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Ajay Patidar

Emerson Innovation Centre - Pune India

"Elevate from Eco friendly to Eco Savior"

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Ajay's actions

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.

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Land + Forests

Zero Waste Day

The impacts of our waste are far reaching. I will create zero waste for an entire day and share my reflections and learnings on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Smart Seafood Choices

We need to support healthy seafood populations. I will spend 5 minutes learning about sustainable seafood choices, commit to making better seafood choices for a healthier ocean, and share what I learned on the feed.

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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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Reduce Pollutants in Cleaning

Understanding cleaning product ingredients and their effect on water and biodiversity is helpful to our consumer choices. I will spend 5 minutes learning about how cleaning products affect our water and try making my own cleaning products to reduce pollutants.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Freshwater + Oceans

Understand My Water Footprint

Each of us has a water footprint, directly linked to our daily activities as well as the water required in the production of things we use each day. Understanding our water use is important for a healthy planet. I will calculate my water footprint and look for a few ways I can reduce consumption or waste, then share what I learned on the feed.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans

I will spend 15 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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

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 1 native trees in my community, public parks, office location, campus or backyard.

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Action Track: Community

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.

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Biodiversity + Wildlife

Invest in Nature

A healthy world needs both our daily actions and support from larger systems. I will spend 10 minutes learning about how I can use my investments and savings to advance environmental sustainability.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Biodiversity + Wildlife

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hours in my community.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Land + Forests

30 for 30 in Nature

Studies have shown that when we spend consistent time in nature, our health improves, our creativity increases, and our connection to the planet gets stronger. Each day of the Ecochallenge, I will spend 30 minutes outside (in a large or small patch of nature), then share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the feed.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Freshwater + Oceans

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Itr's estimated over a billion water bottles are thrown away each year. Even if they were recycled, that still uses energy and resources from the earth. I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 12
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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Action Track: Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

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

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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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 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Climate + Air

Stay on the Ground

Carbon emissions from air travel is harmful to planetary and human health. Instead of traveling by plane, I will find an alternative way to accomplish the goals of an upcoming trip (i.e. telepresence, vacation locally).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?


  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/11/2024 10:06 PM
    Tree to Paper:

    Did some research on paper usage for an average person for three categories - Toilet paper, Paper cups and Office paper sheets. Tried to relate that with amount of paper used which ultimately relates to percentage of a tree used.


    Assumptions and sources: usage is generalized and average, data taken from internet, mostly from Quora. Also, it is assumed that recycling is not used as worst-case scenario.

    From above data, it seems we are using around 20% of a tree in a month and in five months we consume a complete tree for our daily needs (considered only three here, duration may reduce).

    Now lets talk about the issues with paper production and usage (source - Wikipedia):
    1. Pulp and paper mills contributes to air, water and land pollution around 5% of all industrial pollutant
    2. Discarded paper and paperboard makes about 26% of the landfills
    3. Worldwide, the pulp and paper industry is the fifth largest consumer of energy, accounting for four percent of all the world's energy use.
    4. The pulp and paper industry uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry
    5. The pulp and paper industry in the U.S. and Canada is responsible for roughly 10% of the industrial releases of PM2.5
    6. In 2014, the pulp and paper industry in North America was responsible for about 0.5% of the total SOx and NOx releases from industrial and non-industrial sources.
    7. Pulp and Paper industry dispose the industrial waste in water - In 2015, this industry accounted for 5% of total industrial waste (and 9% in US) released into water.
    8. The global print and paper industry accounts for about 1% of global carbon dioxide emissions

    Apart from above, cutting of trees will also bring soil erosion, decarbonization and ultimately converting the soil into sand. This aspect has its own long list of effects on ecological system.

    My intention of writing this long passage is think before you use paper.
    On one side we are shifting from plastic to paper which is good but we can not just use and waste paper without knowing its long term effects.





