April 21, 2009

Saving the Planet : An Open Source Way!

Today is Earth Day, (Earth day ,celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment). If we look at a broader scale of the global movement, we can see that the world is progressing towards a better position.Science and Technology helped us (and still helping us) improve a lot, but when we look at the nature and the destruction caused to it by humans, it is catastrophic. Several species of animals, plants, etc are already disappeared forever from our planet. We all know that there are a lot of people working to reverse these bad effects, but still things are not going very well.

I was thinking, if Open Source methodologies and members of the community can do something about it. So I googled about it a little and found an interesting movement called Cquestrate.


This project is based on an idea.

The idea works like this:

  • First, you heat limestone to a very high temperature, until it breaks down into lime and carbon dioxide.
  • Then you put the lime into the sea, where it reacts with carbon dioxide dissolved in the seawater.

The important point is that when you put lime into seawater it absorbs almost twice as much carbon dioxide as is produced by the breaking down of the limestone in the first place.

This has the effect of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It also helps to prevent ocean acidification, another problem caused by the increase in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

If done on a large enough scale it would be possible to reduce carbon dioxide levels back to what they were before the Industrial Revolution.

Read more on the idea from http://www.cquestrate.com/the-idea

How you can get Involved ?

Visit http://www.cquestrate.com/get-involved and get yourself informed on how you can participate on this project. There are number of ways you might be able to help our planet, tryout and be a part of this movement.

Also there are so many other things to save our planet. Like reducing the use of plastics, reusing plastic and computers, spreading awareness, etc..

Let's all work together to make our world a better place to live.

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