Role of Children in Fuel Conservation as a National Movement
There is no question about the need of saving
fossil fuels. Especially in a developing third world nation like India,
it has assumed a great importance. There are many government bodies and
voluntary organizations working on this subject. Many corporates,
research institutions and manufacturing houses that have to contribute in terms
of green fuels, more efficient machinery, use of appropriate technologies with
sincerity for the better living of all.
actions that need to be done by all of us individually and collectively at all
levels are the following. First it is
necessary to follow all these as a habit.
In schools and competitions we need to give fuel conservation a topic of
discussion. Let’s spread awareness among all the people
who are still ignorant of the need to conserve fuel.
When we the children of today follow these,
indirectly fuel conservation becomes a movement at the national level. It will be a silent one, yet strong and
powerful. After a decade we will definitely
see some of us becoming champions of fuel
1. Save water - No wasting
or throwing. If used water can be further used for gardening and watering
plants etc. please do so.
only as much as required -
any products we use. To manufacture, transport, sell or buy a product -
some fuel is spent in some form. Let that be paper, rice, vegetables,
chips, cement, paint, oil or even a vehicle.
3. Use electricity
prudently. Switch off
gadgets when not in use. To produce electricity, some fuel is used somewhere. Use A.C. facilities only as much as
needed. Green building technologies may
be use to build huge buildings. This
should be remembered by all children.
4. Use public
or shared transport if
possible. Go by walk if the destinations are nearby.
5. At traffic lights, switch off engines of vehicles during (idling) waiting period. A
lot of fuel is wasted and pollution is created there. Many vehicle
drivers do not switch off their engines at signals due to the fear of its not
starting again quickly. Children can
become scientists and engineers and contribute by inventing better ignition
6. Encourage recycle, regenerate, reduce types of technologies processes. Make it a habit to verify if we are using
only efficient processes and gadgets. Check ratings & approvals of purchased appliances.
7. Encourage green technologies. Use latest electric lamps, electric scooters
and cars. Buy and use solar heaters, solar energy based equipment. Bio-fuels
and more efficient engines are also probably round the corner. Economical Synthetic Fuels that require less
fuel and energy to produce them, will be a great achievement. Engines that run with alternate energy
sources are welcome.
Population control is
required. The population is growing at an alarming rate. So the fuel
requirements are growing. If we control population, fuel usage is also
controlled. Children of today must
9. Encourage use of bicycles in places that are safe. Use bicycles.
10. Note down any thing that we perceive as wasting fuel. Then see the root cause and then work for a suitable solution.
11. Spread awareness that Indian government spends a lot of people's money for subsidizing imported fuels. Saving fuels is indirectly same as earning Indian and foreign revenue.
and burning of things for fun should be stopped. We as children can see that their family
members and friends practice these suggestions.
Being rich or having a status does not authorize wasting fuel or
energy. We all need to take the serious issue of fuel conservation as our
responsibility and social obligation. If
we remember this, then we will surely make fuel conservation as our habit. We will implicitly do any work that always complies
with fuel conservation in our future.