The human race has already done unimaginable harm to the Mother Nature and it’s high time that we show her some respect for nurturing us and our previous generations since time immemorial.
It’s true that we are too busy in our lives and neglect our environment but if this continues then there will be a time when only disaster would be surrounding us.
Scientists have cautioned us already with the dramatic evidence of global warming threatening the planet in quite an unexpected way by triggering earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and volcanic eruptions. We have witnessed some recent trailers of that sort which we cannot afford to overlook, like- the Philippines’ Typhoon ‘Haiyan’ (Nov. 2013) which is considered the strongest tropical cyclone in the history of mankind. Over 11.3 million people were affected and 700,000 displaced. Uttarakhand’s Himalayan Tsunami (June 2013) which is considered India’s worst natural disaster (since 2004 Tsunami) led by a multiple cloud burst, causing flashfloods, massive landslides and heavy rainfall affecting millions. Though according to the government records, only around 5,700 people died in the tragedy but it is speculated that the real number is far beyond that.
There are many such incidents to name but that will not be something new or unheard of. Nature is giving us a warning and being the ‘intelligent species’ we must not ignore it.
Many of us might think that what a feeble ‘I’ can do about such a big phenomenon of climate change or Global warming. Then I guess it’s time to test the power of ‘one’. A united effort will definitely bring in the expected change.
Seven simple steps can make a huge difference:
- R. Nandini
Switch off and Unplug
Switch off all the electrical appliances while leaving the room. It will save energy consumption and will indirectly help the environment by lowering the production through different mediums. Unplugging helps even more as leaving your devices plugged in, such as laptop or phone chargers can eat up "phantom" energy. Appliances use energy even when it is turned off. Try unplugging whenever possible.
Save water by closing the taps tightly enough after use. If there is a broken tap at your house or anywhere near you, take the pain of getting it repaired.
Use environment friendly appliances
They are not only cost effective but also do not produce harmful gases and rays. Compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy efficient appliances are a good choice, though a little heavy on the pocket at first but it results in saving your hard earned money in the long run plus suits the environment.
Cannot plant a tree? Bring a plant home
Even if you don’t like gardening you can at least make some space for a plant or two in your terrace. There are some plants which can be kept inside the house too as their sunlight requirement is quite less.
Use public transport
Many of us will still frown at this but looking at the current pollution rate it is the need of the hour. Try taking a walk if the distance is not much. As using a car for the nearby market is not at all a good idea with the present parking issues as well.
Use rechargeable batteries
Instead of disposable batteries, rechargeable batteries can help save the environment in multiple ways. As rechargeable batteries will not take up the landfill space, subsequently, would also not leak acid into the Earth like the disposable ones.
Stop using plastic bags
Try to use cloth or paper bags instead. This will reduce our landfills immensely.