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Sunday, December 12, 2010

How Green Are You?

No! don't rush towards that mirror next to you. Well... you don't need to stand in front of a mirror to know how green you are. You don't even have to look at yourself from the head to the toe to know how green you are. Green is also not what you will become after wearing the mask of Stanley Ipkiss (remember Jim Carrey in the movie "The Mask"). The green here is not the color of the clothes or the shoes that you are wearing. It's not even the color of your hair.

ECOogical Quotient (ECO-Q)

Is green not a color then, you will ask? Yes it is, and you reaction to this question is but natural. The green here, however, signifies your ECOogical Quotient (ECO-Q). ECO-Q is Just like IQ and EQ.

How green are you is, simple speaking, your ECO-Q. A simple test below will tell you where your ECO-Q stands and how green you are.
  • In the last week, I walked more than once for some household work - like buying small quantities of groceries from the nearby store.
  • On one of the days last week, I went to the office using public transport
  • A good portion of my daily diet includes seasonal vegetables, salads, fresh fruits
  • While taking bath, I make sure not to keep the tap water running continuously
  • While going for shopping, I prefer to carry my own bags
How to Calculate Your ECO-Q
  • Step 1 : Put a "Yes" or "No" against the above questions
  • Step 2 : Give yourself 1 mark wherever you have put a "Yes" and -2 marks wherever you put a "No"
    • Note - remember everything you do has as impact on the environment - either positive or negative!. It is always easier to prevent an ecological excess than to tun it back. It may be quite difficult to undo some of the ecological excesses like melting of ice in north pole. At times, it nay just be impossible to undo some of the ecological excesses such as extinction of a particular species.
  • Step 3 : Add the marks to obtain your ECO-Q score 

How to Interpret Your ECO-Q Score

  • Perfect 5 - You are a born conservationist and naturalist. Hats off to you!
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 - You are positively helping the environment but can do some more. Keep up the good work!
  • 0 - Your existence on the planet is yet to result in any ecological benefit.
  • Less than 0 - You need to do something fast to help save the planet. All are counting on you to save Mother Earth.

IQ - Intelligence Quotient - denotes how closely your resemble great scientists, mathematicians, researchers, intellectuals, etc. (think of Aryabhata, Ramanujam, Einstein, etc.) and EQ - Emotional Quotient - denotes how closely you resemble successful leaders, politicians, etc. (think of Sardar Patel, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Bill Clinton, etc.).

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