5 Small changes can make the World Environment-Friendly

08 June  |  Listicles

Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th of June with an aim of creating awareness about the need to protect our environment. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day in India is to beat plastic pollution. While it is for the Governments across the World to define country-level policies and strategies to combat the rising pollution levels, we as individuals also have a significant role to play towards maintaining the sanctity of our environment.

Listed below are 5 small changes to our lifestyle that can leave a long-lasting impact on the well-being of planet Earth.

  1. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs: Compact fluorescent light bulbs, popularly known as CFL use almost 75% less energy than the traditional incandescent bulbs. A CFL also lasts 6-8 times more than any conventional bulb on an average, resulting in lesser packaging and shipping effort. The longevity and reduced energy consumption make CFL an eco-friendly option.

You can contribute a lot to the environment by simply replacing the regular bulbs at your homes with CFL bulbs.

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  1. Donate instead of discarding: People usually throw away old clothes, used furniture, old electronic items and other such things which can be of use to someone else. Donating such old items to the needy will not only help them but will also reduce the amount of waste that is generated. This will lead to a decrease in demand of such items and subsequently result in the lesser need for natural resources.

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  1. Turn off your devices: One of the simplest ways to make a big difference towards safeguarding the environment is by switching off the electronic appliances when not in use. As per an estimate, an average household wastes about 5% to 10% electricity during a month due to inefficient use of electronic items. Be it television, AC, charging points, tube light, bulbs or any other electronic devices, ensure that these appliances are switched off when not in use. This will not only help conserve energy and reduce the demand for electricity but will also save a lot of money from the monthly power bill.

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  1. Walk or cycle: Another way by which one can reduce the carbon footprint is by replacing motor vehicles with cycles, especially when travelling for short distances. Most of us use a vehicle even to travel very short distances, which can be easily covered by foot. Giving preference to cycling or walking will reduce the usage of petroleum products, limit harmful emissions from vehicles, save money and also improve health. Nations like the Netherlands have already developed best cycling routes across the country where cycles are given preference over other forms of transportation.

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  1. Rainwater harvesting: A simple, yet very effective way of making the world environment-friendly is by directing the rainwater in to the ground rather than letting it flow into the drainage. Installing a rainwater harvesting pit does not require much time or effort and can be done on a small piece of land. This will help in increasing the level of groundwater in your area and reduce dependency on bottled water.

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As a citizen of this planet, it is our responsibility to use the resources available to us efficiently and make sure that we give back more to the environment than what we take from it.