. I will spend 30 minutes each day learning about the current status of local or global wildlife and how I can align my actions to support their livelihood.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Seek Alternative Gifts and Souvenirs

When traveling, I will seek souvenirs that support local communities and do not cause harm to the environment or wildlife.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hours in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Borrow Before I Buy

Why buy something I will only use once or a few times if someone nearby has it for me to borrow, and why not share something I have that someone may only need a few times a year? To reduce my consumption and waste, I will create or support the sharing economy with friends, family, colleagues or neighbors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 30 minutes learning more about the importance of freshwater + ocean conservation, and how I can reduce my water use. I will share what I learn with people in person, on social media, and on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Choose Eco-Friendly Wood and Paper

Trees provide food and habitat for local wildlife species, shade our streets and homes, and help keep our air and water clean by capturing pollutants. Buying products that help protect forests makes a difference. I will only purchase wood, furniture, and paper products from ecologically certified sources such as Forest Stewardship Council.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Climate + Air

Consume only Needs vs Wants

The more stuff we consume, the more greenhouse gasses we put into the atmosphere. I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach this month and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Save the Bees

Bees are vital to ecosystems. To help save the bees, I will learn which local flowers provide nectar and plant them in my backyard or in a pot on my balcony.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Explore My Area

When we explore natural spaces around us, our connections with them change. I will spend 15 minutes exploring a new area around my neighborhood, office, or campus (e.g., park, water body, nearby trail, community garden, green space, etc.).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

Plant Trees

Trees capture carbon and produce oxygen that is essential to life on earth. I will support this important piece of nature by organizing or joining a community group to plant 5 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When marine wildlife ingest plastic, they have a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Go Plastic-Free

Millions of tons of plastic is produced each year worldwide. Each day, I will conduct a plastics audit of what I buy and use throughout the challenge (kitchen, bathroom, personal care products, etc.), to see how single-use plastic shows up in my life. I will find plastic-free alternatives to these products and advocate for alternatives to single-use packaging at local grocery stores, product manufacturers, at work, or on campus.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Declutter My Home Without the Landfill

Each day, I will learn about responsible ways to dispose of items and de-clutter, clean, donate, repurpose or recycle unneeded items in my home to make sure that what I get rid of doesn't go into the landfill.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Low Carbon Diet

Carbon is emitted into the atmosphere in a variety of ways, including through the foods we eat and food we waste. I will learn about low carbon foods and replace higher carbon foods with them in my diet.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Sustainability Lunch and Learn

Learning in a social setting can inspire connection and change. I will work with a friend or colleague to plan and host a lunch and learn at work, school, in my neighborhood or other location to learn more about an environmental topic important to me. After the lunch and learn, I will share more about it on the feed.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Low Water Gardening

Grass lawns are water-intensive and on average require about 30 percent of a household’s water consumption. Native plants are water-efficient and help maintain the balance and diversity of local ecosystems. I will plant native species with water-efficient plants to conserve water and improve the habitat, then post a photo on the feed to share.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Share My "Why"

I will record a video to share why I am taking action this Earth Month, a sustainable swap I've made, and/or a local conservation effort in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

JOIN OR CREATE A GREEN TEAM AT EMERSON

I will continue to contribute to Emerson's environmental sustainability goals beyond April by learning more about the Global Green Teams Network, joining a team near me, or maybe even creating a new team.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS ON SUSTAINABILITY AT EMERSON

I will sign up to the Sustainability Aficionados distribution list to receive global news on sustainability at Emerson, including world news and Greening OF, BY, and WITH news.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

TAKE PICTURES AND SHARE ON LINKEDIN

I will take at least one photograph that is connected with this year's theme of Nature Conservation & Biodiversity (for example an urban park, bee hives, birds and other animals...) and I will post it on LinkedIn with the hashtags #EarthMonthEcochallenge #EarthMonthAtEmerson.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR

On Wed 24th April, I will attend the Earth Month Ecochallenge Webinar on Conservation to learn about what individuals, companies and other organizations can do to promote biodiversity and nature protection.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/30/2024 1:36 AM
    It truly is our duty to protect the planet we live on, the same planet where we have gotten all our resources from.

