Happy Environment Day 2015 World..!!

Happy World Environment Day

World Environment day is celebrated on 5 June every year to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action  and reduce negative impact to protect the planet earth. People organise various programs globally to mark this day. Ideally, we should be grateful to environment every day  and should curtail any actions that have adverse impact on the environment and not limit our action to only one day of the year. However on this special day, we take this opportunity to thank and honour environment for all the privileges it has provided to us all. The theme for this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” in short  “live sustainably”. Due to urbanisation and modern lifestyle, people are consuming more products than ever and subsequently creating more waste. In order to meet the growing demand of ever increasing population, we are not only exploiting our valuable natural resources but also limiting the access to these resources for our future generation through over extraction and pollution.

Below are  5 simple yet doable things that we can opt in our daily life to live sustainable life. What better day can there be to start this than today… Happy World Environment Day World!!

Reduce your Waste:

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1.Before buying anything , THINK and identify if you really need or just want that item. Don’t buy if you don’t need them.

2.Reduce your waste by refusing, reusing and recycling the waste.

3.Put your household waste in the appropriate bin provided for general waste, recyclables and green waste so that more waste is diverted from landfill.

Save Water:

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4.Turn off the taps when not in use especially while brushing your teeth or shaving

5.Fix all the leaks including taps and toilets.

6.Take shorter shower and minimise the use of bath tub.

Save Energy

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7.Turn off the light when not in use and replace your bulbs with CFLs

8.Use your washing machine only when it is full load and go for cold washes.Dry your clothes in the sun rather than dryers.

9.Make sure your refrigerator is in good condition. Get rid of second fridge or only use when required

Grow Your Own:

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10.Grow your own vegetables or buy locally grown food to reduce food miles and stay healthy.

11.Use natural pest controls and minimise the use of harmful chemicals

12.Turn your organic waste from garden and kitchen into compost and use them in your garden

Let’s Take A Pledge This World Environment Day 2014

E-Living:

Sharing a blog post from last year..!!
Happy World Environment Day all..!!

Originally posted on Ethical Living:

As we are all aware that June 5 is globally celebrated as World Environment Day every year. The day that is designated to thank environment for

– sustaining human life on earth

– providing us with the valuable opportunities to enjoy its beauty

– being generous enough to make us use its precious resources to meet our basic needs and never ending desires.

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For the amount of benefit that we receive from the environment and to the extent we are exploiting its resources and on top of that polluting it, celebrating an Environment day for one day a year is nowhere close to enough. However it is a good opportunity to remind and aware people about their responsibilities towards environment. It’s a day to thank environment for its generosity and conduct some significant deeds to preserve mother earth. The collective efforts made by millions of people worldwide on this day…

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Summing up the past thirty days- Nepal earthquake not to be forgotten as yet

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It has already been a month since the devastating earthquake of 7.8 magnitude struck Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. When I first heard that there was an earthquake in Nepal, I was hoping that it was just a small one and praying for no destructions and casualty.  One of our relative told over the phone that Kathmandu is badly hit and there might be lots of damages. My heart just sank as I heard this and tried calling my family and relatives who lives in Kathmandu. After several attempts I was able to connect to my sister’s phone. I felt relieved to hear that they are all safe, however it was way beyond my capacity to imagine what my sister was telling me about the extent of shake and its impact. As I hung up I logged on to my Facebook, the daunting images of Kathmandu after the earthquake has started making its way to my news feed. As I scroll down more terrifying photos started appearing. . I had no idea what to say or react. I became numb as I see beautiful Kathmandu, my birthplace turning into pile of debris just in a matter of few seconds. Tears rolled down my eyes as I try to comprehend what my family, friends and others might be going through and it was even more  terrifying to imagine  what might be happening to the people trapped inside those  collapsed building. As more and more people started posting photos and updating their status on Facebook,   it was getting apparent that Kathmandu valley is in real danger. On top of that the aftershocks have been continuous  following the main quake.

I was grieving for my city, where I grew up; the heritage that I have always been proud of; and the the people who are always so humble and diligent … but only until I came to hear that the situation near the epicentre and  other little towns and VDCs are no better than Kathmandu but far worst. And the extent of damage is just not possible to predict as most of these places are remote and take many days to get there or possibly only helicopters could reach there.

It’s almost 8 years that I came to Sydney and  never in my life had I felt so helpless for being away from family.  I went through many sleepless nights thinking of the people and places back home. Being physically away from home neither helped my mind to stop thinking about them not stop my heart beat for them. For days and weeks my eyes were literally glued to the news and the updates about the earthquake.

Two weeks after the earthquake, as life in the least affected areas in Kathmandu and other places were just about to come back to normalcy, another earthquake of 7.3 struck Nepal, destroying already weak foundations and killing additional people. The aftershocks that started soon after the first quake  was still on and  continued to  be a threat to the people who are already scared and traumatised.

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The help and support from international community within the short  period after the  quake hit Nepal was truly appreciable and praiseworthy.  Small country like Nepal with limited resources and man power would not have capacity to deal with this massive catastrophe. However, the solidarity, enthusiasm, patriotism shown by the self-driven local youth and organisations are really commendable. The help and support Nepal received from people all over the world in various means and forms is overwhelming.  Everyone tried their best to keep up with their rescue and relief efforts. Though the relief efforts managed to  reached the remote areas, there are still places who haven’t received anything and still waiting for help and support.

Following the massive destruction, rebuilding and rehabilitation would be the next big step. Various organisations are helping in their own way. I helped my friends working on the grounds in different affected areas. The country is still in biggest trouble at the moment and requires support of any kind to spring back. Considering the extent of the damage caused, Nepal have long way to go and she will need more support for months or year to come . If you have every wanted to help Nepal, this is the best time to help.

