If there was a silver lining to the pandemic, it was how our planet rekindled as humanity was locked inside. As air pollution levels decreased, the skies became clearer and the stars more visible. The marine ecosystem was also thriving – with dolphins, turtles and flamingos returning to shore after years. The lack of noise and bustle in the streets meant you could hear birds chirping and bees buzzing. One thing that has become very evident among all of these things is that human beings have wreaked havoc on the environment and there needs to be corrective action before it’s too late. On this World Environment Day, we must be action-oriented and nimble in tackling the looming threat of climate change. Here are 5 ways to do your part:
Build a family garden
One of the best ways to help the environment is to create more green space. If your home has a backyard or even a balcony, use that space to build a garden. Growing up air-purifying plants to increase the supply of oxygen to the atmosphere.
Plan a community cleanup
Gather your friends and family and organize a clean-up campaign in a public place that has been soiled – a beach, a mountain path or a tourist spot. Encourage more people to join you, and while you’re at it, educate them about waste management, the harmful effects of plastic, and other areas of concern.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
On this World Environment Day, reduce your consumption of limited natural resources and avoid spending on frivolous things. Reuse or recycle things that you know might otherwise end up in landfills – single-use plastics, textiles, glassware, etc.
Motor vehicles are one of the main causes of air pollution. Carpooling is the most efficient way to reduce carbon emissions. It also saves money.
The bigger an event, the more carbon footprint it generates. One way to combat this is by moving World Environment Day celebrations and other important occasions online as much as possible. Avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary, or indulge in any experience that adds to greenhouse gas emissions, such as compulsive shopping and eating meat.
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