We are not detached from the crippling problems that our Mother Earth undergoes every day. With global warming, dying oceans, endangered species and water shortage becoming a common phenomenon, there is too much we want to do but little knowledge of where to begin from. It may seem like one individual’s action and efforts are pointless to save the earth, but the fact is that countless deeds in our everyday life are enough to bring about significant changes, some measurable ones while some which might bear fruit in the years to come.
Changing lifestyles, personal habits and educating people around about the importance of conserving nature are small yet impactful ways to contribute to save the earth.On the world earth day, let’s celebrate the nature around us and begin to make the world a better, beautiful and wonderful place for ourselves, our children and for the generations to come.
Here are 5 easy ways to help save the earth:-
Let charity begin at home– When you do not know where to begin from, look inside your homes. We have a tendency of collecting plastic bags and bottles and reusing them over and over again. Plastic bottles take hundreds of years to disintegrate. They can not only be hazardous for your health but will have far reaching impact on the environment.
Care for the Air –Air is an indispensable part of our living. While most of us know that air pollution is one of the gravest problems that our earth faces today, not much has been done towards reducing it. Instead of using vehicles within close proximities, we must walk the distance. Likewise, when one is indoors, one should refrain from using air conditioners and air fresheners assuming it is purifying the air. Instead try installing a good quality air purifier with a high efficiency particulate air filtration (HEPA) filter, as it can trap small particles and pollutants, thereby significantly improving the air and therefore the environment.
Water Woes– Inspite of being told a billion times about the importance of water conservation, we still conveniently ignore a leaky faucet or a runny tap. We also wash our clothes in machines when there are only handful of dirty laundry. You are using more power, more energy and therefore more electricity, than necessary. Instead run a machine once you collect a bag full of clothes. Secondly, understand the water conditions prevalent in your area by consulting an expert. Adopt a RO (reverse osmosis) water system only if there is supply of hard water in your area as this system uses up more amount of water during purification.
Lead the E-life- Like e-commerce is the new buzzword among marketers and consumers, let e-bills be the new trend in your homes. Instead of paper bills and statements every month, switch to e-statements and e-bills. Switch to net banking instead of passbooks. These may be small effort on your part but a significant one indeed.
Less is More-We often tend to hoard things assuming we might need them in the future? A close look at your home can verify this contention. Prime reasons why we contribute to degrading the earth is we buy more than we need. The problem with growing purchasing power parity and aspirational values is that we buy more, use less and need it even lesser.
No matter what the age is or how small the apartment is, plant a plant. A little amount of greenery will pave path for a brighter, safer and greener tomorrow. Taking care of the earth is not just a responsibility, it’s a privilege each one of us are blessed with. Let it be a tiny step, starting today.
By: Dr. Johnson,Eureka Forbes Institute of Environment