Is there anything more frightening and awful than witnessing your entire world evaporate right before your eyes? We don’t think so. Overconsumption of natural resources, deforestation, and the generation of chemical waste are all examples of irresponsible human behavior that burden the ecosystem and have a negative influence on human life. Every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is commemorated to raise awareness about environmental conservation.
It is high time for each of us to do our part to safeguard and sustain our environment. Here are a few basic ways in which you can contribute.
PLANT MORE TREES
Trees are the greatest source of oxygen that removes carbon dioxide and provide fresh and pure air to breathe. They help decrease ozone levels in the environment, reduce noise pollution, and offer various fruits and flowers that provide several health benefits. You can also put indoor plants in your home to reduce the level of air pollutants like benzene and nitrogen dioxide and keep the air temperature down.
Always switch off the light, fan or A.C when you walk out of the room or don’t need them. Try to make better use of sunlight and avoid using artificial lights during the daytime. Unplug the electronic appliance when you are not using them. Along with helping the environment, it saves your electricity as well!!
Water is a natural resource and its supply is finite, therefore, to preserve our environment and minimize the effect of drought, it is necessary to conserve water. Take short showers. Do not keep the tap water running when you are washing dishes. Don’t waste too much water while flushing. It takes a great number of resources to get fresh and clean water delivered to your house, so please don’t waste it and use it wisely.
GO PAPERLESS OR USE LESS PAPER
In the office or at home, we all take a printout of documents, tickets, flyers, etc. Most of the time we throw away half-used notepads. Many trees are cut down every year to produce paper. So, by saving paper, you can do a huge favor to conserve the environment. Don’t take printouts unless it’s necessary. Don’t avail the of magazine subscriptions. Take notes on your mobile, instead of paper for immediate use.
Walking or riding your bicycle to commute to work, school, and other places will cut down the fuel consumption and burn some calories which is also beneficial for your health. Or you can also take public transport or try carpool. Stop the car when stuck in a jam or at the red light. You can also invest in a fuel-efficient car. Adopting these measures will save the fuel and reduce greenhouse gases in the environment.
USE JUTE BAGS
Avoid using plastic or paper bags every time you go grocery shopping. Because plastic is harmful to the environment that takes almost 450 years to decompose. Make it a habit to always carry an eco-friendly jute bag whenever you go shopping. Jute is a natural fibre that lasts longer and when left unused gets destroyed on its own without contributing to environmental pollution.
Recycling minimizes pollution and preserves our natural resources. The process is quite easy and all you have to do is make wise choices. Buy products that can be recycled or made from recycled materials. In supermarkets, pick the products with least packaging. Collect the materials that can be recycled and throw them in a recycle bin provided by the local council.