|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 04 June 2012 16:57|
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5th June every year to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. This annual event is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for environmental action. Although activities towards environmental protection go on throughout the year, they climax on June 5 when people from all walks of life come together to show their commitment towards a cleaner and greener earth.
To make our earth a better place for ourselves and our future generations, it is important for each one of us to realize that it is our responsibility to protect Mother Earth. We need to become the change that we want to see. Each one’s awareness and effort counts in this initiative and June 5 is the perfect time to show that we care for a cleaner and greener earth. The actions we can take are endless. They can be collective or at an individual level. Some suggestions are:
• Spearhead a neighbourhood cleanup campaign. You will be surprised how many people support you.
• Support local NGOs and environment protection groups in their efforts. Volunteer whenever possible.
• Carry your cloth bag when going grocery shopping. Stop using and accepting plastic bags.
• Do a tree plantation drive in your neighbourhood. Nurture the saplings till they take root.
• Reduce your carbon footprint. As far as possible, cycle or walk wherever you have to go.
• If headed in the same direction, share journeys when you can. Be the first one to in your group to suggest pools. You save 1.5 kg carbon dioxide for every 5 km you don’t drive. Switch off your car if you stop for more than two minutes.
• Take advantage of natural daylight as much as possible to keep electricity usage minimal.
• Water your garden in the evening as this will save water.
• Whenever you need to replace household appliances help your family choose energy efficient ones. You can check their Energy Star ratings for a quick reference. This may cost more upfront but will save you in the long run.
• Switch to solar energy driven appliances as much as possible.
• Make it a habit to turn off TV, stereo, computer, fans and lights when not using them. Unplug your mobile charger after you have finished charging. Most electronics have a standby mode that siphons energy even when not in use. This step alone will save thousands of kg of carbon dioxide every year.
As individuals, each one of us can make a difference. Simple ways work! Every action whether big or small counts. So what are you planning to do for your city? Whatever you do, do tell us about it and we will share it on this website.