Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by theEarth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfies a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
As a part of Earth Day, we decided to compile a short list of things a common man can do to impact the Earth climate change as
- Plant seeds. Not just planting, water them every day until they become trees. One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people. If you can’t do it for yourself, then do it for your children/grand children. One day , you can proudly say to him – “I did my part to give you a better planet”
- According to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating
- Prefer cloth napkins/ hand kerchiefs instead of tissues. Tissue papers are made from tree pulp which is obtained by cutting tress off.
- Print your email only when necessary.
- Save electricity. Switch off lights, electronic appliances etc when not in use.
- Turn off your computers when in not in use instead of keeping idle. Your phone chargers consume little power even when phone is not connected.
- Prefer energy efficient appliances when buying because they not only save money in long term but also save the planet.
- Use renewable energy. Install solar. People argue it is costlier than utility power. But they generally don’t count the carbon dioxide generated to supply that fossil fuel based power . We spend a lot of money on luxuries and we need to treat solar power as just another luxury we can afford !!
- Walk or use bicycle for short distances. It saves fuel, reduces emissions, pollution and the best – keeps you healthy.
- Use LED lighting or at least CFL instead of fluorescent lamps .
- Most vehicles will have optimum speed at which mileage will be maximum. Although it is not possible every time to drive at that speed, people should strive for it.
- Use carpooling whenever possible
- This time when you go shopping, take a paper bag or jute bag. Avoid using plastic. When you host any party/events, go for paper instead of plastic.
- According to a recent survey, meat industry contributes to 15% of green house emissions because of resources used up to grow, feed animals. To produce 1kg of meat requires between 5,000 and 20,000 litres of water whereas to produce 1kg of wheat requires between 500 and 4,000 litres of water.
- Don’t waste food. Globally about 40 % food we produce is wasted. We should work out measures to reduce food wastage.
- Carry your own water bottle instead of buying it everywhere you go. This helps in avoiding plastic usage.
- Use water efficient showers which save water usage per shower.
- Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands.
- Go Organic. Organic farming is the only way to reduce pollution due to harmful fertilisers used in agriculture.
- If you are in an apartment/office, get an energy audit done and find out how we can reduce energy wastage.
- Find out a nearest compost centre and drop your waste food there. If you don’t have one in your locality, start one.
- Properly maintain all equipment – motors, Air conditioners, fridges, automobiles. All these operate less power when maintained properly.