Never too busy to save the world!

Since you have made your way to this blog, I am certain that you are someone who is passionate about sustainability. Personally, my passion, or rather concern, for the environment started when I joined the Environment club in school and has been with me ever since. This was long before it became fashionable and the thing to do to be eco-friendly (heck, these were the days when the word sustainable wasn’t even used in this context!). But I digress. Fashionable or not, every person who cares for the environment makes me that much more optimistic about our future!

The idea of sustainability may be fantastic and a wonderful one to preach, but what should we do about it? In an ideal world, we would all be able to become Greenpeace activists (kudos to all of you out there) and work together to save the earth, one day at a time. But in reality, for most of us, our work/studies tend to take top priority. We are left with practically no time to dedicate to our passion for the environment owing to this. That said, we must realize that it isn’t the end of the world (no pun intended!).

Each of us in our own small way can help ease the pressure on the earth. The adage ‘Little drops make the mighty ocean’ isn’t just something that was fun to talk about in school. We can all work together and do our bit to give back to the world. I have listed down a few things that we can do to help our planet. Most of these ideas, though glaringly obvious, are seldom practiced.

· Turn off the water while brushing/shaving. You can save close to 8 gallons of water by doing so

· Unplug all appliances and chargers that are not in use to save them from draining energy.

· Instead of throwing away the water that’s been stored for a few days, use it to water the plants at home/in the office.

· Take the public transport/carpool whenever possible.

· Use the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator wherever possible.

· Try and use renewable energy (solar, biodegradable, wind, etc.) wherever possible.

· Recycle, recycle, and recycle!

These ideas, besides being socially beneficial, will also provide you with a financial benefit. So that’s an added bonus! There are tons of other tips to help preserve our environment. Please help me in suggesting a few others and practicing them as well.

Let’s make a pledge to start practicing our ideas on sustainability on through this channel!

10 Responses to Never too busy to save the world!

  1. akshayyadav

    Great post! Keep the energy high! 🙂

  2. Siddarth

    Thanks Akshay. I think blogs are an extremely effective and interactive way of spreading the message.

    Truly hope this catches on!

  3. Vikshut

    Great Blog Siddarth!! Have you volunteered with green commandos any time?

  4. Pooja

    Hi Siddarth, is there any reason you are not suggesting an environment-friendly diet? I am Vegan and I believe that you cannot be an environmentalist till you become Vegan. Here is an article for your reference.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_impact_of_meat_production

    According to this article, he livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide. If you are not Vegan, your diet and lifestyle supports the most wasteful and environmentally destructive way of gaining energy from food.

    Here’s a little something about Veganism as well. You may look up the term ‘environmental veganism’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism#Environmental_veganism

    Keep up the good work and keep spreading the message. Let’s all work towards a better world.

    Thanks,
    Pooja

  5. Ashutosh Singh

    Excellent post and I have been continuing the practices that SIDD has mentioned. I will also try and spread this message in the future, never realized how good you feel when you know there are others also out there who passionately follow these small but very relevant practices.

  6. Siddarth

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    @Vikshut: Thanks for the encouragement; and yes I have, during Parisara Ganapathy. That said, I must admit that I haven’t been able to make time to partake in more such exciting activities.

    @Pooja: Very valid point indeed! Veganism definitely does greatly ease the pressure on the environment. Most people though, myself included, would consider changing their diet for the environment quite a big lifestyle change. Which is not to say that it should deter anyone of course; most of my suggestions involve minimal effort from the individuals…small steps before a giant leap 🙂

    @Ashutosh: That’s fantastic! And the feeling is mutual 🙂

  7. Pooja

    Thanks for your response, Siddarth. I am not going to debate the ethics or health benefits of being Vegan on this forum, but using and consuming animal products is causing a huge number of environmental problems starting from global warming to fresh water shortage to deforestation causing loss of biodiversity etc. Also, 65-70% of all the food grain grown in the world (mainly soy) is being fed to animals, which is one of the prime reasons for hunger in the world today. Feeding plants to animals and then eating animals and animal products is a grossly inefficient way of gaining energy from food. It’s an indulgence we can’t afford anymore, considering the state of affairs on this FINITE planet today with over 7 billion people. We are seriously threatening the ability of the planet to sustain life and we need to take pretty big steps, in my assessment, to make the situation better. For ourselves and for posterity. It’s not about what people will find CONVENIENT to do. It’s about doing the right thing for the future of the planet.

    I acknowledge that you are trying to get people to take the smaller steps as of now. I would really like to see environmentalists encouraging people to take all necessary steps for improving our current situation.

    And you should totally talk about bursting crackers too. Insane amount of pollution —-> again an indulgence that needs to be done away with.

    Thanks. 🙂

  8. akshayyadav

    Hi Pooja/Siddharth,

    There are too many things to be done! I feel any effort by any individual has to be appreciated, notwithstanding the holistic change of ideology that is the need of the hour. Both of you are perfectly right in nailing the point! 🙂

    @Pooja: Why don’t you write a blogpost on veganism and its relevance in today’s society?

    Keep the energy high!
    Akshay

  9. Pooja

    You’re right, Akshay! There are indeed too many things to do. We have no choice but to do them. The Earth and other animals that inhibit the Earth have suffered too long in our hands. Now, it’s our duty to do whatever it takes to make it right. Will post on my personal blog soon.

    Thanks. 🙂

  10. Kiran

    Very soon i will be joining you people to volunteer to save earth.

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