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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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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