“The earth is what we all have in common”— Wendell Berry
Tomorrow, the world would celebrate the Earth Day which is an annual event, celebrated on April 22nd .On this day people around the world come together to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
We all know what that our environment is getting from bad from worse and is high time that we step in to conserve it so that our children can lead a healthy and safe life. So do you care about the environment? I know you might think that what change can you bring by celebrating Earth Day? But, we need to take one step at a time. Start with one day where we decide to do something that would bring in a change to our surroundings and well-being.
Earth Day is the perfect time to take a pledge to contribute to the betterment of our environment. It does not have to be something big or fancy, a small change can make a great difference.
Here’s how you can bring in a change this Earth Day
Carry your bag
Yes, we all go grocery shopping and expect our shopkeeper to give us those ‘not to be used’ plastic bags as they seem to be very convenient. Your first step towards saving your planet would be saying No to these bags and carrying your own re-usable cloth bags. These bags are easily available and do not cost much. Remember to keep a spare one in your car as well.
Organic products are expensive, but use them if you can as they reduce the toxins and don’t use harmful chemicals.Trying getting them directly from the farmers. A lot of people have started organic farming these days or they connect you directly to the farmers.
Bring home a plant
Plants purify the air by absorbing carbon dioxide .You can surely make some room for plants at home, they don’t occupy much space. Your apartment balcony or the lawn would be a perfect place for these green beauties. Plants like palms, ferns, rubber plants and even money plants are great air purifiers that can be kept both indoors and outdoors.
Create fodder for your plants at home
You don’t need to spend a hefty amount on this; your kitchen is the perfect place to get it. Compost your food waste like egg shells, banana peels, used tea leaves etc.to reduce the trash and make your plants happy by creating nutrient-rich soil.
Set the Thermostat
The heat is tremendous now, however just by adjusting your thermostat up 2 degrees this summer could help save CO2 emissions and also save some moolah!
Turn off the switch
We often miss out on this, but it is the simplest thing that we can do to bring in a change. Just turn off the fans &lights once we leave the room and also unplug any electronic device that is not in use ..even the television set top box and the ac stabilizer.
Avoid using disposable products
These products add to the waste .If you want to use them, then try using those made from recyclable or recycled materials. Buy products that are long-lasting, durable and can be reused or recharged.
Start a kitchen garden
It is not a very difficult task to do so as they say where there is a will, there is a way! Try & grow your own veggies that are chemical-free and nutritious. You can take help from the local gardener or a friend who has set up a kitchen garden.
Stop wasting water
Turn off the tap while brushing or shaving … not too difficult right .It is a habit that we need to change. A bath-tub bath is surely very relaxing but the amount of water that is used is crazy, try using the shower instead. It is also important to teach our children about water conservation as well.
An excellent way to save fuel, money and the environment. Increase in the number of vehicles is affecting our atmosphere. Air pollution is one the environmental issue that causes ‘global warming’. Carpooling reduces the number of automobiles on the road and in turn helps to reduce pollution.
So try some of these very simple and basic ways that can help you make some difference this Earth Day! Start with one day and when you feel the difference, you would surely make these your habit and also educate your children to make every day Earth Day !
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead
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