Why Living Green Today Is Important, Interview with Shan Fazeli
WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF ONE PLANET ONLY -Shan Fazeli
When people tell us to recycle or conserve water, we know we should do it…
but it’s easy to forget in our busy lives.
The city still lights up at night, we still buy new things, we still use all
of our electronics, we still drive and wash our luxury cars,… there seems
to be a disconnect between what we are able to do today and what some parts
of the world (including the USA) are currently experiencing.
We can consider ourselves lucky to have all of our basic needs met and not
feel the negative effects of environmental scarcity in our own lives today.
However reaping these benefits are just part of an illusion of never-ending
natural resources, just as if we had a magic money tree in our backyard that
took care of all of our financial needs.
If we do not change our habits of consumption today, we can look forward to
the promise of a reduced quality of life. Living a sustainable “green”
lifestyle is priority in maintaining a quality life, just as safety laws are
enforced to protect us from harm. Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Conserving
our natural and man-made resources is an active and ongoing process for sustainability.
So how can we live “green” in a modern world of convenience? KIRN
Radio Iran speaks with Shan Fazeli host of Mehr-E Giah, (Tuesdays from 7pm –
9pm), on how we are being affected by a distressed environment, and what we
can do today to actively create renewable change.
KIRN 670am: Briefly tell us about your background in environmental
Fazeli: My passion for saving the World and Mother Nature
from Mankind began when I was a young man and I was hiking and walking long
distance in the Damavand area outside of Tehran, also in the Alborz mountain
area in Iran. In the past, I have attended numerous local, national and international
environmental meetings and conferences including but not limited to The 2009
United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC), commonly known as the COPENHAGEN
SUMMIT, which included the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) as well as
the 5th Meeting of the Parties (MOP5) to the Kyoto Protocol.
I reported the events of the UNFCCC to 670 AM KIRN Radio Iran live from Copenhagen
in 2009 and from Cancun Mexico in 2010. Over 150 countries including USA attended
KIRN 670am: What is going on with this extreme weather, rainy
one day and then hot the next?
Sub-Zero Temperatures Put Chicago Into Deep Freeze
Fazeli: The study of “extreme weather” may or
may not be related to Climate Change. In fact, a United Nations report says
2013 “extreme” weather events are due to human induced climate change.
The World Meteorological Organization’s annual assessment confirms 2013
was the 6th warmest year on record. Also, 13 out of 14 of the warmest years
have occurred in the 21st century.
KIRN 670am: What in your opinion causes the most pollution
in the cities? Is it cars? factories? or something else?
Fazeli: It is the burning of fossil gases (coal, oil, and natural gas) in industry,
transportation systems including cars, trucks, and buses and the generation
of electricity. This releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases which
cause the pollution in the cities.
We can stop it by moving to renewable energy sources such as Solar, Wind, Water,
Hydro, Tidal & Wave, etc.
KIRN 670am: How does global warming effect weather?
Fazeli: Global warming occurs when we have increased levels
of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which traps the heat. The increased greenhouse
gases including the carbon dioxide (CO2) is unable to cope within the “Carbon
Cycle” at all. This potentially causes a rise in sea level, leading to
storm surges and coastal flooding among other damages.
KIRN 670am: We keep hearing about a water shortage in California,
also worldwide, how serious is it?
Fazeli: Water shortage in California as well as around the
world is “Extremely” serious.
WATER IS IN SHORT SUPPLY AROUND THE WORLD AND IN CALIFORNIA. – Shan Fazeli
In the past, people have died over wars of water in California and around the
world. The civilizations have risen and fallen over the last several thousand
of years far more than oil. The control of water wealth throughout history has
been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers.
As modern societies run short of its most indispensable resources and the planet’s
renewable water ecosystem grows depleted, an explosive new fault line is dividing
humanity into water Haves and Have-nots. Just look at California, after three
years of drought, dozens of towns and cities have imposed mandatory water rationing
and a half million acres in the country’s agricultural breadbasket are
lying fallow. This reminds one of an old saying, “Whiskey is for drinking,
water is for fighting.”
KIRN 670am: What are some ways we can conserve water on a
Fazeli: Conserve water, Conserve water, Conserve water. Stop
running water when brushing your teeth, water should not be running when you
shampoo your hair. Ask the restaurant staff not to serve water unless you request
it. Listen to Mehre Gyiah radio show every Tuesday from 7 pm for more tips and
KIRN 670am: How often should I use the washing machine or
Fazeli: Use your washing machine/dishwasher only when FULLY loaded and run
it after 11 pm.
KIRN 670am: What steps can we take to help us live a sustainable
life today in 2014?
Fazeli: Start with “baby” steps. Change your lifestyle
from a waste culture, from a habit to consume, to eventually conservation. REDUCE,
KIRN 670am: What do you think is our biggest threat (locally
or globally) if we continue to pollute the environment?
Fazeli: We will destroy our planet and the future of our children
and grand children.
KIRN 670am: Can we reverse global warming through sustainability
Fazeli: The journey of a Thousand Miles start with first step. Begin a “Sustainable”
life style today. Tomorrow is too late.
KIRN 670am: Is there any thing else you’d like to add
about our connection to the environment?
Fazeli: I see Earth as sacred and believe that every generation has the duty
as well as the obligation to preserve and protect the Earth and its environment.
Leave a cleaner/greener planet for future generations. Sad to say that the past
and current generations have often neglected and/or overlooked the subject of
Environment & Mother Nature.
We should change our life style, love the Earth and be a caring child for Mother
Shan Fazeli at United Nations Conference
Listen to Shan Fazeli, MEHR-E GIAH KIRN 670am Tuesdays 7 – 9pm
April 22nd 2014 is Earth Day
…okay every day is Earth day and it’s our theme all month long! As much as we enjoy the digital world with it’s paperless and instant communication, we still feel the effects of our earthly presence. What can we do? There are many ways we can help with the preservation of our environment and improving the quality of our lives, from social action to recycling our glass and aluminum containers, to using our tote bags when shopping for groceries. Mehr E Gyiah KIRN Radio Iran’s own Shan Fazeli takes a larger view of the environment, he believes that the study of History & Mother Nature is a road that links the past to the present which ultimately affects mankind’s future. He is the author of Mehr E Gyiah, a Persian – English journal about environmental issues facing humanity and a call for the protection and caring of our planet. Every action towards a greener world helps. In fact all the small actions such as re-using a tote bag, or putting all your recyclables in one bin, and reducing water use – make a huge impact! Here are just a few facts about the 3 R’s from AffluentMagazine.com:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Green Facts
• Creating a new aluminum can from scratch takes 95% more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum.
• Making a ton of paper from recycled stock saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water than making paper from virgin fiber.
• Only 10% of the energy used by an incandescent bulb produces light; the rest is given off as heat.
• If every household in the United States replaced just one package of virgin fiber napkins with 100% recycled ones, we could save 1 million trees.
• In the average home, 40% of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Across the US, this equals the annual output of 17 power plants.
• If you replace just one out of four of your light bulbs with fluorescents, you can save about 50% on your lighting bill.
• A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day, and a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons a day.
• Swapping 16 incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) saves emissions equivalent to taking a car off the road for a year.
• Almost 40% of America’s waste is paper and could be recycled, meaning fewer trees cut down.
• A standard-sized home solar energy system decreases monthly home energy bills by 40%-60%.
• If every American replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), the energy saved could light more than 2.5 million homes for a year.
• A family of four using low-flow showerheads instead of full-flow models can save about 20,000 gallons of water per year.
Mehr e Gyiah with Shan Fazeli on KIRN670am Tuesdays 7-9 pm