Steps to be taken to keep our environment safe and clean
Don't we all want to breathe the fresh air and drink fresh water? But how is that possible when our environment is polluted and not clean? Here are some steps that each one of us must take in order to keep our environment safe and clean.
A safe and clean environment not only is good for humankind but for all the creatures in this environment. The substances that damage the equilibrium of the environment will definitely have an adverse effect on its living beings as well. For example, using plastic products, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides, contaminated water, pollutions etc can lead to various health issues in humans as well as in animals. As we humans are the reason for environment pollution, we should take the necessary steps to clean it before it is too late. Today, the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe all are polluted. This affects animals, birds, marine life and humans as well. We cannot make a big change by ourselves, but that does not mean we should not take any step towards keeping the environment clean. Let us start doing our tiny bit so that it will add up to a remarkable change.
1. Limit the usage of plastic and plastic products
As you start using more and more plastic products, plastic wastage also increases. We are all aware that plastic takes time to decompose, hence we should limit its usage and thereby the wastage. Why I used the term 'limit' is because completely stopping the usage of plastic is not possible as we get almost everything from the tiniest product to the big ones in plastic. And, when compared to the rates of related products, plastic is much cheaper and affordable. Also, the medical industry relies largely on plastic products. Hence we will have to depend upon plastic to a certain extent. Even if we can't make a big change, at least we can attempt to take small steps to preserve our environment.
2. Avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers
Earlier, more people were into farming, but now the number has drastically reduced. We should make it a point to cultivate at least a few vegetables and fruits for our basic needs on our own. As we rely more on the exported foods, the worse our health condition will be. The people who cultivate food products in bulk for business purposes will definitely aim at making a profit. Hence they tend to use pesticides and chemical fertilizers, which in turn is polluting the earth and makes the product unhealthy to consume. These chemical pesticides and fertilizers are easily available in the market, that even people buy it for their plants at home. Start using natural fertilizers as it is safe for the environment. You can utilize almost all the scrap and waste in your kitchen as a fertilizer. Some of the natural fertilizers are mentioned below:
3. Speak up and file a complaint if necessary
Everything starts at home, hence if we change there will definitely be an impact. I agree that there are many people who throw waste and contaminate the water. Factories dump their industrial waste into water bodies. Butchery shops dump their daily waste on road sides or in the river. All these will lead to serious health concerns and will pollute our environment. How do we stop these? We cannot go meet each and every person and ask them to stop doing such unhealthy practices. But definitely we can speak up and raise our voice to let the world know about it so that the culprits will be ashamed and scared to do it the next time. With the advent of technology and social networking sites, it has become easy for the common man to raise his voice. Don't be an introvert and expect others to raise their voices. Be a role model and stand for the society you live in. Here are a few steps you can take to stop others polluting the environment.
4. Start using public transport
We all need air to live. It is one of the most important things required for us to survive. Still, we pollute it. Gone are the days when people used to breathe fresh air. Now that we breathe in polluted air, we fall sick fast. The increasing usage of vehicles and the growing number of factories and industries leads to air pollution. How can we do our part to save the environment? The more the number of vehicles on the road, the more pollution. Hence instead of using different vehicles for each individual, start using public transport. This leads to fewer vehicles on the road and less traffic which in turn reduces pollution. Also, cut down on your outings as the more number of outings, the more you will travel. This again leads to pollution. Another step we can do from our end is to start planting more trees as they absorb the carbon di oxide emitted from vehicles and thereby keeping the environment safe and clean.
5. Conserve water
Water is another basic necessity of life. However, the water we drink today is not free from chemicals. All the water bodies are polluted by industrial and human waste. Secondly, the bottled water we get to buy is also not free from toxins as plastic containers are used to store water. The only way for us to have clean drinking water is to boil the water. But what can the environment do to protect the water bodies? We should not let the factories to open their units near to residential areas and close to water bodies as it will be easy for them to dump waste. Make it a point that we do not dump plastic and other waster products into the water bodies as it leads to the death of many marine animals. Also, we should conserve the water as we have to save it for the coming generations as well.
Love your mother nature as if she is not safe, then we are also not safe. The benefits we make by polluting her are temporary, in the long run, we can be safe only if we keep her clean. Start protecting our natural resources as without those we cannot survive for long. Teach our kids to mingle with nature so that they will start loving nature and the earth. As the environment is already highly polluted, it might take decades to make it safe and clean. However, that shouldn't stop us from doing our bit. Remember, little drops make an ocean.
The author has given a good account of keeping the environment clean and has brought out very nicely the important points which are necessary for having a good environment. The remedies she proposed are very good and if they are followed the balance in the environment can be maintained.
Another point is smoking. The carbonaceous gases that are left in the environment by the smokers are equally dangerous like the smoke that is emitted from a vehicle. People who are having this habit can slowly get out of this by inculcating diversion technique.
Another important point is to improve plantation and stop cutting trees. Trees are required for maintaining good oxygen levels in the air. We consume oxygen and leave carbon dioxide out. That will be taken by these trees and they will release oxygen. The requirement for oxygen is increasing as the population is increasing. But the generation of oxygen is getting reduced. So to balance this we should not cut any tree but should plant more and more trees.
Again, controlling industrial pollution is important. We all know industries are very essential for the growth of the country and for generating employment. But at the same time, we should see that they will never create any pollution problem. All the companies should implement good practices of manufacturing and implement time tested methods for effluent treatment and see that they will not increase the pollution. The concerned authorities should be strict and see that they implement all required treatment facilities on the premises. If the treatment is going to be costly, the government should encourage common effluent treatment plants and they should be operated efficiently.