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:
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.
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.
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:
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