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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/29/2024 3:37 AM
    Wet waste to plant Fertilizers .

    Aerobic composting.

    A Container with a lid
    A sturdy plastic container will do the job. You want it to be large enough to meet your waste needs, but small enough to fit your living space in a closet, balcony, or under the sink. A clean, lidded five-gallon bucket from home depot will do perfectly.

    Browns (carbon-rich materials)
    These materials form the foundation of the compost. Any Browns should be shredded as finely as possible to help the compost break them down. Good Browns to add are:
    • Shredded paper/newspaper (unbleached)
    • Shredded cardboard
    • Dry dead leaves
    • Wood chips/bark
    • Sawdust
    • Eggshells

    Greens (nitrogen-rich food waste)
    These are fresh, wet, biologically active materials that feed the compost. Some good Greens to add are:
    • Fruit and vegetable scraps
    • Fresh grass clippings
    • Garden prunings and waste
    • Coffee/tea (not the filters)
    • Fresh leaves
    A good rule of thumb - if it is wet and was alive within the last week, it's a Green. This will be important for moisture management later on.

    Accelerators
    These are healthy microbes that will start the process. Some good sources:
    • Fermented rice water - fill your after-dinner rice cooker with some water and leave it in the sun for a few days
    • Yogurt
    • Other compost - including a previous batch you may have made!
    Depending on the accelerator, this is potentially the stinkiest component of your new compost. If you have problems with odor, add a layer of Browns on top of the accelerator to reduce smells.

    DO NOT ADD THESE TO YOUR COMPOST
    The following will cause issues with your compost, either attracting pests, causing unpleasant odors, or killing the good bacteria in the compost.
    • Walnuts
    • Meat
    • Fish
    • Poultry
    • Bones
    • Dairy
    • Oils/Fats
    • Pet Waste
    • Weed seeds
    • Glossy paper
    • Harsh Chemicals

    Putting your Compost Together!

    Setup
    1. Drill some ¼ “ holes in the top, bottom, and sides of your 5-gallon bucket. These are needed for aeration.
    2. Add a layer of browns, about ¼ of the total volume.
    3. Add a layer of greens, then browns, in a 1:1 ratio. Continue to add layers until the bucket is about ¾ full. The base layer of browns should make the overall balance favor browns, which will help cut down on odor and pests.
    Maintenance
    • Add greens/browns to the compost. Make sure to avoid adding the materials listed in the above “Do not add” section, and keep the ratio as close to 1:1 as you can while minimizing smells and pests.
    • Aerate it once a week. Either roll the sealed bucket on the ground while it is light enough or use a tool to mix the insides around.
    • Add moisture as needed - the compost should feel like a damp sponge, but not leak water when squeezed
    • Add browns as needed - if odor, pests, or overwatering becomes an issue, dry browns will keep them under control
    • Cold temperatures will slow your compost - try to keep your container in a slightly insulated area
    Tip: chopping up your greens and browns before adding them speeds up the compost

    Finished Product
    • When the bucket is full, and it looks like dirt (no eggshells or original waste visible) your compost is ready to add to plants!
    • Save some of the larger clumps as a starter for your next bucket, and sift the smaller clumps into your plants for a growth boost.



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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/28/2024 6:09 AM
    Trees and Kings

    Tirukalukundram - Tamilnadu



    The town gets its name from the well-recorded daily visit by a pair of eagles around noon time. The temple priests would feed the eagles, which in turn would circumambulate the hill temple and fly down south. This unique event was happening till even the early 90s.

    The skyline of the town is dominated by the hill, the top of which is reached by climbing 550 steps, with the temple on top acting as its ornamental crown. Siva in this temple is called Vedhagireeshwarar and his consort is Chokka Nayaki.

    Several inscriptions from the times of the imperial Cholas identify the town as a part of Jayamkonda Chola Mandalam of Kalathur Kottam. A lengthy inscription covers the documentation of a land survey conducted during the reign of Kulothunga III.

