A host of sustainable practices can be implemented which will result in reducing carbon emissions to a great deal:
- Switch to alternate and clean sources of energy at home, work and school.
- Avoid the usage and consumption of non-recyclable items like plastic and opt for other sustainable options.
- Make recycling a part of the routine.
- Protect and nurture the trees in the community.
- Educate and increase awareness on climate change and sustainable living through discussions.
- Encourage use of locally-made sustainable products.
- Use rainwater harvesting in communities and cities.
- Increase the use of solar energy through portable solar products like solar battery chargers, solar lamps, solar rooftop at homes, etc.
- Avoid the use of motor vehicles for short distances.
We need to begin by respecting nature. We all need to contribute to protecting the rich biodiversity around us. It is the destruction of this biodiversity that is triggering serious climate disasters like floods and forest fires. The onus of protecting the flora and fauna that are on the verge of extinction is on us. By restoring the wildlife, we will be able to help balance the food chain in our ecosystem.
Our daily lives need to be adapted to incorporate sustainable activities. Small steps like carrying a cloth bag while shopping or switching to metal water bottles will have a cumulative positive impact for future generations.
Let’s also remember that the majority of the world population still lives in a rural setup. It is our responsibility to educate them on sustainable practices, with particular focus on providing affordable healthcare, basic education, and access to clean drinking water. With farming being one of the major occupations in the world, it is the need of the hour to encourage sustainable practices.
–As leaders/decision makers
Leaders the world over are doing incredible things to help communities. Covid-19 has dramatically changed the priorities for people. Livelihood and support to healthcare have been key focus areas for many leaders.
Covid-19 was an unforeseen event and therefore the changes we are witnessing are also drastic. It has definitely changed life as we knew it and our approach to things. A reduction in carbon emissions is definitely anticipated as a result of the travel restrictions imposed by various countries.
On the other hand, a boost in the local economy can be foreseen due to reduction in our dependence on foreign produce and greater interest in local markets. This can in turn boost the rural market and local entrepreneurs. Under Tata Power’s Dhaaga initiative, we have encouraged local self-help groups to produce garments and given them a platform to sell their products. With Maval Dairy, which is Maharashtra’s first and India’s second all-women dairy farm, Tata Power has had a very positive impact on the lives of these women.
We launched our e-commerce platform, Saheli World, during the lockdown with a focus on Covid essentials like reusable face masks and gloves, sanitisers and immunity boosters. Through Saheli World, we aim to provide a platform for women and rural entrepreneurs to sell their handmade products and other farm produces.
‘Care’ is one of the important values at Tata Power and is reflected in our efforts towards consumers and the community at large. Our employees across India and abroad clocked more than 1.70 lakh volunteering hours in FY20.
We are a responsible power-producing company, with more than 30% of our power generation coming from clean energy. Tata Power Club Enerji is one of India‘s largest energy-conservation movements in schools. Through this initiative, we have not only managed to save energy but also organised plastic collection and beach cleaning drives.
All our stakeholder touchpoints and campaigns include our CSR messaging. We also provide volunteering opportunities to our customers and other stakeholders for our afforestation drives, beach-cleaning drives and other CSR-specific events.