World Environment Day: How Small Changes at Home Can Have a Big Impact

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“Beneath the azure sky, she weaves her art,

Mountains rise, rivers flow, and forests play their part.

Her breath whispers through leaves, a gentle song,

In every dewdrop, her magic lingers strong.

Mother Nature, eternal and wild, forever free,

Her beauty and grace, a symphony for you and me.”

We need to protect all of nature’s resources, from forests and oceans to soil and air. A healthy environment is one that lasts a long time—not just for us, but for future generations too.

Environment Day is a special day set by the United Nations to raise global awareness and encourage actions to protect our environment. It is celebrated every year on June 5th, starting back in 1973.

How to Keep Our Planet Safe: Starting at Home

Our efforts to protect the planet begin right at home. Here are some practical steps, along with what I’m already doing, to make a difference:

1. Reduce Waste

    I have stopped using single-use plastics and now reuse bottles as flower vases.

    What You Can Do:

    • Use Reusable Bags: Bring your own bags when shopping instead of using plastic ones.
    • Minimize Single-Use Plastics: Avoid disposable items like straws, cutlery, and plates. Opt for reusable alternatives.
    • Compost: Set up a compost bin for kitchen scraps and garden waste. This reduces landfill waste and creates nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

    2. Save Energy

    I make sure to turn off electronics when they’re not in use.

    What You Can Do:

    • Turn Off Electronics: Unplug devices when they’re not in use and turn off lights, computers, and appliances when you leave a room.
    • Energy-Efficient Bulbs: Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-saving LED bulbs.

    3. Conserve Water

    I have fixed all dripping taps and leaking pipes to save water.

    What You Can Do:

    • Efficient Appliances: Install water-saving showerheads and faucets. Consider using energy-efficient washing machines and dishwashers.
    • Mindful Usage: Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and aim for shorter showers.

    4. Reduce Chemical Use

    I use natural cleaning products and avoid pesticides.

    What You Can Do:

    • Natural Cleaning Products: Use eco-friendly cleaning products or make your own using ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
    • Avoid Pesticides: Opt for natural pest control methods in your garden.

    5. Recycle and Reuse

    I reuse bottles as flower vases and donate items I no longer need.

    What You Can Do:

    1. Sort Your Waste: Separate recyclables such as paper, glass, and plastic. Make sure to follow your local recycling guidelines.
    2. Upcycle: Find new uses for old items. For example, turn glass jars into storage containers or repurpose old t-shirts as cleaning rags.
    3. Donate: Give away clothes, furniture, and other items you no longer need to charity shops or thrift stores.

    6. Educate and Involve Your Family

    I am teaching my kids about the importance of choosing green options and sustainability.

    What You Can Do:

    • Teach Sustainability: Educate your family about the importance of sustainable practices.
    • Involve Kids: Engage children in recycling, gardening, and conserving energy. Make it fun and educational.

    7. Sustainable Transportation

    I walk or bike for short trips whenever possible.

    What You Can Do:

    • Walk or Bike: For short trips, consider walking or biking instead of driving.
    • Public Transport: Use public transportation whenever possible.
    • Carpool: Share rides with neighbors or colleagues.

    By taking these steps at home, we can all contribute to a healthier, more sustainable planet. Let’s work together to nurture and protect our environment for future generations. Every small action counts, and it all starts at home!

    Always keep in mind that what we do today will shape the future. By taking care of our precious planet, we’re creating a sustainable and healthy world for future generations. Let’s all work together for a greener future!

    “Deforestation is changing our climate, harming people and the natural    world. We must, and can, reverse this trend.” —Jane Goodall

    Surangama Guha is a homemaker, ex-teacher, and former administrator of a reputed school. She is also a dancer with a passion for music. She believes in herself, takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.

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