Yes, we all know that the production of paper is costing our environment quite a good deal. Trees are being felled, the environmental balance is off and a lot more. But do we really understand the seriousness of the situation? Fell a tree, plant a tree in its place – is it as simple as that?
To put it bluntly, NO. No, it isn’t as simple as that. We at Genius Lead are very passionate about conserving the environment. Passionate may be putting it lightly. We are deeply affected and disturbed by what is being done to the planet. We shudder to think what will be left for our children. We decided to take ACTION. But before that, we’d like to show you why going paperless is that important.
Numbers Tell All
Statistics put world consumption of paper to have grown 400% in the last 40 years. Research published in the journal Nature shows that over 15 billion trees are cut down each year, and the global number of trees has fallen by approximately 46% since the start of human civilization. Humans have thus effectively wiped out nearly half of what nature intended for the earth, and this number includes the little we have restored through initiatives to plant trees.
While not discounting re-planting drives, the point is that the effect of PREVENTION far exceeds attempts at a cure. Going paperless hits that pain point and weeds out the problem at its root. That is why going paperless is that important.
The impact of using paper is especially profound when calculated in small towns like my home city Mysore in India. In an attempt to start rectifying the situation, I created an app called the Smart Attendance. These are the calculations that motivated the effort that went into getting my app out.
Each school uses 8 sheets per month in the Attendance Register to mark the ATTENDANCE of students.
1 sheet = 15 inches long
8 sheets per month = 120 Inches = 10 Feet per month
There are about 4000 schools in Mysore = 40,000 Feet per month
This means 7.5 Miles of paper/Month (12 Km/Month)
= 90 Mile/Year (144 Km/Year)
This means 7 TREES are felled every year in Mysore District for this.
Research shows that there are around 1.3 million schools in India. [Source: MHRD data]
1.3 million schools = 13 million Feet Per Month
= 2462 Miles/Month (3962 Km/Month)
= 29,544 Miles/Year (47544 Km/Year)
About 1 tree is felled for every 13 miles of paper
(Source: Research from Richard Branson)
= 2,272 TREES are felled per year just to mark the attendance in India!!
One Small Step for Man, A Giant Leap for the Planet
Can you imagine what a change it would mean by a small step. This is why I have launched the Smart Attendance app. Teachers will no longer have to use paper when they take attendance and it will also eliminate the time consuming task of keeping records manually. I am working fervently to get this out to the schools in India. I have started in my hometown Mysore, which is small city in India. The app was launch edon the 22nd of July in Mysore and the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Maharaja Yuduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar supported the event with his honourable presence.
You can have a look at the event highlights on our site or support my cause by heading to my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/geniusleaduk/
Download the App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartattendance.smartattendance