Every day, we get to read reports on climate change and global warming and how humans are contributing more towards that and adding to the rising natural disasters. We keep reading these, but do we really take any steps to change that and improve the situation? In fact, reading these reports, one may feel like throwing up one’s hands and saying nothing can be done to fix this bleak situation. But that kind of an attitude will lead us nowhere…
We have to understand that humanity is totally dependent on the Earth’s ecosystems and the things that we get from there, such as, clean drinking water, food and climate regulation, among others.
There are many people who are aware of the alarming situation, but only a handful take initiatives towards making any improvements. Governments and big corporate houses announce steps they want to take to save the planet and improve the ecosystem. But a time has come when every individual should come forward to save our beautiful Earth along with nature and animals and humanity in the process. In fact, we can do things on a daily basis to reduce our carbon footprints and make more eco-friendly routines.
If we try to follow a healthy lifestyle and are eco-conscious, we can go a long way. Moreover, being eco-friendly can be easier on the pocket too. We can start with conserving energy and using less water. If we consider ourselves green-friendly, we are sure to come up with many earth-friendly habits.
Here are a few simple strategies to follow on a daily basis to help the environment and humans. It may be surprising to realize how much that can add up to in the long run.
Saying ‘No’ to plastic
By this time, we all know how harmful plastic is. A huge amount of plastic can be seen floating over water bodies of every size making up nearly 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. And thousands of birds, underwater creatures and marine mammals get killed every year because of this plastic waste. We surely can cut down on our plastic waste by following some simple steps. We can use reusable cotton or jute bags when shopping and say, ‘No’, to single-use bags, water bottles and similar products whenever we can. For instance, we can choose unbranded products from our local grocery stores and cut down on online shopping.
Make your home green
It is known to everyone that your car’s fuel efficiency improves if you maintain your vehicle well. The same is true for your home. You should have proper insulation and energy-saving windows and use a thermostat for better heating and cooling. You should also use energy-saving light bulbs for more improved lighting. You could even use solar energy for your home to further reduce your carbon footprint.
Think before going on shopping binges
The phrase, ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’, may seem overused, but it is still very important today. Additionally, the products we buy have an environmental footprint from start to finish. The materials used to create them to the pollution released during manufacturing and packaging finally end up in landfills. So, before buying a certain product, we should ask if we really need it. We can even consider buying used goods whenever possible.
There are many more ways we can save the planet and help ourselves. One of them can be commuting on scooters and motorbikes instead of cars, or share commutes with colleagues and friends. Experts say that, this way, we can lower greenhouse gas emissions by over 10% in less than 30 years. Another study says that half of all our car travels is for short distances. And, if we can cycle or walk these steps, we can save fuel for as much as 41% of these trips and save about 5% carbon emissions.
You, obviously, cannot walk while visiting family or friends living far away. But, if you take a trip to a local shop, or while looking into a nearby friend, you can easily go on foot and lower some of the carbon emissions, as well.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.