This World Environment Day, extend your protection, from your immediate family and friends to the larger family of Mother Earth.
India, like many other countries, faces several alarming environmental issues. We all know about them, read about them, and even face them on a regular basis. But we still complain about the weather in the city and the increasing pollution. We still request our grocery stores and vegetable vendors for a plastic bag to carry what we’ve purchased. And taking a steaming hot shower after a tiring day feels normal.
Imagine a scorching hot day without electricity and water. Tough? Yes! Can we do something about it? YES!
Small changes in our daily habits can make a big difference and help protect the environment. This World Environment Day, we bring to you some tips on habitable changes that we can adapt to create a big impact. Shall we?
Discarding food waste in landfills leads to greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change. Repeating meals gets boring. More often than not, our go-to solution is to dispose of them. How about getting innovative and trying to make something new out of them instead? Toss some vegetables, add some seasoning, and bring some flavour to the leftover white rice that you couldn’t finish the previous day. You don’t even need to buy extra veggies for this. We bet the vegetable tray in your refrigerator has one carrot, 2-3 beans, and half a capsicum, just waiting for their turn! By wasting food you are also wasting the resources (like water and electricity) that were used to make it.
Here’s a tip you might have never come across. Don’t go to a grocery store hungry! Otherwise, you tend to buy everything you see, especially the snack racks that call out to you. Plan your week’s meals, make a list, buy only what you need, tick off from your list, and head to the billing counter. Focus is key even while shopping for groceries! Going to the store with a plan (and full stomach) can avoid a cart overloaded with items that will ultimately end up in the trash. Oh and also carry your shopping bag along with you, so you don’t have to ask for one at the store. Say no to plastic.
Juice bottles, beverage bottles, coffee jars! They have potential even when they are empty. Get innovative with them. You can reuse them to store water, spices, or even grow a plant. Plastic and glass can be easily repurposed. A full jar can provide you with food, but an empty one can give birth to a new life. You are not only reducing waste but also planting trees. Easy and so fulfilling, right? How about doing a team activity with your friends this weekend? Hand over whatever empty jars and bottles you have at home and ask them to create something. You can thank us later for sorting your weekend!
Are you wondering how sharing a ride with your co-worker will help the environment? It will take one car, and its carbon dioxide emissions off the road. Added perk? Who does not like some company while travelling to and fro from work! The more people hop on the carpooling bandwagon, the less we will hear about the alarming traffic conditions in the city too.
Do you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth? If yes, thank you! You are already making a difference. If not, and you are habituated to keep the tap running while brushing your teeth, you need to stop NOW. Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth twice a day, you can save up to 8 gallons of water! If you have leaks in your washroom taps, we have another task for you this weekend: call a plumber and get them fixed. It might not impact you immediately, but wastage of water will impact all of us in the long run.
This is an easy plan, isn’t it? Let’s get started with it today! Instead of merely wishing each other a Happy Environment Day, let’s try to make a difference and pave the way for a brighter and happier future.
Have more such easy tips that you follow daily? Share them in the comments section below. Together let’s work towards this!
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