The world has gone through near destruction in the past. With extreme climatic changes and asteroid strikes which made the dinosaurs go extinct. Mother earth has seen it all and revitalized itself over the course of time. Our Earth is 4.6billion years old and humans came into existence only 200 thousand years ago, that’s 0.0043% of time spent by the human species. Time has proven that we are the only species so destructive than any natural calamity. We start wars, drop bombs, pollute sea and land and so much more. Climate change is real and there is a 1 in 100 chances that we will be close to yet another Ice Age if things continue like this.
It’s time we act and make a sustainable future for the long run. Small acts can make a huge difference. With technology at our fingertips, the ease to connect has increased massively. We social beings need to be civilized and take actions into our own hands to preserve the air, water, and land. Here are the simple yet elegant ways of saving mother nature.
- Use a latex paint to paint your house as Oil-based paints give out hydrocarbon fumes.
- Get a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.
- Don’t burn your backyard waste as burning backyard waste releases contaminants that can accelerate allergies.
- Plant a tree every week. Trees absorb carbon dioxide.
- Walk, use a bicycle or use mass-transit whenever possible. Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to air pollution.
- Don’t clean the dishes until you have a whole lot of them.
- Never let the water run while you are shaving or brushing your teeth. Every minute, 19 liters of water go down the drain.
- Take shorter showers or use a bucket to shower.
- Repair leaky taps. Water is lost drop by drop through every leakage.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
- Never put hazardous substances in the trash. Save pesticides, lawn chemicals, paints, waste oil, car batteries and similar materials for a proper disposal.
- Paper or plastic? Better yet, take a bag to the grocery and re-use it every time you shop.
- Use both sides of the paper. Set your Xerox machine to make double-sided copies and reduce paper use.
- Use rechargeable batteries. Most batteries contain metals that pollute the landfills.
- Give your used clothes, utensils and other material of use to charities, don’t throw it away. Many charitable organizations accept donations of wearable clothing and household items.
These small yet scalable initiatives can go a long way and change the course of humanity for a better and beautiful environment. Please do your part.