Some of us might wonder how much difference it can make to the world we live in if one individual changes his or her own habits. Well you can read the following article written by a student of mine who gives simple ways in which you as a single person can contribute to saving the environment.
“Make everyday earth day, by taking action to save the earth. You do not need to make drastic changes or drill a hole in your monthly budget for this. Rather this can be accomplished by making a few changes in your daily life.
Change your car driving habits. Pune is a city which is blessed by good weather all year round. Take a walk or ride a bicycle next time you need to go to the store round the corner. It will not only help the environment and your budget but will also give you an opportunity to exercise! If you do not have a cycle use the cycles on rent provided by so many organizations today which are normally found parked around your society as well! It will not only make you a healthier person but also reduce pollution. Save the Earth Save yourself!
Change your water consumption habits. Almost 65% of the water we use is in the bathroom. Have shorter showers. Do not leave the tap running when you are brushing your teeth. Buy an energy efficient showerhead. Limit your water usage as you wash dishes, also ask your maids not to waste water. Use waste water from mopping, dusting or washing to water your garden. Save the Earth, Save yourself!
Change your paper usage habits. 40% of the world’s commercially cut timber is used for paper. If you think you are paperless, think again! Re-evaluate your hard copies of bank statements, paper towels you use to clean the countertops and the way you wrap your presents. Save the Earth, Save yourself!
Change your paper printing habits. If a professor asks you to submit hard copies of your assignments then ask them if it is okay to print on both sides of the page. Even airports & movie theatres today are becoming paperless why not support them & bring home the change! Imagine a fish without water. Can it survive? Now imagine a world without Trees. Can we survive?’ Save the Earth, Save yourself!
Change your food parcel take away habits! Use refillable water bottles and reusable lunch containers- bottled water and single use packaging is wasteful. Be mindful of what you throw in the trash. Save the Earth, Save yourself!
Change your shopping habits! Despite everyone being aware that plastic bags are biggest contributors to global warming and a threat to marine life most of us ask for plastic bags unless banned by an authority. Carry reusable shopping bags with you before going for the next shopping trip. Encourage the use of jute or cloth bags beginning from yourself. Save the Earth, Save yourself!
Change the way you throw your trash! Teach children from childhood that they should throw garbage in dustbins. While travelling by car or bus each vehicle should have a special bag for garbage. Opening the window & throwing things out should not be an option and should be looked down upon. Moreover, if you can then separate the wet waste from the dry waste & make sure both reaches the right place. Save the Earth, Save yourself!
These simple changes in old habits can be good for the environment.
‘’DON’T BE GREEDY, IT’S TIME TO BE GREENY”
Special thanks to Ruchika Jain for sharing her article.
Prof. Neha Agarwal,
Asst. Professor (ISBS)