More than anything else this devastating pandemic has taught us the importance of respecting and taking care of Mother Earth. For years, the goodness of Nature is being misused. The growing exploitation of natural resources for our own good has resulted in shortage of water, many species going extinct, increasing pollution leading to health hazards. While many have been putting in efforts to save Earth, there are still others who are yet to do their part. On World Earth Day today (April 22), celebrities talk about the eco-friendly measures they undertake on a daily basis to do their bit. Take a cue:
I don’t use plastic bags because it is harmful for nature and animals. Plastic creates a lot of pollution, so I always carry my own paper or cloth bag whenever I step out to shop for clothes, essentials or groceries. Apart from that I love plants and enjoy doing home gardening. In my hometown, we have a small garden and we do organic farming. My father is in the army, whenever he comes home he also does farming and has inculcated that habit in us.
I have been working towards restoring the earth for a long time. My company has reduced the use of paper to 50%, and my aim is to go paperless in future. One of the key processes to restore Earth is climate and environment literacy. At my office, we have put up pictorial sign boards across all the tissue dispensers to save trees and near the water taps to save water, in Hindi as well as English languages. Climate and environmental literacy is one of the key points amongst planting trees and global cleanups. Our staff follow it and we also tell them to request people they know to do the same. I alone cannot restore earth, but I also know together we can! Tell more people, put up sign boards, schools and colleges should make sure children are educated about how to save the environment and inspire and educate people around them.
There are a few lifestyle changes that we can do to protect our environment. Reduce, reuse, and recycle are key words. Cut down on what you throw away, reuse water, paper etc, volunteer for cleanups in your community. The next thing is to educate. The more you know, the more you can help others to learn what they can do to save our planet. Conserve water. Choose sustainable and biodegradable products. Shop wisely, use long-lasting light bulbs and plant trees.
World Earth Day should be celebrated every day because if we don’t wake up to reality and continue to exploit nature, then we are actually destroying our own planet. There are many small things which we can take care of and contribute to save Earth. Save water, electricity, stop using plastic, avoid going for long drives just for fun as smoke emission from cars pollute the environment etc. I do have three small gardens in all the three balconies in my house.
Ajay Singh Chaudhary
We have to do many things if we want to save our planet. Avoid using plastic. In fact plastic should be banned. Plant trees and save water. I remember watching this interesting documentary titled Seaspiracy on Netflix, do watch that for a better understanding of the hazardous impact fishing industries have on oceans. If you don’t save our water bodies and do not stop throwing garbage into seas, oceans, ponds, rivers etc, then we are actually destroying mother Earth slowly. Plant trees in your neighbourhood, maintain a small garden and gift plants as gifts. It’s time we take proper care of Mother Earth.