The Sun 🌞: A resource for us Earthlings

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Manish Kothari taking his social engineering to rural India, established a SPB Plant at Makhrelui village, Manipur

For nearly a decade, the concept of resource efficiency has been a recurring theme in my life. It’s a concept that challenges us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world and the resources it offers. As I delved deeper into this topic, I was struck by a fundamental truth: the only external resource continuously gifted to us is the Sun’s energy. This realization came from academic theories about entropy and energy conservation and a deep-seated understanding of our planet’s delicate balance.

The Sun bathes our Earth in light during the day, while at night, its energy reaches us indirectly through the Moon’s reflection. Once harvested and stored, all other resources on Earth are finite and subject to depletion. This stark reality begs a scientific inquiry into the energy the Sun provides and how we, as a global community, utilize this bounty to sustain life on our planet.

Recent discussions and studies indicate that our non-renewable resource efficiency may hover around a mere 22 to 25%. This figure, gleaned from a panel discussion, highlights a troubling inefficiency in harnessing and deploying the resources at our disposal. Our prevailing ‘take, make, use, throw’ mentality shows the mismanagement of these precious materials, contributing to climate change and environmental issues.

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Manish Kothari with the members of Empretec India and SEVA at Makhrelui village, Manipur

The visible consequences of our actions, from the burning of crop residues to the disposal of plastics and textiles, are just the tip of the iceberg. These actions not only squander resources but also disrupt the natural energy balance, with excess energies manifesting as heat, contributing to global warming. Amidst this, the relentless consumerism driving economic growth seems increasingly at odds with the imperative of resource efficiency.

Reflecting on moral science lessons from my youth, the adage “health is wealth” resonates more profoundly than ever. It prompts a critical question: why do we chase material wealth at the expense of our health and the planet’s well-being? The Sun, with its boundless energy, offers us a lifeline, a chance to reset our priorities and realign our actions with the principles of sustainability and conservation.

In my journey, I’ve been privileged to contribute to solutions that embody this philosophy. The Silica Plastic Block technology, developed by Rhino Machines, represents a significant stride towards extending the lifecycle of natural and synthetic materials. Similarly, Meemansa’s upcycling initiative, spearheaded by my sister and partner Priyanka Bapna, transforms textile waste into valuable products, thus preventing further environmental degradation.

These endeavours, grounded in a deep respect for the Sun’s generative power, are initiatives of hope. They exemplify how we can foster a sustainable balance between consumption and conservation by harnessing solar energy and other renewable resources. Petroleum, a resource millions of years in the making, epitomizes the urgency of this balance. Our consumption far outpaces its natural replenishment, underscoring the need for innovative approaches to resource utilization.

As we look to the Sun, our ceaseless provider, it’s incumbent upon us to honour this relationship. The solutions we seek, whether through renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, or waste upcycling, are within our grasp. It is through dedication, innovation, and a profound respect for the natural world that we can aspire to a future where resource efficiency is not just an ideal but a lived reality.

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  • Manish Kothari

    Manish Kothari is the Managing Director at Rhino Machines Pvt Ltd, a visionary leader at the forefront of promoting antiviral technologies, fostering ecommerce solutions, championing Made in India products, driving wasterecycling initiatives, and inspiring groundbreaking product innovation. With his passion for sustainability and innovation, he continues to pave the way for transformative advancements in multiple sectors.

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