Sunday, September 21, 2014

Think environment - say NO to newspapers

I get a feeling that people are becoming more responsible and careful when I see this line under every email I receive - "Please consider environment before you print this email." And a similar awareness programs are initiated in many organizations called Green Quarter or something related to saving the trees.

Generally, we think of trees/environment when we are using the paper to print, but what about the 20-50 pages big bulk we get every morning at our doorstep at a minimal cost? At this time no one thinks of saving trees/environment, mainly because they have paid some money for it, or because they haven't used that paper to print. Why does this happen? Why do we ignore the environment when we pick that newspaper to read *stale news?

Over 5,00,000 trees are killed each week for the Sunday newspaper just in USA.

The figure above refers to one day in one country, now multiply that in weeks, months and years. Can anyone think how many trees they might be cutting in a year?

I wonder how many people would be interested in reading yesterday's news in the era of Internet and Smart Phones where they have access to dedicated news websites and apps. There are many more channels available to stay updated with the news happening in your country and around the world. Then why do we want the newspaper? Perhaps, because it costs almost nothing money wise but the consequences on the environment are going to be severe.

The publications are getting huge money from Advertisement ― more than half of the newspaper is full of Ads, most of the time same Ads are repeated every day. And we risk our future to see those Ads on the valuable paper made out of trees. The trees that control weather, gives us Oxigen, protect us from natural calamities.

Is the newspaper really worth reading on paper? Can we take a little effort to use digital media to read news?

"Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” ― Cree Indian Prophecy.

Change is possible, we can make it to create a better future for our children. Every step starts with you. I am saying NO to newspapers, are you?

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