A group of friends are in the mission to rebuild the  semi- permanent to permanent shelters  to the victims and  they are committed to get this started before the monsoon (rain) starts. For this they have recently started a fund raising campaign. Inability to develop temporary or permanent shelters before the monsoon will add more misery to those without shelter.

If you would also  like to support, please consider donating by clicking in the link below.

 http://www.gofundme.com/rehabilitatenepal

Happy Earth Day 2015…!!

Earth day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network  and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Even though we should be thankful to earth every day for all the resources, beauty, love and care it has provided us, this day holds a special significance to celebrate and honour the only plant we have.

The earth is battling with various environmental, social and economical problems that have been originated due to human interest, need and greed. There has never been a better time than NOW to start thinking about the mother earth and heal the wound that we have created. It’s time to do something, no matter how big or small, to conserve, protect, or preserve our planet to thrive on for many, many years.

This earth day let’s look upon some of the  beautiful words created for the mother earth:

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  Want to know more about Earth Day?

  •  The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 where 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the Industrial Revolution.

  • In 2009, the United Nations renamed Earth Day, International Mother Earth Day

  • Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in the United States. In recognition of his hard work, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

  • More than 100 thousand people in China rode their bikes on Earth Day 2012. They did this to save fuel and to reduce the CO2 emissions from vehicles.

  • More than 1 billion people were celebrating Earth Day by 2010, which was Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. More than 180 countries celebrated, and Facebook has become a popular tool to spread the word.

  • Earth Day is meant to show support for protecting the environment

Let’s look at these beautiful video now: 

Some eye opening facts: 

Our small steps towards change can make a big difference:

What are your green acts of kindness this year? Every small act will help heal and take care of the planet earth we call home..!!

Weekly Small Pleasures #9

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I am combining my small pleasures for the past two weeks again as I fail to update it last week.

1.We had a delicious Indian breakfast-buffet at a lovely restaurant. Totally enjoyed the fresh and juicy Jalebis (a popular Indian and Nepalese sweet) coming straight from the wok. And the interiors are amazing.

2.Went to Madame Tussauds Sydney for the first time. Had a lovely time with family and those lovely wax statues. Aren’t they simply gorgeous?

3.Took my in-laws and friends around Sydney. So much fun going around in public transport. We took train, buses and ferries. And you know how Sydney looks in a warm sunny day…priceless!!

4.Went to Newcastle, a city located approx. 2 hours drive from Sydney to visit my aunty, uncle and cousins. Was a lovely family gathering during Easter break.  Again it was lots of yummy Nepalese food.

5.Celebrated two of my cousins birthday. Couldn’t resist those cakes, though I have been doing pretty well since the past few weeks. I am in a mission to shed those extra kilos hanging around my belly.

6.I have been trying to organise my kids stuffs (clothes, toys etc) for a while. I am finally able to get some organizers from Ikea and put away all their stuffs. Not a bad way to wrap up my Easter long weekend. Feeling relieved now.

What are your weekly small pleasures? Would love to hear!

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I came across this blog event ( Weekly Small Pleasures – Blog Event) a while ago. I found it quite interesting and have been thinking of sharing my weekly small pleasures too, which I have not been able to start due to one or the other reason. As we enter the brand new week of the brand new year, I think this is the perfect time to begin this journey.

This blog event is simply about remembering and sharing those small things that made you happy during the week; things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you do a happy dance, made your heart silently smile, or they even made you cry for joy.

Weekly Small Pleasures

YES! Every Drop Counts..

As we recently celebrate the World Water Day, this interesting infographic on global water availability and usage definitely deserves to look  and ponder upon..!!

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Weekly Small Pleasures #8

I had a pretty engaging week with lots of social activities. Sometimes the weekends are more busy and occupied than the weekdays that  we wish we have a day or two extra to recover before hitting the busy week again. Well, my weekly pleasures for the last week are-

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1. Attended an African festival held in the neighbouring suburb. This is an annual festival that is organised to celebrate vibrant African culture, arts and music. More than 3000 people attended the event. The Ethiopian coffee was the best part of the festival.

2. Went to the “pick your own” farm and orchard located 1.5 hours drive from Sydney. Thought my in-laws and children would love it. We all had a great time. Experienced the fun of harvesting apples from the tree for the first time in my life. Loved it!

3. After we finished the apple picking we were looking for a park nearby to have our food and someone directed us to the botanical garden with is just 10 minutes drive from the farm. And the garden turned out to be one of the best park I  have ever been to. The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden  offers picturesque view and stunningly landscaped gardens as well as interesting display of flora from different parts of the world.

4. I had to attend a birthday party of my cousins daughter on Sunday. The best part of the ceremony was  the venue, an Indian restaurant located near the beach. Being surrounded by beautiful water view provided a pleasant ambience to the venue. Beach, babies and birthday, could not have asked for a better birthday party.

 What are your weekly small pleasures? Would love to hear!

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I came across this blog event ( Weekly Small Pleasures – Blog Event) a while ago. I found it quite interesting and have been thinking of sharing my weekly small pleasures too, which I have not been able to start due to one or the other reason. As we enter the brand new week of the brand new year, I think this is the perfect time to begin this journey.

This blog event is simply about remembering and sharing those small things that made you happy during the week; things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you do a happy dance, made your heart silently smile, or they even made you cry for joy.

Weekly Small Pleasures

Know more about this blog event here Weekly Small Pleasures – Blog Event