Pledge to save the earth by conserving natural resources this Independence Day 2021
Independence Day 2021 is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm across the country. It is not merely a day or an event but a national festival for more than 130 crores of Indians
The Day is remembered for all those who fought for the freedom of our country from colonial powers. People celebrate it for beauty in diversity, brotherhood, tricolour with liberty in the largest democracy in the world. The freedom fighters didn’t give their life to see people of the country losing their lives in floods, living in scarcity of water, inhaling toxins with oxygen. They wanted an Independent India that is healthy and prosperous. Honestly, if they see us today polluting the beautiful earth, they might think that their sacrifice was futile. This year, as we complete 75 years of independence, it’s definitely a moment of celebration and a moment of recognizing what world we are going to leave for our future generation.
According to a new assessment, Delhi is the world’s most polluted metropolis, with India ranking third-worst out of 106 countries in terms of air quality in 2020. According to the World Air Quality report released on Tuesday by Swiss technology company IQAir, India has 22 of the top 30 most polluted cities in the world. Is this the today our freedom fighters gave their life for. The earth is facing serious climate change currently. India has been witnessing untimely rains. Thousands of people have suffered due to floods. Discussion on Climate Change and Global Warming is the urge of the hour. And well, not to forget, the new normal we are living in, the COVID second wave we have barely endured till now and the uncertainties and fear of the third wave we are living in.
The time to change the country has come. On the 75th Independence Day 2021 when our country has come a long way from 1947, let’s take a pledge for a better tomorrow, better India. Here are a few things we could do in saving the environment.
- Conserve Water
More water you conserve, more of it will be available for our coming generations. Only 1% of the Earth’s water is drinkable so we need to use the water wisely. Practicing rainwater harvesting, turning off the tap while brushing teeth or washing clothes and using a low toilet flush are common ways to save water. Reusing the wastewater from water filter for washing clothes, or cooler can also help us save water which will protect the planet and reduce energy consumption.
Plant More Trees and Save Trees
It is understandable that with the increasing population, demands have increased which has caused deforestation. But let’s plant thrice the number of trees which is cut every day. Even though you know this, but just to make you feel guilty we will tell you how important trees are. We need oxygen to live and trees are an important source of it. One tree accounts for 117 kg oxygen in a year. It is said that two trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four members. They provide food, clean water and air, keep the temperature clean by releasing water vapour into the air by leaves. Trees also combat climate change, help wildlife habitat, prevents soil erosion and many other things.
Say no to Plastics
It is very important to minimize the use of plastics to prevent rivers from polluting. Plastics are also one of the main reasons for causing artificial floods. Happy River in Indonesia is so full of plastics that you can’t even see the water. We could suggest you to avoid plastic bags and use reusable bags made up of jute bags and cloth bags while buying the vegetables, fruits.
Cycle more and Drive less
Motor Vehicles which run on petrol and diesel are one of the root causes of the toxic air. Motor vehicles release carbon dioxide in the environment which causes global warming. We recommend you to use a bicycle for shorter distances. It will not just help the environment but also keep you fit. Try to carpool while going to the office and use public transport.
Reduce toxic waste in Rivers and Lakes
Chemical wastes from Industries, agriculture runoff, toxic plastic waster and overfishing is a continuous threat to rivers, ponds, lakes and other water bodies and life underwater. We should take responsibility to protect water bodies from chemical water contamination by preventing the toxic waste getting dumped into it.
Use Energy efficient bulbs
Small-small contribution can lead to big changes. Removing all the CFL and incandescent bulbs from your bedrooms can save lots of energy. LED lights use 82.8% less energy than the traditional CFL bulbs. LED lights to help in decreasing greenhouse gas emission. They are mercury-free, generate less heat and last longer than CFL bulbs. Solar lights are also a great option to curb harmful emissions.
Use paperless options for bills, notes. Print on both sides of the paper. Use PDF or doc file to send big files. Go digital and help in reducing excess paper waste and save trees. You can avoid notepads and sticky notes and use whiteboards in place of it.
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