IIT Professor's special appeal to PM Modi and the country, wear clothes without ironing for at least a day

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: A man popularly known as the 'Solar Man of India' is the man behind the viral 'Wrinkles are Good' campaign. Name is Chetan Singh Solanki. Due to this campaign, more than 6 lakh Indians are reportedly going to work every Monday wearing unironed clothes. The IIT professor sitting in his solar-powered bus is also the official solar energy brand ambassador of MP. He recently spoke to Sharmila Ganesan Ram via Zoom about climate change, his 11-year journey and his positive outlook.This is the reason behind the appeal of wearing clothes without ironing
In the conversation, Chetan Solanki told that marriage is still a long way off. Meanwhile, we are all contributing to climate change. That's why I've started a weekly campaign called Wrinkles Are Good. It takes 5 to 7 minutes to iron a cloth. Every time ironing consumes 0.2 units of electricity. Since most of the world's electricity is generated from coal, this means that every time we iron, we emit about 200 grams of carbon. Since prevention is better than cure, we should feel proud to wear clothes without ironing to give a better future to the children. This campaign is now being adopted by about 6.5 lakh people from 340 organizations. After the elections, I am going to appeal to the PM to wear clothes without ironing on Monday and will appeal to the public to do the same.

This is the specialty of solar bus, these facilities are inside
The IIT professor said that today is the 1,263rd day of my Urja Swaraj Yatra. I have just reached Dehradun from Delhi. It is cool here, although not as cold as it should be. The whole idea of ​​the trip is that the public should understand where the problem and solutions of global warming lie. 99% people don't understand this. So, I drank solar tea with strangers on the road and I also host a podcast called 'Discussion on Solar Tea', on which I invite conversations with people who are working to solve the climate challenge. Are. are doing. Many people have given me space to stay in temples and hotels. But I feel most comfortable on the bus. Inside, there is a library, a kitchen with an induction stove, two coolers and a toilet. There is no fridge. Initially, we had to learn how to keep books from falling, and kitchen drawers from opening, but now we know how to manage it all. We've also figured out how to park the bus in a spot in such a way that it gets charged and doesn't get heated by the sun. Can you see greenery outside?

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Is there a climate clock on the bus?
I forgot to tell you, my bus also has a climate clock. This clock tells us how little time is left to completely eliminate carbon emissions. Right now, as we speak, the Earth's temperature is just five years and 100 days away from rising by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Global warming could reach 3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. Till now the temperature has increased by only 1.3 degrees Celsius, but we all have seen how much devastation it has caused in Dubai, Chennai and Uttarakhand. If we ignore the warning this time, we will be the ones who pay.

People don't understand the magnitude of climate change
It is a good thing that the Supreme Court is recognizing climate change. The European Court of Human Rights also recently said that Switzerland is not taking adequate steps in this matter. I assure you that Europe, America, India – no country is doing enough. The heat wave has caused more than 60,000 deaths in Europe alone. In Bangladesh alone, more than one million people are migrating every year because sea levels are rising. Recently an entire village has disappeared in Odisha. Most people do not understand the magnitude of climate change. Policies alone will not suffice; An emotional connect will have to be made with the public. Even the poorest of the poor consumes energy. Therefore, we must reach out to all people immediately. Educated people, politicians, even the press do not understand the energy game.

What is it that we are not able to understand?
The fact is that everything we do in our lives, whether it is brushing teeth, cooking, travelling, switching on lights, buying furniture or doing construction work – everything uses energy. . Secondly, 84% of the world's energy comes from coal, oil and gas. Every time you use these resources, carbon dioxide is emitted, which is a greenhouse gas and causes global warming. But we use things like paper napkins and plastic bottles without thinking and throw them away, ignoring their long-term effects. If increasing GDP only increases stress, violence, water quality and air quality problems, then why focus on increasing it?

Generating solar energy costs money. Making solar panels also requires silicon, copper wire and other resources. That means reducing energy consumption is most important. That's why I came up with the AMG philosophy. 'Stop, reduce'. Create'. If people don't follow AMG, they have to say OMG (Oh God!). I didn't tell them immediately. Told softly. When the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, I was very surprised that people were not paying more attention to it. I thought to myself what Mahatma Gandhi would have done. It is possible that he may have taken out a padyatra. So, I decided to embark on a solar-powered bus journey and vowed not to go back home until 2030 (the UN Sustainable Development Goals deadline).

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