We are sometimes so caught up in our busy lives that we don’t bother about getting stranded in the middle of good-for-nothing junk. Awful litter seems to be strewn everywhere around our homes. Half-eaten edibles, waste paper and all other futile things move in and around our house with a prototypical rhythm.
Yet, we neglect the garbage and are swallowed by our busy schedules.
We leave the environment unclean, forgotten and neglected.
When this negligence is shown by everyone residing in a particular area, environment pollution hassles creep into the surroundings.
Sometimes, people throw away the household garbage on the roads and there are even situations where human and animal faeces lie scattered in cities.
This indeed has turned out to be a matter of concern in places where the rise of population is an unfortunate catastrophe to the gullible environment.
We definitely need to bring about a positive change before this planet turns out be a wrecking mass of filthy junk.
It is very essential to keep our environment clean so that we can keep every other disease, pollution, environmental degradation at bay.
Here are a few facts that might leave you petrified:
1) Over two million premature deaths every year are caused due to air pollution, says the World Health Organization.
2) The Centers for Disease Control has tested a chemical found in the urine of 93% of the people. This chemical is said to be used in the manufacturing of plastic products.
3) The pesticide DDT is very harmful and is also banned in the US. But, its usage does seem to continue in many other countries as a mosquito-killer.
4) The sulphur dioxide that is essentially found in coal mines can travel for about 1000 miles in the atmosphere.
5) Several species have been declared as extinct since the year 2000.
All these are the repercussions of the polluted environment caused by the industrial revolution and negligence of the common man.
But, what can we do to save this environment?
We need to tackle them one at a time.
1) Be responsible!!
You need to keep the area around your house well spruced up. Encourage others inside your home to do the same. Dispose the garbage properly and don’t throw them on the roads or surreptitiously, into your neighbor’s compound.
Segregate the biodegradable and non biodegradable wastes. Don’t stack your wastes at home. They can bring about acute health risks too.
Try to maintain the hygiene level both inside and outside the house so that you don’t provide a breeding ground for insects or any other bacteria, fungi or viruses.
Try reusing the old items and give the recyclable products to a waste-recycling plant through drop-off centers.
2) Use public transport!
You can reduce the burning of fossil fuels by reducing the usage of your private vehicles. Otherwise, you can decide on carpooling.
Reducing the burning of fuels will result in the decrease of greenhouse gases. Besides, you can save the non renewable sources too.
Moreover, there could be chances of a leaking air conditioner in your car which is harmful to the ozone.
Fix that at the earliest!
3) Plant a tree!
Grow more plants around your house. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.
Trees will provide you with a cleaner and a fresher air to inhale.
Planting fruit-bearing trees will also be an added advantage. At least you can consume fresh fruits that will not contain any traces of harmful chemicals.
Besides, growing more plants will lead to a greener future.
4) Keep off the chemicals!
Switch to natural soaps and detergents that are made of citrus or enzymes .Thus, the waste water will not contain any chemicals.
5) Encourage the use of green energy:
Try using solar energy which is the most abundant and cleanest source of energy. Try using electric, hybrid or biodiesel fueled vehicles too. Use any other renewable source so that the fear of extinction of non-renewable sources is diminished.
6) Reduce the usage of a wooden stove!
Use energy efficient appliances to cook food. Using wooden stones will cause respiratory diseases since they generate a lot of smoke. Hence, avoid using them.
7) Carbon footprints need to be reduced!
8) Contaminants reduction:
Try to avoid keeping any kind of toxic materials or contaminants at home. Dispose the wastes and contaminants properly and don’t stack them at home. Keep separate dust bins for paper,plastic and organic. It with be easier to dispose them off.
9) Environmental education:
Every school must have a separate class allotted for environmental education. Children need to be aware of the preponderance of this concept in the modern day world.
They must be taught how to keep their surroundings clean and also how to maintain proper hygiene.
These are some of the ways how any individual can contribute to a healthier and a cleaner environment. It’s not enough if we just speak about environment and its cleanliness. We need to wholeheartedly participate in this act and strive to make this Earth a lot more cleaner.