SN Tripathi Memorial Lectures (2011)…

'Human Race Will Be Extinct Within The Next 100 Years..•.'
Dr Pradeep K.Srivastava

Pradeep K. Srivastava is a scientist inCentral Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India. He is involved in developing technology for the production of various drugs and pharmaceuticals. He has got R&D experience of more than 30 years and is presently working on a drug for Brain Stroke. He is the first person in the world to start a novel concept called "SCIENTOONS" a new class of cartoons,which are based on science .He is the father of SCIENTOONICS, a new branch of science that deals with science communication. He has delivered more than 750 invited lectures so far inIndia,Thailand,Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, USA and Caribbean countries covering more than 24 different topics.He is the winner of "TiiE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON OF 1HE WORLD" award given by JUNIOR CHAMBER INTERNATIONAL (USA) to10 selected persons of the world,annually.He also got "THE OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON OF INDIA" award given by Indian Junior Chamber. "SILVER :MEDAL" for the best lecture in the Asian Conference held at National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE. (1988). Singapore based magazine "The Young Scientist" which is read by more than 100,000 (11akh) children in Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia and also India has selected him as the"International Brand Ambassador".

Though it looks impossible but certainly it compels us to think that in which direction we are going. Every one using the best detergent, chemicalcoming out as effluent from the factories, use of various toilet cleaners, excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides and insecticides, and all these products are late. I try not to express that because ultimately going to pollute our water resources specially the ground water Imagine after 100 years which water purifiers will be able to make the water drinkable? 200 crore people belonging to 60 countries of the world are dying for drinking water. The ground water of Lucknow has gone down to more than 25 feet in the last 15 years. This alarms for the very serious crisis in the time to come for Lucknowites. Climatic change,

increasing population resulting in over exploitation of ground water is really alarming. Another very important point is that we are forgetting the traditional system of water conservation. By the year 2050, around 700 crore people in the world may be struggling for clean and safe drinking water. All the forts in the country may it be Agra, Kalinzer fort in UP, Fateh Pur Sikri or frts in Rajasthan, all had an excellent tradition of conserving the rain water and storing it nicely for drinking. Chittorgarh, a fort in Rajasthan (India) has once 84 water bodies covering 40% of the area of the fort. It has talab, baoli, kund, that too at the height of 152 meters in Aravali hills. It could store about 4 billion liters of water. An army of 50, 000 could have survived for more than 4 years if there are no rains at all. At the same time I have seen people in queue for collecting drinking water in Cherapunji, the one of the most wet places in country . Rain water harvesting should be a must for all the resident of Lucknow. It will help in replenishing the ground water. RTRWH can provide you enough water for gardening, washing of car, clothes and floor. In a roof of 100 sq. meter area, if annual rainfall is around 900 mm, then 96000 liters of water can be collected.(courtesy Center for Science and Environment data in Down to earth magazine).

Products & Potential Hazardous Waste:

1. Plastic: Organa chlorine, Organic solvents
2. Pesticides: Organic solvents& phosphorus compounds
3. Medicine: Organic solvents, residues, heavy metals
4. Paints: Heavy metals, pigments, solvents
5. Leather: Heavy metal, dyes, organic solvents
6. Textiles: Dyes