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Earth Day 2015: Six ways to become a responsible green citizen

Today is Earth Day and while we we would like to believe that we care for our environment, we hardly contribute the way we want it in our day-to-day affairs. So where are we going wrong? Maybe we should develop some green habits to make this planet a better place to live and for that […]

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
April 22, 2015 12:02:08 pm
tree-main We should develop some green habits to make this planet a better place to live (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Today is Earth Day and while we we would like to believe that we care for our environment, we hardly contribute the way we want it in our day-to-day affairs. So where are we going wrong?

Maybe we should develop some green habits to make this planet a better place to live and for that we have to start now. We did a series on ‘Making a green statement’ sometime back, and it’s time to revisit it again.

Here’s what we can do everyday to take care of mother earth.

Also read: Google celebrates Earth Day with a quiz

1. Save water, save earth: Wastage of water is a problem faced by every city and society. We can all chip in with simple solutions. Begin by changing old and corroded washers from the taps in your house. It will save a bucket of water from leaking every day. You will end up saving 365 buckets of water from wastage – your contribution in improving the health of the water system. Read More

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2. Save electricity, switch off lights: Stop wastage by switching off unnecessary use. Fans, ACs, light bulbs when you are not around in the room. In case of ACs it has been seen that running them at 25 degree centigrade makes it most energy efficient. Those who think that at 25 degree is warm should know that these days the outside temperature is 40 degree. So you will be sitting in 15 degree less which is quite pleasant by any standards. If you are still not convinced, many hotels around the world have started keeping their thermostat at 25 and not 18 degrees. Read More

Read our full coverage: Making a green statement

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3. Say no to food wastage, avoid ‘good-looking’ food: Large retail chains and other food products manufacturers have put unnatural specifications for the size and outer look of the vegetables and fruits. This wastage is pegged at 45 per cent of the total global food wastage. It happens precisely for the reason that while being perfectly edible it is not “good looking” enough for corporate retail chain. So shun this practice. Read More

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4. Say yes to cycling and improve air quality: Cycling is green because cycle doesn’t need a daily dose of diesel or petrol. All it needs is the power of your two legs. No diesel or petrol means, no toxic fumes in the air and consequently better air quality. Better air quality decreases chances of respiratory problems and contributes in the growth of better environment of the city. Read More

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5. Be responsible, dispose your garbage right: Growing garbage is a challenge that is constantly being faced by the cities. Town planners are having sleepless nights trying to determine where will they find the next landfill to accommodate city’s growing waste. So each day somewhere some lake or an open field is usurped for throwing our garbage. While options are being discussed to install waste-energy plants, they are not an answer in the long run. The better option would be to work towards controlling our own ways. Living any which way you want entails some amount of waste generation. However, that in itself is not a problem. Problem is un-segregated waste. READ MORE

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Read our full coverage: Making a green statement

6. Make your kids a responsible ‘green’ citizen: Parents are the first heroes of children. The way they behave with children in their early years shape the way they will conduct their entire lives. So it is imperative that parents inculcate green values in their children. Like in Israel, the charity should begin the moment a child is born by planting a tree. The tree should be of local variety and not any exotic type. READ MORE

Read our full coverage: Making a green statement

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