Let’s Be The Change, The Change That We Want to See In this World #TheGoodYouCan

As 2017 ringed in we all made sky high promises to ourselves and am sure many might have already forgotten about it the very next day, some might have continued for few days or say few weeks and many might have delayed it for the next day or are waiting for that Monday to start with their resolution.

Some resolutions are health related, some are financial, some are personal goals that we set for ourselves but very few of us might have thought of a greater good or say the SOCIETY in general.

So, let us join hands and add a few more resolution to our list and make the world a better place for us and for our future generation. #TheGoodYouCan

 Let’s not forget – WE OWE THIS TO THEM.  

Save Water

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Each one of us, whether knowingly or unknowingly wastes a lot of water daily. May it be washing the utensils, brushing our teeth or taking a bath, most of us have the habit of keeping the tap running and wasting much more than what’s needed. If we can use a little bit of common sense and use the water judiciously then we can save a lot of water in the long run. Not just we as an adult can contribute but also we can inculcate in our children early in their lives. 

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average person uses between 80-100 gallons of water per day and estimates that 95% of the water we use, goes down the drain (1). So we waste 76-95 gallons per day per person.

As the old saying goes – “Every drop makes an ocean.” so let’s make every drop count.

Switch Off Electrical Items when Idle

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Most of us have a habit of keeping the TV switched on even when we are not watching it or have the fan and lights running even when there is nobody in the room. No doubt we pay for our electricity bills but this kind of usage is an utter wastage of natural resources. Electricity generation whether through thermal, nuclear or hydro process involves a lot of natural resources and money. If each one of is a little more conscious of the usage of electricity then we can save a lot of natural resources in the due course of time.

 As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way. 

Plant a Tree

100 Piper #TheGoodYouCan Initiative- Plant Trees

We all can contribute in making the world greener and more beautiful. Trees not only provide shelter but also play a very crucial part in the biological ecosystem. Let us start small by building a home garden or planting trees in our patio or society. This small step goes a long way as trees provide for Oxygen, stop soil erosion, maintain water table, provide fruits and vegetables etc.

Take some cue from one inspiring lady Janet Yegneswaran who started the Trees For Free initiative in 2005 in the memory of her late husband, Rajanet Yegneswaran and her organization have contributed over 51,000 trees to Bangalore in last 10 years itself. We should encourage and take part in such initiatives for a cleaner and greener tomorrow.

 A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he know full well he will never sit. -Elton Trueblood 

Use Recycled Paper

This is fairly straight forward, using recycled paper leads to a greener world, lesser soil erosion, better groundwater levels and lesser C02 emissions. The number of trees saved by using recycled papers leads to a greener and better world for all of us. Production of recycled paper requires lesser cost and energy as compared to producing virgin paper.

Donate Clothes

A lot of us are privileged ones to afford an amazing lifestyle and have tons of dresses lying in the wardrobe for years. Let us declutter and start cleaning things which no longer are of use to us.  Rather than dumping them, we urge you donate them to organizations which facilitate them to reach out to poor and needy.

Some amazing org that we know about are as follows:

 We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give. 

Don’t Litter 

The Father of the Nation used to believe in Cleanliness is next to Godliness and our current Prime Minister has started the Swach Bharat Abhiyan to clean India of the rubbish and litter. If we can keep our homes clean then why can’t we keep our country clean? The change has to start with us. It is just about getting into the habit of finding a dustbin rather than throwing garbage or litter onto the streets. We all need to take ownership and treat our society as well our country as we treat our home. If each one of us plays their own part then it will hardly take any time to clean this country and provide better living conditions for everyone.

 Let your home be a heavenly paradise.

Switch Off Engine When Stuck in Traffic

In most of the urban areas today, air pollution is a big concern. Have we all not faced this?
Lines of vehicles waiting for the signal to turn green and ensuring that we have a healthy level of carbon dioxide, monoxide and other pollutants in the air (pun intended). Just turning off that engine while waiting at that signal will help in bringing down the pollution level drastically. If every vehicle followed this rule we would have a much cleaner air to breathe.

 You must be the change you want to see in the world.

Stop Using Plastic Bags

We know that they are so convenient but plastic is the only thing in this whole world which does not decompose. It is said that the first piece of plastic that was manufactured still exists today even after 150 years. The flooding of plastic bags, bottles, straws and every other form of plastic into the ocean has hurt marine life badly. It has been researched that 100,000 marine creatures die because of plastic entanglement. Let us all pledge to stop using plastic bags and bottles and rather use the alternatives like jute bags which can be reused and provide income to the industry.

As the latest survey says – “There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.

  Little things are indeed little,
but to be faithful in little things is a great thing. 

Stop Ruining Heritage Sites

Last but not the least for our skilled forefather’s sake stop scribbling your love life on the walls of the heritage site and defile our monuments. No one wants to remember your love story for eternity and if you really want to be next Shah Jahan, we won’t might another Taj Mahal. 😀

Let’s try to save our monuments and maintain the glory of our bygone era by contributing to “Swatch Smarak Swatchh Bharat” app and keep ourselves away from littering, spitting or scribbling.