    The inscription that starts with the traditional prashasti, listing the valour and victory of the said king, identifies this incident to have happened in his 23rd regnal year (1201 CE). There seems to have occurred a confusion regarding the boundaries of the town and hence representatives, officials, priests, merchants and accountants all gathered at the shrine of Sri Rajendra Chozha Vinnagaram. The names of all the officials have been listed along with their designation.

    The beauty of the inscription is in using the natural elements from the landscape to denote the boundary. A variety of native trees, rocks and boulders, anthills, the sacred hill, pond and tank have all been used to mark the boundary. For example, an age-old tandri tree (Terminalia bellerica) has been marked as the key identity element. The inscription says, “....mark the tandri tree to the south of the village, to its left move towards east and south east till you reach the boulder on which sacrifices are made (bali idum paarai), mark that as your next reference point. Now turn right and move towards north-north east till you reach an aayila tree (Bassia longifolia), turn left and...” The inscription goes on to come a complete circle around the town pointing to indigenous trees like vila (wood apple), aal (banyan), nochi (vitex) and puli (tamarind). Needless to say, the direction marking brings you to the tandri tree where you started.

    The king, queen and the officials perhaps thought these trees would stand the test of time but didn’t probably guess the greed of the 20th century man.

    Wish that These indigenous trees are planted and taken care of in the same directions as discussed in the inscription.

    That would be a humble homage to the memory of Rajendra Chola, Vanavan Madevi and Kulothunga III .




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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/27/2024 5:14 AM
    3 days to go , Emerson Lets GO.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Freshwater + Oceans Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel? What results did you see? Please consider posting a photo of your cleanup!

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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/27/2024 5:02 AM
    Participated in a Beach Clean up Event today and collected many non-biodegradable Trashes . Felt very sad that loads of Trash still out there and those areas where we collected trash will be filled up again by our Co beings in the city. Felt the need to educate young minds on limiting the usage of Non biodegradable wastes and disposing them responsibly. Planning to organize more such events in 2024 as part of EMS Initiatives.



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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/26/2024 10:01 AM
    Phytoplankton

    Phytoplankton are responsible for most of the transfer of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the ocean. Carbon dioxide is consumed during photosynthesis, and the carbon is incorporated in the phytoplankton, just as carbon is stored in the wood and leaves of a tree.


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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/25/2024 5:02 AM
    Project Nilgiris Tahr


    Nilgiris Tahr - State Animal of Tamilnadu.



    Project Nilgiris Tahr , is a wildlife conservation project taken up by Tamilnadu Government at a cost of ₹25. 1 crore and will be implemented during 2022-27 period .

    Tamilnadu is set to Implement Project Nilgiri Tahr, aimed at developing a better understanding of the population ,distribution and ecology of the endangered species - The Nilgiri Tahr.

    The Project will follow a Multi Prolonged strategy including synchronized surveys to estimate the number of Individuals through the use of Radiometry including Radio collaring the animal.

    It will also include efforts to restore the animal’s fragmented habitat ,with revival of shola grasslands (patches of stunted tropical montane forest found in valleys amid rolling grasslands) .


    Shola Grasslands



  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community ATTEND THE ECOCHALLENGE CONSERVATION WEBINAR
    What did you learn in the webinar? Did anything surprise you?

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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/24/2024 8:01 AM
    Starting a movement to protect nature ,bringing Behavioural changes is a continuous process and bringing everyone together with us to protect nature is important.

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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/24/2024 12:47 AM
    Once again ,closing Count Down


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    Vasundara Abhishek 4/23/2024 9:41 AM

    Indigenous people and Sustainability


    Throughout the world, there are approximately 370 million indigenous peoples occupying 20 per cent of the earth's territory
    Indigenous communities have internalized the idea that, if they exhaust resources, their children and grandchildren will not have anything to eat or anywhere to live. They know that if they hunt all the elephants or eat all the fruits on the trees, there will be nothing left for future generations. Indigenous peoples and sustainable development always go hand in hand.