  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/11/2024 8:52 PM
    Each and every person on this planet should be aware about urgent need to Save Soil since rate of decay of Soil is very fast. On this speed Soil of whole world 🌎 will be baren within next 40 or 50 years and child in womb will not have any food to eat since no crop will be possible from land after loosing organic characteristics.

    Things which we can do:
    1. Plant trees which can reduce the soil erosion
    2. Advocate reduction of use of Chemical fertilizers
    3. Avoid the chemicals that can end up in soil
    4. Avoid the use of plastic
    5. Advocate composting the waste

    Keep the big impact in sight but start with little action with small impact.

  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/11/2024 5:27 AM
    Soil on the Earth’s surface stores two-thirds of all fresh water and is the largest terrestrial water reservoir. Properly managing soil water resources is essential to maintain terrestrial ecosystem functions and services.

  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/11/2024 3:45 AM
    one more video on save soil.
    https://youtu.be/R2gSTcy7Mdc.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Climate + Air Stay on the Ground
    What was your process like for restructuring your trip? How can you avoid more air travel in the future?

    Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/10/2024 10:37 PM
    Planned my trip to my native place via trains and avoided the air travel. This will add some extra hours to journey but i'm sure it would add few more years to my coming generations.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

    Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/10/2024 10:35 PM
    Planting trees help decrease our stress, rumination, and anxiety.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community Raise Awareness for the Conservation of Freshwater and Oceans
    What did you learn about freshwater and oceans you did not already know? In sharing this information with people in your life, which conversation was impactful to you?

    Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/10/2024 10:34 PM
    New thing I learnt today is Soil also plays a very important role in water conservation.

    Depleted soils cannot absorb and regulate water flows.

    Lack of water retention leads to water scarcity, droughts & floods.

    Organic matter can hold up to 90% of its weight in water and release it slowly over time. This is a big help in drought-prone areas.




    • Sathish Mohanasundaram's avatar
      Sathish Mohanasundaram 4/10/2024 10:41 PM
      The government should have initiatives for saving the soil ! We should ask for it strongly ! It is directly relayed to saving water

  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/10/2024 10:28 PM
    Oh Soil,

    The fragrance of the soil
    Somehow is more tenderness to me
    than the fancy fragrance of the flower

    The strength and sensitivity of life
    held in the soil
    lets off waves of passion of a
    different sort.

    Passion not of a person
    but of my species
    that has gone insensitive
    to all that nurtures it
    and absorbs it at its end.

    As I walk barefoot, I break down
    with Passions so profound
    that it defies all descriptions.

    Oh' Soil, My life

    POEM BY SADHGURU.


    I support the Save Soil Movement. Must see video: https://youtu.be/d8UF0_km2yc

  • Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/09/2024 9:27 PM
    Small pieces of plastic can be harmful:

    We can begin at our home by reducing some practices and becoming more aware of plastic waste. Let me share and make you ditch one bad habit and reduce plastic pollution at a minuscule percentage. Every step count and so does this. In almost every household, we buy milk either from a milkman in our utensils or even buy milk packets. Not only milk but we buy packets for curd, oil, pulses, chips, etc. The major problem with milk/ curd/ oil packets is that we end up cutting small edges at the corner of them. This can be a dangerous problem. Remember, make it a habit, and don’t cut the corners of these packets.
    This small piece of plastic unknowingly ends up in garbage bins, water sources, and landfills. In the journey of this small piece, it travels inside animals’ tummies who end up eating it. The size is so small that they are not able to differentiate it and consume it for food.
    If such pieces do not reach the recycling units, it disintegrates into microplastics. Rain and wind carry these smaller fragments into drainage systems, which could lead to clogging. These can even enter water bodies, and as a result, marine organisms may mistakenly consume them.

    Lets make it a habit to not cut out the small plastic piece while opening any polythene packing.



  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Action Track: Community 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!

    Ajay Patidar's avatar
    Ajay Patidar 4/09/2024 5:27 AM
    Individual contributions may not lead to major impact but all starts there. Clean up activity with community brings common purpose to individual and that fuels their commitment.