On one end, constant research and innovation makes it possible to produce various new products. On the other, such a push is lagging sorrily when it comes to finding ways to make environmentally-friendly products. One of the first areas green innovation needs to tackle is the issue of non-biodegradable trash/waste generated; the scale of this increasing day by day. The need of the hour is to think on the lines of making micro-level product innnovations like edible cups for ice-cream, where the cup, along with the ice-cream can be consumed, just like ice-cream served in cones that can be eaten. refuse like empty ice-cream cups are difficult to dispose and often litter the road. It is time we realise that the earth is to be treated like an inheritance that must be passed on to successive generations. We have no right to sell or exhaust its resources and leave an empty shel for the future generations. We need to preserve earth by inventing and popularising more environmentally-friendly products.
Rethink urban transport
This refers to the report, “Electric cars vs diesel, petrol, CNG: Costing conundrum decoded” (February 13). To popularise electric cars, what is needed is more charging points for car batteries on the roads. Lack of charging points discourages buyers from going in for electric cars. Moreover, buying petrol, diesel, and CNG cars makes the buyer vulnerable to price fluctuations. It is strange that even though global oil prices have fallen, buyers have not felt the impact. Jet fuel is cheaper than petrol used in cars—a paradoxical situation. Urban planning should also make a provision for pedestrians and for the people who do not own cars. There should be more cycling tracks in cities. European cities like Copenhagen, and some Asian cities like Shanghai, have tracks for cyclists. There should be parking for cycles near stations, where people should be able to hire cycles as well. Unfortunately, urban planners have neglected pedestrians and concentrated on vehicle users by building flyovers.
Deendayal M Lulla, Mumbai