 Let be the #TheGoodYouCan.

 

Check out this amazing initiative by 100 Pipers and take up at least one resolution this year for a better world.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today.
Let us begin.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Alok Singhal
    February 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Some are so easy to follow, like keeping our iconic sites clean. We just have to apply our thought when indulging in such filthy habits!

    Another one is don’t keep the tap running when you are brushing or shaving etc. Respect the scarcity of water!

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    Only By Land
    February 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Some great points here, a lot of them go well with good etiquette. Thankfully with the new 5 cents per plastic bag rule here in Europe, less plastic bags are being wasted. People littering is something that annoys me, in some countries it’s normal to throw garbage out of the window whilst driving. I think everywhere should have the Singapore attitude to being clean.

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    Lydia@LifeUntraveled
    February 13, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    All great points to consider to keep the environment clean! All these are super easy to put into practice so there’s no reason why any of us shouldn’t. I cringe when I travel and can’t find any recycling bins anywhere so I’m forced to throw away recyclables in the garbage…..grrrr!

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    Abhinav Singh
    February 14, 2017 at 3:57 am

    What a wonderful post. I do all this and more on a daily basis. I know most people don’t care but I don’t want to be a burden to this planet but would rather make efforts to make life sustainable on Earth.

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    Isha Write
    February 14, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Back in South Africa you can’t switch your engine off when stopping. It is very dangerous. Due to high crime and car hi-jackings in Johannesburg it is best to keep your engine on to drive away when you suspect something may be wrong. Have you experienced any crime on your journey yet?

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    neha
    February 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    These are some really simple and wonderful ways to carve out a better world. I am glad I am into some of these like turning off a flowing tap of water or an electric appliance which is not being used. Switching off lights while exiting a room has been taught by my parents since early childhood. My next resolution is to stop using plastic bags 🙂

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    Mel Butler
    February 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I love your list, it makes you appreciate the little things in life that we do take for granted. I am a huge recycler and I don’t understand why more people don’t do it. I also do a lot of trekking and hate it when people who litter. Hopefully, more people take your advice and do the right things in saving our earth 🙂

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    Joanna
    February 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Some of these items on your list are so easy to do but we still forget about them. I just turned my lights off in the house after reading your article… Recently I have visited a place in Chile where an entire town banned plastic bags. How cool is that?

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    Soumya Nambiar
    February 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    That is a nice initiative by 100 pipers. Most of the items on your list are simple things but most of us forget to do it even then. I am glad that Bangalore has slowly started banning plastic from most walks of life. I wish people won’t ruin our heritage by scribbling on historic buildings.

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    Debra Schroeder
    February 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    These are great resolutions. It would be nice if everyone would do their part. But people are lazy or they think their efforts won’t matter. So collectively it becomes a large scale problem. I’ll have to check out the Swatch Smarak Swatchh Bharat app.

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    Jen Morrow
    February 15, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    These are so easy to implement. I grew up in the desert, and we were taught early on to never waste a precious resource like water! Picking up your trash is just good manner, too.

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    Penny
    February 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    All these points are so easy to implement except the part about planting trees. Not everyone has the space to raise one. Like you said, it is high time we started doing something for our environment.

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    Christine K
    February 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    All great suggestions and so applicable to traveling or just in our every day life. We are so lucky to have so much, we must not waste it. This is a great collection and one that deserves to be read periodically so we don’t forget how important it is.

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    February 16, 2017 at 5:32 am

    All these habits should be imbibed in a person right from childhood and even then it’s never too late to change yourself. After all, these habits are going to save our stunning and beautiful earth.

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    Katie
    February 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    This is a really thought provoking blog post! I definitely think we should save more water and donate back to the world! Imagine if everybody planted a tree?!

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    Tamason Gamble
    February 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    This post definitely makes you think and I believe that some are easier than others, depending on your lifestyle of course. I also think that, just because you choose a certain path in life it doesn’t necessarily make us privileged and I don’t know about others but I can’t just afford to throw clothes away because it is very rare for me to buy something new so my wardrobe is already very limited. I do consider my lack of buying though to be a good thing as I am not purchasing clothes made in countries with poor working conditions.

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    riely
    February 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

    Yes, there are some really easy ways to plan for a better future for our environment. I personally have been trying to be more aware of water waste. But I do like the idea of planting a tree. It would provide a beautiful setting and help the earth. How perfect!

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    natalie
    February 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Great tips! As travelers,, who love the Earth and all that is has to offer, we have more of the average responsibility to keep it safe.

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    Emma
    February 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I’m pretty good with most of these but even I can be accused of wasting water or not turning off the electricity as often as I should. It really helps the whole of society if we were all a little bit more mindful about things like these!

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