Any action of ours directly impacts the environment and with billions of species on earth, there is a threshold of the natural balance. We have seen and experienced the imbalance causing climatic changes, erratic weather such as incessant rains, biological disease spread, loss of habitats and habitations, natural disasters, etc. It is our conscious responsibility to gauge our actions and consider their consequence on the environment. Let us see how small changes in our lifestyle can help in environmental protection.
- Switch off lights, fans, and equipment when not in use
All of us have been hearing this umpteen number of times but instilling this as a habit will help in the conservation of energy and protection of our natural resources. And as an incentive, won’t you like the reduced electricity bill amounts?
- Limit the use of water
Water is a valuable resource and our quintessential requirement. Make sure the taps are opened when you need it only and not through the duration of brushing, washing the hands, or washing dishes. While cooking, use only as a minimum. Water scarcity is a major issue in many geographic locations and by this, we will help in conserving the valuable resource.
- Use of transportation
Try using public transportation whenever possible to commute. It can be a fun family activity to incorporate cycling, walking, and jogging in your daily activities. It saves fuel and limits pollution, and is a great family bonding activity.
- Limit paper use
Trees give us food, fruits, flowers, oxygen, provides us with medicines, serves as habitat for other species, control temperature, purify the air, combat climate change impacts, helps prevent soil erosion, saves us from ultraviolet rays and the list goes on. Trees are cut down daily for making paper for our consumption. Save the trees by limiting paper use.
- Three R (Recycle, Reuse, Repair)
Before repurchase or throwing away, do check if it can be recycled, reused, or repaired. Many items can be upcycled and repurposed (E.g. How about painting the container and making it into a pen stand?)
- Reduce the use of plastic
Reduce the use of plastic bags (many governments already have banned single-use plastic bags). But to the limit possible, try replacing plastic with other environment-friendly materials. How about replacing your carry bag with a multiple-use jute bag or a plastic drinking bottle with a greater life steel bottle?
- Check on the ingredient list
Do have a check on the ingredient list and see if the items on your shopping list are causing harm to the environment. There are high chances that if it is harming the environment then it is to you as well. Have a check on ingredients such as Synthetic fragrances, sunscreen with oxybenzone, lead, triclosan, microbeads (look for labels such as polyethylene, microbeads, micro-abrasives, Polypropylene, Polyethylene), BHA and BHT, Silicones.
- Reduce carbon emissions and use renewable sources of energy
Do have a check on your activities and the carbon emission it is generating. Carbon emissions have a direct impact on climate change. Use renewable sources of energy to contribute to energy conservation. How about a solar-charged water heater or a wristwatch?
- Check on energy-saving equipment
Are you planning on buying a new fridge or an air-conditioner?
These days most equipment have an energy star rating on their model display. Do have the habit of checking the energy-saving and consumption details that your device has.
In addition, it is also important to remind yourself and the family that we are co-living on earth. Any action of ours directly impacts other species and elements as well. Let us strive to give our children a hygienic, healthy, and pollution less environment.