Do your bit to halt climate change
This post has been written for BlOG ACTION DAY
It’s time to be preoccupied with global warming and climate change. Each one of us. This post is just a reminder to all of us that we need to think of the earth as something very dear which is being abused by the human race. And each one of us needs to do our bit for the earth. Believe me, what you can do is not too little. Nothing is ever too little, but yes some things can happen too late. So don’t be late. Here are some things that you can do to keep this earth beautiful. Because not all of us can join big movements and not all of us can make huge changes. Let’s save the earth in every which way.
None of these tips given below are original. I scribbled them down, writing them as they occurred to me. I’ve probably read them somewhere, sometime. For example the first tip I read in a magazine called Femina more than a decade back. And yes, I do use an old sock in my kitchen!
- Use an old sock to clean your kitchen counter. This material lasts a long time, it’s easy to clean, and if you wring it well enough before using it will give a shine to the surface. You will save on washing soap and will also be re-using a discarded sock. If by any chance you use paper, then you are going to do a lot of good if you change to a sock.
- If you use toilet paper, it’s best to install a Handheld Portable Bidet Sprayer in your bathroom if you don’t have one already. This saves on the paper and it can also be used to spray the toilet after light use instead of flushing. You will save water.
- Do you use paper to wipe your hands? Stop! Carry a handkerchief with you wherever you go and avoid using even the electric hand dryer at malls.
- If you live in a developed country you probably use clothes dryers. Try not using them. Dry your clothes on a line.
- If you are the owner of a business, stop distributing leaflets and pamphlets in abundance. Ensure that they reach the right people Reduce your direct mail too. Save paper.
- Recycle your garbage. Start a compost pit in your building compound.
- Use cloth bags for shopping. And refuse plastic bags when a shop keeper offers them to you. Ditto with paper bags.
- Try having warm showers and baths, not hot ones.
- Save water by having a bucket bath, switching off taps while brushing your teeth and rinsing a few utensils instead of scrubbing them with soap everytime.
- Don’t give your clothes for a wash if you feel they are not dirty. Wear them again another day. And fold your clothes in such a way that they don’t need re-ironing.
- Eat less! Remember the more you eat, the more you deplete the environment. You can turn vegetarian too, as eating meat is more of a burden on our earth.
- Use car pools, bicycles, public transport and walk, walk and walk! Avoid the lift too.
- Increase the temperature of your air conditioning by a degree or two if you live in hot climate and lower it if you use heating.
- If you are the owner of a business go for environment friendly practices. Invest that little extra to keep the environment clean.
- Find an organisation focussed on environmental issues ask them if you can help out in some way.
You can read more tips to save energy here!
Or add your own in the comment form at the end of this post.
But more important, try and do at least one thing every single day. Keep the Environment at the top of your mind, every single day. Think of the Earth every day. Remember, the future of this earth depends on what YOU do today! Don’t ever think that your contribution means nothing. Because it does.
For a good overview of what climate change is all about go here:
At the end of this year world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to “negotiate a global response to climate change”. There is a huge divide between the developing world the developed world regarding this. The developed world has contributed more to climate change and developing countries need their help to manage problems caused by global warming.
I personally do not think that one should expect too much from the Copenhagen conference, knowing how reluctant some countries are to take positive steps to tackle global warming. However, we can do our little bit even if we are far away from Copenhagen. The United States is in a position to do a lot to halt climate change and a signature campaign by bloggers will tell President Obama that bloggers all over the world want him to take “bold and significant action to reduce greenhouse gasses”.
Click here to add your name and call on the U.S. to take action now.