TEN CONCERNS WE SHOULD CONSIDER TO SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT
Environment means the surrounding where we live and develop our character. Environment includes everything upon which we are depended directly or indirectly for our survival. It includes components like soil, air, water, flora and fauna.
Environmental Protection Act (1986) defined “Environment as the sum total of water, air and land and their interrelationship among themselves and with the human beings, other living beings and property.” Eventually we can state that environment form and influence our life. It is the environment which provide us food to eat, water to drink and air to breath. Simply it is a life support system for everyone living on the earth. So it is our duty to protect the earth from depletion or degradation. It is being depleted for several issues like soil erosion, deforestation, pollution and ozone layer depletion which again causes global warming. These environmental exhaustion threatens the existence of life on earth. There are some climatic issues like Green House effect, Acid Rain, Ozone Layer depletion etc that adversely affect environment.
So, it is our first and foremost duty to save the planet and act Eco-friendly by adopting some mechanisms to reduce environmental damage such as :
Water Conservation comprises activities to manage fresh water as a sustainable resource, to protect the water environment, and to meet present and future human demand. Climatic changes can increase pressures on natural water resources in manufacturing and agricultural irrigation. Energy can also be conserved through managing water resources and ensure availability of water for future generations. As the availability of water becomes limited to extent, the costs to both the provider and consumer are increased. Therefore, human should take economic incentive to conserve water. Minimizing use of water helps to preserve wildlife and many other hydrological processes.
Recycle all you can
The best way to minimize pollution is through recycling and reusing the garbage which are possible. When we burn garbage it emits harmful gases which causes ozone layer depletion and also causes respiratory diseases like cough, asthma etc. Recycling things lead to less greenhouse gas emissions, less pressure on landfills and more natural resources for future generations. The more we buy, the more we throw and the more we create waste ! Hence, when we reduce,reuse and we recycle, we reduce the pollution that results from manufacturing the new products.
Use nature-friendly bags
When you talk about nature friendly bags, the only thing comes into our mind is non-woven fabric bags ! Non woven fabric bags are Eco-friendly, durable and reusable that takes the place of plastic bags. These nature friendly bags are very light weight and easy to carry goods in our day-to-day life. Non-woven fabric bags are available in attractive colours, different designs, styles, and they display many important messages. It is very hard to believe but report says, if a reusable bag is used once at least per week, then there would be no need to use 52 plastic bags per year. These bags are perfect choice of the customers that can be used for a lifetime.
Avoid using non-biodegradable items
Products like glass, synthetic rubber and steel are the non-biodegradable wastes which do not get decomposed by the action of micro-organisms and they remain in the environment for a prolonged period by polluting the whole ecosystem. It accumulates in the land which cause pollution, it emits toxic pollutants when these products are exposed to air, water and sunlight. So, we should avoid using these products as it is very harmful to the environment in one or another way.
Be a conscious consumer
It is our responsibility to be a conscious consumer by judging yourself how our purchases are impacting other people and the organic environment. Purchase of lot of excess stuffs would not result in saving resources and money as well. We should buy durable products which can last for longer period to reduce excess use of money. It is our responsibility to serve the earth by adopting nature friendly goods.
Plant a tree
"Going green'' is not a tough task because the techniques used for this might be new but simple things can make a difference. We should plant more and more trees and implement sophisticated techniques to create an ecosystem that provide habitat and food for human and wildlife. Use of rain barrels or other containers to gather rainwater can be used to water plants. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gas from the air and release oxygen.
Use reusable bottles for water
Reusable water bottles cab be used for multiple trips and obviously costs something and monetary and environmental terms. Nearly 90% of plastic bottles are not recycled, instead taking thousands of years to decompose. But buying a reusable water bottle and filling water into it shall be a great choice for the environment. It is worth of saving money, energy and health of human being. Filling up a reusable water bottle for the day can be more convenient than finding a store that sells bottled water and having to wait in the check-out line to pay.
Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers
Pesticides covers a wide range of compounds including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant growth regulators and others. These are the toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill weeds, insects, rodents, fungus and others. The use of these toxic pesticides should be reduced around the world to avoid human health hazards as these can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. Some alternatives should be taken instead of using pesticides to prohibit pollution of water and poisoning of our community.
Go vegetarian once a week
Going vegetarian is the easiest way to save our environment. It reduces pollution, save energy and water. That's because livestock production requires huge amounts of land, water, and energy as compared to vegetarian food. Meat is a carbon intensive commodity and production of these products requires enormous amount of energy. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. So, we should take vegetarian food at least once a week to make our earth pollution free.
Use newspaper as much as you can
Using newspaper for various purposes is the best way to avoid excess packaging. Many communities have banned stores from giving out plastic bags, so moving to reusable bags can be the best option. Recycling papers would save more than half a million trees a week, 682.5 gallons of oil and 26,500 litres of water. Use of newspapers can be environment friendly and ecological for our society and future generations. There was a a time when paper was a rare and precious commodity but now it fills our planet.