Program was conducted on 25th May in Bangalore and Principal, Professors and Rotractors participated when they sensitized publice and various stake holders with regards to Noise Pollution.A write up from google search is for academic interest. The public received the effort well and appreciated.
Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noise_pollution "Noise pollution, also known as environmental noise or sound pollution, is the propagation of noise with harmful impact on the activity of human or animal life. The source of outdoor noise worldwide is mainly caused by machines, transport (especially planes) and propagation systems. Poor urban planning may give rise to noise pollution, side-by-side industrial and residential buildings can result in noise pollution in the residential areas. Some of the main sources of noise in residential areas include loud music, transportation noise, lawn care maintenance, nearby construction, explosions, or young people yelling (sports games). Noise pollution associated with household electricity generators is an emerging environmental degradation in many developing nations. The average noise level of 97.60 dB obtained exceeded the WHO value of 50 dB allowed for residential areas. Research suggests that noise pollution is the highest in low-income and racial minority neighborhoods. Documented problems associated with urban environment noise go back as far as ancient Rome.
High noise levels can contribute to cardiovascular effects in humans and an increased incidence of coronary artery disease. In animals, noise can increase the risk of death by altering predator or prey detection and avoidance, interfere with reproduction and navigation, and contribute to permanent hearing loss. While the elderly may have cardiac problems due to noise, according to the World Health Organization, children are especially vulnerable to noise, and the effects that noise has on children may be permanent. Noise poses a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health, and may negatively interfere with a child's learning and behavior."
A quick look at as to how Sustainability could be deployed when one takes a quick glance of empty pages of note books at the end of the year left as waste by students in Schools and Colleges. If the empty sheets could be collected and recycled to be bound and used as note books and writing pads, sure one would do their bit towards the path to Sustainability.
I strongly feel MSMEs are the pillars and SDGs can only be achieved if SMEs are in sync with the initiatives, well trained, motivated and incentivized. MSMEs worry whether their cost will go up and they become non competitive and their returns go for a toss. The Social, Environmental challenges which threaten have long term impact and need to bring in awareness and MSMEs should prioritize the Goals and choose focused areas out of 17 SDG Goals. MSMEs need tools to continuously monitor their progress in this area and the large Industries should recognize the same and practice, document and review the SDG initiatives. MSMEs participation will be felt in all 17 SDG’s when the entire supply chain follows standards like ISO 20400, ISO 26000 and versions in line with GRI suitable for MSMEs should start emerging with easy to do tools.
With nearly 50 million MSMEs in India including both registered and not registered and in various sectors viz., manufacturing, servicing, IT, food , logistics, pharma etc., subject matter experts with the help of large Industries should start proving inputs which will in fact give the MSMEs short, mid and long term benefits while they create best practices towards achieving their Goals
When I began my journey evangelizing organization’s internal and external ecosystem towards adapting sustainability as a focus, many asked me if they would loose out to those who weren’t practicing sustainability. They argued that organizations, which do not follow sustainability, will have lower costs and hence will have an advantage on pricing. This question, for me, was extremely thought provoking.
Trusting a business is not just about the price. It is a combination of an organization’s intent and top management’s motivation to positively have their sustainability policies in place. Cost and non-Cost criteria initiatives, taken at various points towards sustainability practices, need to be campaigned aggressively towards the entire supply chain ecosystem.
The process involves all departments (including admin, Finance etc.) and vendors – it could be with reference to Green Buildings, Wind & Solar energy, Organic Way, Reduction in paper use, Recycling, anti-child labour policies etc. Most importantly the organization needs to be determined to articulate these as policies.
The larger challenge however is with the small and medium manufacturers and service providers. It is difficult to get them to practice and adapt these processes because we need to first help them overcome their mind-block and worry that these initiatives will increase cost. This requires reassurance and training by large industries. MSMEs should take pride in talking about their initiatives and demanding credit and acknowledgement for their sustainability practices.
ISO standards like ISO 20400:2017 for sustainable procurement guidance and ISO 26000 for Social Responsibility guidance will guide the enterprise well.
Afternoon visited a friend and in their kitchen garden this was made out of thrown plastic cups and broken plastic small buckets.. Sure Schools are training kids to use waste to get creative outputs .. Educational Institutions, offices and apartment complexes should encourage these kind of art from waste.
MSME’s a very large number and real contributors towards the Make In India initiative. We could see outsourcing by large industries increasing. That will be the in thing henceforth and logically MSME’s are on a growth path. It is time to put in systems, tools, gadgets to measure GHG emissions by MSME’s and various parameters which can quickly be stressed viz., zero-defect production, packaging, input fuel measurement, etc., Large industries when they choose their vendors should start guiding the MSME’s towards the Green initiatives and support them. In fact, they should subsidize certain costs towards this and technically guide their supply chain be it manufacturing, logistics or whichever depending on the industry vertical towards going Green on a war footing.
Sustainability related questions can be very guiding when one selects and reviews vendors while enhancing Supply Chain partners esp with MSME vendorsIn addition to the data collected by most of the organizations depending on the type of organization, do have guiding pointers. If the organization requires do participate in putting together training programs etc., Pointers are : Occupational Safety and Health StandardsWorking hours as per Govt Regulations Adherence to Laws on Minimum Wages & Pay Right Equal Opportunities Employment Observe all steps to ensure all are free from harassment Use of Products low on emissionEnergy / fuel efficiency of the Organization deployment of renewable energy Use of hybrid materialsUsing lead free and eco friendly dyesrecyclable and reusable packaging material Policy on taking back packaging material Extended Warranty on Products and Return Policies Policies on anti corruptionConflict Mineral and derivatives (Tantalum, Tin, Gold Tungsten) usage and compliances Policies and encouragement and facilitate use of public transport incl car pooling Usage of video calling / WEbEx etc There will be very many pointers and depending on each vertical, relevant policies can be incorporated in vendor development and assesment
For a MSME to stay Sustainable looks expensive initially, but the real truth is they will soon attract wonderful business opportunities, moment they are on the path of Sustainability.
Key factor is the involvement of top management including a board representation where applicable. Mission Statements being assertively campaigned on Sustainability is a very important aspect to start with and it is a belief system. Then sure it follows a Process of breaking it into deployable executable points and made a part of KRA and sure the reviews follow. Depending on the vertical your organization is in, do start campaigning, taking the initiatives and maintain logs and constantly review and improve the initiatives. Do assertively state to your Supply chain that you have initiated and have started incorporating SDG's in all activities.
Each Participant should keep checking, does one's Organization Support and advocate the importance of being in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. You will see the magic of clients getting attracted and staying as a Sustainable Organization is a nice feel and a fundamental requirement.
Requesting Tier1, Tier 2 suppliers and MSME's to get closer towards SDG goals and integrating them to processes. You are the Change and world will see a greater positive impact ONLY if this is addressed in letter and spirit.
Please ensure at every step you inculcate attitude and values necessary to shape a great sustainable future. Do involve Parents and neighborhood. You are the Architect.
Please read in full the resource book “ Towards A Green School " (Resource Book on Education for Sustainable Development for Elementary Schools by NCERT). The book encompasses to do assignments and Projects. Sure each student and the community will benefit a lot once this is imbibed in letter and spirit to the students.