One Small Step for a Brighter Future

By Monsanto

When India joined the Earth Hour movement in 2009, it featured an unprecedented event where over 5 million Indians across 58 cities switched off all electrical appliances for an hour. This simple gesture amounted to savings of 1000 MW of power.

1000 MW of power in just 60 minutes….

Over the course of the next few years, the Earth Hour saw  10 million participants in over 135 cities. The impact of this simple activity is testimony to our society’s efforts towards building a sustainable future. A lot of the energy we consume today comes from coal and crude oil. Coal makes up the bulk of energy source with 54.5% share out of the total 595 Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent (Mtoe). India also ranks third across the world in oil consumption with 195.5 Mtoe in 2015 after USA and China.

It’s no surprise that a lot of energy is needed to sustain a population of 1.3 billion and most of this energy comes from non-renewable sources.

But are things going to remain the same? Not only are we running out of fossil fuels at an alarming rate, we’re also constantly polluting the environment and our ecosystem by consuming them. Now more than ever, it is crucial for each one of us to do our part in switching to sustainable energy sources which in-turn will safeguard Mother Earth and provide a better life for future generations to come.

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A significant chunk (33 million Mtoe) of this energy is directly utilized by the agricultural sector which is used to feed the nation. By implementing sustainable practices, this core industry can make a significant impact to the future of energy production and consumption.

The agriculture sector in itself holds great potential for using clean, renewable sources of energy. Vast areas of farmland are ideally placed to harvest wind energy and solar energy. In fact, six farmers in Gujarat’s Anand district have come together to form a co-operative where they produce electricity through solar panels. The electricity is not just used for their consumption, they also sell the surplus energy to the Gujarat Electricity Board.

Furthermore, fuel consumption in agriculture can also be reduced by employing no-till farming in combination with effective weed management. No-till farming focuses on growing crops without disturbing the top-soil. Not only can this effectively reduce fuel consumption by 75%, it also preserves the top-soil structure promoting healthy crop growth.

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So, when you switch off this Earth Hour, take some time out of your day to think about how the future of our planet can be nurtured by each one of us. A small step towards cleaner energy can make a big difference to Planet Earth.

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