What happens when you watch a movie that deeply influences, raises the questions and suddenly brings clarity to those that has been nagging in your mind for many years? Well, this is what I did. I came up with this list.
1. Use light rail for commuting whenever possible. This might take some time to get used to. But it is far better than spending hours in blocked traffic when you can spend some quality time with your fellow travelers or open your mind by reading books or just watch people.
2. Use paper or cloth bags for grocery shopping. This is no biggie. I can do this one!
3. Switch off the air conditioning in the mornings and use it only when absolutely necessary. This in not going to be hard as I have spent my share of summers in the heat waves of New Delhi.
4. Use fuel efficient cars. Actually, I am doing this already as I have the car from my favorite automaker – Honda
5. Walk whenever possible to nearest grocery store however inconvenient that can be. Walking with a toddler who has incessant curiosity and a mind of her own to a grocery store, and then back home with hefty bags; can’t imagine that. But I will give it a try for an abridged shopping list.
6. Use lights to the least extent one day per week. Use beeswax candles instead. This would need some amount of convincing to reach a consensus in my family. Worth a try!
7. Use organically grown food products. Although over the past few years I have become a fan of organic food, at times, time constraints and lack of specialty food availability has pushed me to the other side. But I am firm on this resolution.
8. Plant something. Planting is easy. But taking care of it needs special attention and care, like kids. Anyhow they will pay attention to you!
9. Increase awareness of Global Warming among your friends, colleagues and anybody. That’s exactly what I am doing right now.
10. Contribute your time, energy or ideas to a project that fights Global warming. Vote for Members project – Global reforestation.
Concluding on a supplementary savory and spicy note – a recipe made with organic farm raised tilapia, my entry for Meeta's Monthy-Mingle:Earth Food @ What's For Lunch, Honey?.
¾ lb of fish cleaned and cut into cubes. I used tilapia in this dish.
6 shallots thinly sliced
3 – 4 sliced chilies
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 inch ginger finely chopped
1 tbsp chillie powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Handful of curry leaves
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 – 5 tbsp of coconut milk powder
2 -3 kudampuli (Kerala Tamarind or Gamboge known in English)
Sea salt to taste
Marinate the fish with chillie powder and turmeric and keep it aside.
Serve it hot with rice!
Recipe Note: Adjust water-coconut milk powder accordingly for maintaining consistency of the curry. Add more powder and less water for a thicker curry.