Small ways to restore the ecosystem: World Environment Day 2021

Small ways to restore the ecosystem: World Environment Day 2021

Small ways to restore the ecosystem: World Environment Day 2021

5th June is World Environment Day and this year’s theme is “Ecosystem Restoration”. It covers important topics such as the greening of cities, growing more trees, changing diets and cleaning water bodies among other things.

Since most of us are still under a partial lockdown in India, we have listed a few things that you can do to contribute to any of these aspects of “Ecosystem Restoration” if you do not know where to start.

  • Greening cities

 

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  1. Vertical Landscaping: If you live in an apartment where there isn’t much space for a lot of plants, you can always resort to vertical landscaping in your balcony or even your society or colony along with your neighbours. Not only does it add more greenery to the concrete jungles we live in, but also adds more aesthetic appeal to the space.

 

  1. Judicious Use of Electricity: The climate crisis time bomb is ticking in such a fashion that each hour should be an Earth Hour. It is even more imperative for us to use electricity wisely to reduce the “greenhouse effect”, thus preventing climate change. Otherwise, the actual price of injudicious use of electricity will be much higher than just the “electricity bill” we receive every month.

 

  1. Reduce your waste: Whether you use veggie scraps to regrow your own vegetables or compost the former, either way, you are helping the ecosystem by segregating and reducing the waste production. Another thing you can do is buy groceries in a reusable bag or milk in a reusable container.

 

  1. Making conscious buying decisions: Buy more from businesses that care for the planet. We all want to make more ethical choices with our purchases, but price and convenience remain powerful deciding factors. But if we start choosing basics like fruit and vegetables, handcrafted products, and organic fashion like cotton outfits, we can contribute to the economy and planet in a much better way
  • Changing your diet 

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    1. Start small: When it comes to changing your diet, it is not possible to make landmark changes in a day so start with taking baby steps like cutting down on meat (coz of high carbon emissions) on one day a week. Similarly, dairy is another high-emission culprit, so maybe you can replace one cup of tea with soy/almond milk instead of dairy milk every day.

     

    1. Reduce reliance on processed foods: Processed foods contain multiple chemicals which are harmful to our body as well as to the environment. Production of processed foods involves energy-intensive processes which in turn lead to increased carbon emissions. Moreover, the packaging it comes in will typically end up in a landfill. So, this World Environment Day, make a roti instead of buying bread.

     

    1. Promote local market: Buy vegetables from the local farmers’ market/sabzi mandi in a reusable bag. Buy rice, wheat flour, and other grains from a nearby flour mill/chakki shop. Remember, these places were there and still exist in places where supermarkets haven’t penetrated yet. In fact, many supermarkets must be buying their stock from these local farmers’ markets/sabzi mandi and flour mill/chakki and selling you at a higher cost and in unwanted plastic packaging.

     

    1. Grow your own food: Being able to grow a new plant from scraps or seeds is no less than a superpower as it makes you wonder and appreciate the potential of nature. We can do much better if we start working in alignment with the ecosystem. Again, you can start small like growing curry leaves, basil leaves, chilli, coriander etc.
  • Cleaning water bodies

 

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      1.  Use the bin, not the drain: Drain is not where your garbage should go. Lot of people still tend to throw their garbage if there is an open drain or access through a manhole. The time, energy and cost go much higher when it comes to cleaning drains as opposed to garbage dumps. If you won’t flush it in your toilet or put it down the kitchen drain, why would you put it in the city waste sewage systems?
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      1. Fats, Oils and Grease pollution: Never pour ghee, cooking oils, or butter down a garbage disposal or sink. Instead, allow them to cool and then seal them in a can or bottle and then dispose of them in household trash if you can’t find a way to reuse or recycle them. Hot water and soap do not eliminate them because they will eventually reform and solidify in pipes clogging them or even worse, they can overflow and contaminate the nearby water bodies.

       

      1. Conscious Car Wash: Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on the lawn to avoid soapy water flowing into storm drains and eventually leading into the local streams and water bodies.

       

      1. Promote Rewilding: Patches of land adjoining water bodies should be under nobody’s control for maintenance. Let nature run free and take control of what kind of plants and animals/ insects should breed in that area. Too much human interference has led to the removal of native plants and animals from their natural habitat and creating a forced ecosystem to grow exotic plants and rear exotic animal species in the name of reforestation. Letting nature be the boss is our best bet in getting the climate under control faster.

    Hope we have been able to give you enough ideas on how to make this World Environment Day count. Share this article with all those that are always looking for ways to help but don’t know where to begin!

    And remember, “If we seek, there will always be an eco-friendly and sometimes even cheaper alternative available.”

    Happy World Environment Day

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    Sakshi Koul Wattal 
    Sakshi hails from a marketing background and has worked with several brands on the digital marketing front for 6 years. She quit the professional league and set out to create and run her own brand.

    The idea of creating organisers came to her when she was looking for a makeup organiser that would also act as an element of home decor. The dearth of options in plastic-free space-saving products led to the birth of RANGVARUKH.

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