Sharing economy ,Sustainability & Eco currency – A Doable idea by Ola/Uber/Big basket/Amazon

Whenever a young person sees a FB post like the below one, he/she feels good that something is happening for sustainability. Someone is making the world a better place to live in.

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We all like sustainability, we feel happy when something is being done about that. We wanted to do something about it but often either do not know what to do or think what can I do.

Yes I want to plant a tree 🙂 – But I don’t have place to do so: O

Yes I want to use solar power 🙂 – But is it costly? Is it reliable? Is someone from mainstream using it – if Not Y?  :O

So finally we feel that these are good to speak but difficult to do; People whose stomach is full ( such as Bill Gates and Ambani ) only can do these things .

Then we slowly get into our daily lives which is full of chota chota things like “ oops I need to get ready for my office “,” Oops  , I need to complete PPT for meeting with my manager ” how to give a compelling reason for leave to manager again? “ etc  😛

Again we see a post like the below one –

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we feel good and wanna contribute for the cause – some might subscribe to portals like www.billionsinchange.com  immediately as an act of instinct ( it is a organisation founded by the gentlemen Mr.Manoj Bhargava in the FB post above ). Then we feel good to get connected to such an organisation making a difference. (I subscribed to that organization as an act of instinct: P)

But can we truly do something at an individual level with our current resources, state of mind & life style to make an impact which might be even just 0.00000000000000000001 %.  

So can we contribute to sustainability through our regular acts, which we anyway do as a part of our daily life like travelling, buying groceries etc ?

The answer is Yes 🙂

Sharing economy.

I did some preliminary research from internet and found out that every km of car travel releases 260 to 290 grams of CO2. Every km of bike travel releases 35 grams of CO2. We may travel atleast 10 kms per day which means around 0.4 kgs to 2.5 kgs of Co2 per person based on one’s mode of transport.

As a small step, If you opt for ride sharing services like Uber pool, Ola share etc, it directly gets reduced by atleast 50% (assuming  atleast one person shares the car with you).

Again you may travel atleast 2 to 3 kms to buy groceries / veggies in a super market store like More / big bazaar etc .Instead if you opt for online grocery store like Amazon, Big Basket etc, they do multiple deliveries using one single vehicle. On an average , they do 20 deliveries per hour – that means the Co2 liability is shared by 20 people .Straight away , you are reducing your CO2 release by 95% .

So here you are not just thinking about sustainability, but doing something through some of your daily activities.

Isn’t it doable? 🙂

Definitely Yes.

Perks include lighter hole to your pocket along with being a contributor for sustainability.

You might have saved only a small amount of CO2 emission by your act. Its just not about the amount of saving of your personal CO2 emission , its about translating your mere desire into action , its about acting on something which you believe is going to make the world a better place to live in. Its about experiencing that feeling of goodness by contributing to the cause you believe in.

May be companies like Ola, Uber, Amazon & Big basket should introduce Eco Currency /green points on bookings they got 🙂 . This currency reflects the direct savings in Co2 emissions you have done by opting their services. May be they can give discounts based on this eco currency earned too 😛 (or) they can contribute the same for a green cause in your name :P.  Every time a customer buys something , organizations are making him/her feel good about himself/herself.

Isn’t it a win win for everybody including our environment?

I think it will be cool. What do you say people? 🙂

It makes people CO2 conscious and turns every young person into a real doer, a small sized soldier fighting for environment 🙂 

So what’s the call for action ? 😛

  Share the post in your Facebook page till the organizations ( Ola/Uber/Big Basket/Amazon) hear. Who Knows – they may implement it 😛  Any commercially sensible organization would love to make their customers feel good when ever they buy their products/services. 

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Cheers,

Sunil Kumar

( An amateur writer, a former Amazon employee , special invitee to participate in world’s first  South Pole last degree expedition surviving only on wind , solar and bio mass energy –NASA is a technology partner 🙂)

 

When I realized that I am a speck in the creation of Mother Nature

Being wrapped in four layers of clothing,

Then in a thin layer of fabric cover,

Followed by a sleeping bag,

Lying in a pit dug through Ice,

Getting kissed by the snow fall on my cheeks and lips,

Listening to the sweet warning sounds of seals as we occupied their territory for the night along with the horrific sounds of ice bergs breaking into Antarctic waters,

Opening the zip of my sleeping bag once in 10 minutes to take breath (doubting that I am unable to take the breath: P);

It all took a gentle peep through my sleeping bag towards the Antarctic sky which made me realize that I am speck in the creation of Mother Nature. I could see the Milky Way galaxy in the sky which generally appears once in hundreds of years in Antarctica, that’s the moment I was totally in awe staring at the creator’s live 3D painting. Lying under the roof of Milky Way hugged sky; I felt I was in a different world altogether. My eyes witnessed some divine scene which my thoughts have never ever dreamt of. I never knew that those “little white spots” (stars: P) can amaze my eyes so much. I felt that there will be no dearth for inspiration from Mother Nature if one really is determined to achieve his impossible.

Camping Night Sky Hugged by Milky Way
Camping Night Sky Hugged by Milky Way

I realized how insignificant Human is before Mother Nature. If she wishes, she could wipe me by just a sniff (a simple ice berg break at its edge) – but she dint. I realized how funny it is that man is trying to gain control over her. Her showcase of humanity towards humans is immense. She wants us to coexist with her, because beauty of nature is something that inspires humans to achieve the impossible. Her humbleness is something that inspired me and got me connected with that divine land “Antarctica”. Her beauty is something that inspires a normal chartered accountant like me to write something like this. Greatness is not an attribute of someone who knows where to win but that of someone who knows where to bend and take a step down but let others win passing the baton. That moment, I completely surrendered myself and realized that it’s time to act. I felt that she just showed me the magnanimity of her beauty & kindness so that I could understand the other side of her too – so it’s time to act.

I believe that “To act” is not just to volunteer for 30 minutes a week and plant a tree. To act in true sense is contributing towards sustainability in whatever you do. Sustainability has to be imbibed in one’s life. For instance for renewable power to reach masses like thermal power, its economics has to work. It ought to become cheaper. To achieve that young generation has to put efforts in scientific research and invent devices and methods to make it cheaper.

“The greatest threat to our Planet is the Belief that someone else will save it “

                                        – Sir. Robert Swan, first person on planet to walk to North Pole & South Pole

Peep into this : Camping Night Time lapse Video

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See You Soon,

Sunil

 (All this happened during my time spent in Antarctica as a member of International Antarctic Expedition 2015, led by Sir. Robert Swan, first person on the planet to walk to North Pole and South Pole. I got an opportunity to interview him covering various aspects such as how Indian youth can contribute to sustainability etc. The following is the Google drive link of the same – Interview of Sir Robert Swan )