Interview with Pune Herald

Interview with Pune Herald

I also feel that Pune city has many more environmental challenges apart from Ozone. Its transport system, air and water pollution and land degradation are the issues of immediate importance. These issues are likely to have telling effect on the health of Pune citizens. The participation of the civil society would be the key in meeting these challenges. I have plans to work on these issues at local level. Pune needs Action’ programme like ‘OzonAction’ which will make the sustainable solutions happen.
4. How would you explain the importance of OzonAction for common citizens?
Ozone Layer protection is the responsibility of each and every citizen of the earth. Ozone layer does not recognize the national boundary. Each of the 147 developing countries will have to participate to preserve this natural and god given protecting layer that supports the life on the earth. Our children would need it in the same condition as we got it from our fathers. Hence the action is needed by all.
My Programme helps common citizen to understand what action they should take. It helps Governments in deciding what policies they should set. It also encourages industries to make informed decisions on technologies that do not harm the Ozone layer. Every action towards these efforts would count.
Following is taken from our web site as to how a common citizen can help saving the Ozone Layer.
Be an ozone-friendly consumer
Buy products (aerosol spray cans, refrigerators, fire extinguishers, etc.) that are labeled “ozone friendly” or “CFC free”. The product labels should indicate that they do not contain ozone-depleting substances such as CFCs or halons. Ask for more information from the seller to ensure that the product is ozone friendly. Tell you neighbour that you are the proud owner of “ozone friendly” products.
Be an ozone-friendly homeowner
Dispose of old refrigerators and appliances responsibly. CFC and HCFC refrigerants should be removed from an appliance before it is discarded (ask the public works department in your town or a home appliance dealer about appliance refrigerant recovery programmes). Portable halon fire extinguishers that are no longer needed should be returned to your fire protection authority for recycling. Consider purchasing new fire extinguishers that do not contain halon (e.g. dry powder) as recommended by your fire protection authority.
Be an ozone-friendly farmer

Rajendra Shende


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