Dear Sir,  

The government’s decision to phase out the use of incandescent light bulbs in Qatar  (Gulf Times, May 1) is a step in the right direction, aiming to help reduce harmful carbon emission.  
Erratic weather patterns are being witnessed throughout the world, with extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms becoming quite common.
Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, according to studies.
Global warming and climate change issues are perhaps the greatest threat to our planet. If these trends are left unchecked, our planet would gradually become a vast desert.
Kahramaa’s ongoing National Campaign for the Conservation and Efficient use of Water and Electricity (Tarsheed), which is being executed with the slogan “Keep Qatar Pulsing. Consume Wisely”, deserves praise and appreciation in this context. It gives us hope that all is not lost and we can turn the tide on erratic climate by embracing green energy solutions.
Incandescent bulbs are an environmental hazard since they produce massive carbon dioxide emissions. They’re incredibly cheap to purchase up front, but astonishingly expensive to use over time. A typical incandescent light bulb is 10 times more expensive to operate than an LED light bulb. It also produces 10 times as much carbon dioxide that contributes to global warming.
I urge both nationals and expatriates to use LED bulbs only. And we must not waste electricity. Qatar is blessed with abundant sunlight which we must take advantage of. We should  conserve our environment for future generations.
Let’s “keep Qatar pulsing”!

George Matubia, [email protected]

Change mentality

Dear Sir,

In response to H K Madhu’s letter,  “A PM who is in touch” (Gulf Times, May 2), I would like to request him not to judge or generalise anyone’s credibility on personal grounds. You have to evaluate a leader’s performance objectively. Here, I would like to ask Madhu why Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains silent when injustice is done as in the case of Mohamed Akhlaq’s murder in Dadri, the Muzaffar Nagar riots, etc. I can list many other cases too.
India is a secular country and it should remain so. If one analyses the secret of developed countries’ success, one finds that people there, even while  having differences in religious beliefs,  remain united  and productive to make their homelands strong. What do politicians in India do? They divide people and then rule them. But I strongly believe that India can still forge ahead if we all change our mentality and  remain united, working  jointly for the country’s progress.

MR, (Full name and address supplied)

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