It’s more figurative than literal, you know? The environment being cooler, I mean. We all know about the Earth rapidly moving towards its sixth mass extinction period. It’s not a ‘trending topic’, so you probably haven’t been coming across posts about it right now. How will you anyway? The world View Full Post;
It’s more figurative than literal, you know? The environment being cooler, I mean. We all know about the Earth rapidly moving towards its sixth mass extinction period. It’s not a ‘trending topic’, so you probably haven’t been coming across posts about it right now. How will you anyway? The world writes about what people are talking about, which in a way is depressing, because even though Bajrangi Bhaijaan might be what we want to talk about, our environment shouldn’t go unnoticed.
The important thing, however, is that we are in the stage that we are in, because we took the Earth for granted. It’s true; talking and writing about it doesn’t make a difference, and yes, we know, ‘Mai akele kaise change laa sakta hu‘ might be valid. But we have to start somewhere. So you are a role model. You have the power, although limited, to make a change. It’s totes amaze to influence people around you enough to change their view towards the environment.
But no, you don’t have to change your lifestyle for the sea of change you’re about to bring about. Just these 11 simple steps should do the trick.
1. Create a compost heap in your garden or use a compost bin. This helps recycle food waste and other biodegradable materials. It doesn’t have to be a big one, just a small area should do. If you’re living in a society complex, ask authorities if you can start one. Not only will people take notice, but they’ll also look up to you for bringing about a change.
2. When you go shopping, make it a habit to bring your own eco-bags. Meanwhile, say ‘no’ to plastic bags as much as possible. Have a bag made of cloth, and keep it as your designated shopping bag. Not only will it help save the environment, but it will also save the poor little stray animals who eat everything in sight, plastic included. Try disposing waste in eco-friendly bags. Honestly, it’s not expensive.
3. Join as many tree planting drives as you can. In fact, you can even do these sitting at home nowadays. Just go online and try Googling it. There are organisations willing to plant as many as 100 saplings for as low as 200 rupees!
4. If possible, try carpooling to work, business presentations, events, or even to run errands. Think of ways you can reduce the number of trips you make using your car. This will not only help you conserve petrol, but also help with air and noise pollution. Not to forget, it’ll reduce traffic on the roads too. On a slightly different note, don’t you just love company on your drives?
5. Reduce emissions from cars by walking or cycling. These are not just great alternatives to driving, they also help a great deal in burning calories, and keeping you fit.
6. Use public transport, when you can, for everyday travel. If you don’t have plans elsewhere after work, isn’t it easier to just take the metro? You’d also cut down your travel time by at least half if home is far off.
7. Send your discarded bottles, papers, used oil, old batteries and used tyres to a depot for recycling or safe disposal. All these cause very serious pollution. Better still, make art!
8. Do not pour chemicals and waste oil on to the ground or into drains leading to bodies of water.
9. Use solar energy. It might be a big step, but it’s the right way forward. Not only will it help the environment in a HUGE way, it will also save you the cost of electricity, which, as you’d know, is skyrocketing.
10. Buy only as much as you will eat. This will help reduce waste and the over-production of food, that will in turn save natural resources and habitats. It will also help you save money, and help your wedding fund or Steve-Madden-fund, or whatever cause you believe in.
11. Turn off any lights and electronics when they are not being used. It will take you all of 20 seconds to just double-check everything before you leave home. Leaving devices plugged in, such as laptop chargers or toasters, can use “phantom” energy. Because even when an appliance is turned off, it may still use power.