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World Environment Day: I will do my bit

Author: Alok Sood   |   Date: 01 Jun 2017   |   Comment: 0 Share:   |     |     |  

World Environment Day: I will do my bit

On this World Environment Day 5th June, 2017, let us all, as individuals, Pause and Think! Pause, because it provides a break from what we are engaged with, at a given moment. It takes your mind away from the routine, and the thinking attached with it. It provides an opportunity for a fresh look. And fresh look is what we need to have on the practices we all follow as individuals that impact our environment negatively, and become aware of how can we adopt practices that are sustainable for the environment.

Do you fall in the category of those who are high on the list of contributors to environmental degradation? The answer by most of us might be a “no”, with a routine thinking mind. But, if we actually analyse our actions we might find that the reality is quite different! We should not just stop the environmental degradation, but promote its conservation, and above all, work towards its restoration. Are we really doing our bit, as an individual or just satisfying ourselves that we are?

Four of the biggest challenges that we face are:

  1. Climate change
  2. Pollution of air and water resources
  3. Deforestation
  4. Water scarcity.

So how we, as individuals, can contribute to environmental protection and restoration? Obviously by following practices which are environmentally friendly. Here are a few simple tips that we all can adopt which are critical to our contribution:

  • Conserve energy & move to non-conventional sources
  1. Use energy saving equipment like digital geysers, energy efficient ACs, LED lighting, refrigerators that dispense ice & water without opening the doors, etc.
  2. Stay away from the ‘use & throw’ culture generally speaking as it reduces the need for manufacturing and thereby increased demand for energy. Similarly, be sure to buy things that you really need and not just stack, including watching your wardrobe!
  3. Move to non-conventional energy for your domestic needs by switching to solar power to whatever extent it might be possible to begin with. A start is better than being standstill!
  • Minimize the use of chemicals & reduce emissions
  1. Go traditional and use bar soaps at home to prevent over-usage of soap from dispensers and resultant draining of chemicals into the ground.
  2. Support bids in your residential societies or in houses to use organic waste to generate compost to be used rather than the chemical fertilizer.
  3. Buy appropriate vehicles for use that meet the latest environmental norms and develop habit for walking / cycling short distances whenever possible.
  • Support conservation of forests & promote plantations
  1. Once again, go traditional and avoid paper napkins and towels. Use cloth towels and shopping bags.
  2. Contribute financially or physically in ways to promote afforestation and plantations.
  • Conserve water
  1. When building your own (or someone else’s) house, it is wiser not to unnecessarily cover all open areas concretised. Use of loose rubble / interlocking tiles in drive / walk ways allow rainwater percolation and replenishment of ground water which is fast depleting in our cities. Rainwater harvesting is the desperate need that we should all recognise and adopt.
  2. Install digital geysers in your home, so that you heat the water only just enough to suit your body temperature and preferences, and avoid wasteful use of water in trying to correct the temperature by mixing from and adjusting taps.
  3. In conjunction with these geysers if one uses the right kind of taps & showers that effectively sprinkle water (unlike the showers often seen in hotels that throw excessive water) it makes a big change. An adult male can bath appropriately using shampoo and soap with just about half a bucket of water! The females with long hair will need more water of course when they shampoo.
  4. Use of sprinklers in the garden, no running (but filled up) water for washing, the waste water from the R.O. to be used in cleaning, and many more of such tips can be found online to implement. Please make an effort to research, discuss and adopt.

It is never too late to start, but we must begin timely before it actually gets too late. I have  adopted majority of the ideas floated in this blog years ago, and I am moving ahead. Are you?

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