Have you watched movies like Minority Report or The Matrix or Wall-E? These movies show a burning future where human lives are extensively dependent on machines and the majority of Earth’s surface gets accumulated with tall grey heated structures with very few signs of plants, trees, or wild animals.
The rapid increase of deforestation across the world leading to the formation of greenhouse gases, excessive use of natural resources, etc., are a few of the prime drivers leading the human race to extinction.
According to a report from United Nations, 1 million animal and plant species are on the verge of extinction, which is an all-time high record in human history. As mentioned earlier, changes in land, climate change, pollution, and direct exploitation of organisms are some culprits causing the destruction.
The Essence of Green Living
Thus, the only way to stop walking on the path of annihilation is to change the track and start moving towards a sustainable future through “Green Living.”
Green Living empowers a healthy future where natural species and resources on the Earth are preserved so that the next human generations get adequate resources, naturally balanced atmosphere, and develop a mutual connection with the ecosystem.
How to implement Green Living in our daily life?
The prime motive of green living lies in reducing the usage of natural resources and replace them with the products that promote sustainability. For instance, switching to electric cars, using public transports, riding a bicycle to office, etc. reduce the utilization of limited natural resources.
Additionally, the following are a few ways which promote Green Living:
It is referred to living with the least required resources and making sure that everything is properly utilized without being wasted including food, clothes, daily needs, etc.
Minimalism greatly helps in eliminating the unnecessary things from our life. Purchasing less and essential things not only helps your wallet but also helps the planet.
It always starts with you! Therefore, let the ripple effects of your green practices improve your surroundings.
- Avoiding Plastic Use:
We are already facing a global plastic pollution crisis. A latest WWF report informs that unless there is a dramatic transformation in the approach towards global plastic crisis, a huge 104 million tons of plastic pollution could be generated by 2030.
The plastic pollution targets land as well as marine environment, and it is rising at a rapid rate because most of the world’s countries are inefficient to manage their own plastic waste. Today, thousands of sea animals are killed after ingesting plastic or getting tangled up in it.
Therefore, one of the biggest enemies of Earth’s ecosystem—Plastic is all set to destroy us. We need to ditch plastic bags, water bottles and all the temporary or single-use things made from plastic.
At least, we could avoid purchasing such things and spread the word across our friend circle or social media about this severity due to excessive plastic waste.
- Switching to Solar Energy or any non-conventional energy sources:
In most of the developing countries, fossil fuels like coal are used to generate electricity and due to increase in population leading to higher demands, these resources are depleting fast. There is an innate need to search and adopt other resources, which are clean and environment-friendly.
Solar and wind energy are renewable energy sources which are presently utilized by many countries to fulfil their energy demands. Today, as the Earth’s population continues to grow and consumes more energy, finding alternative energy sources has become an important component to battle climate change.
Sun and wind energy are indefinitely available and therefore, they can cater to the needs of this ever-increasing population. Most importantly, these sources of energy do not pollute the Earth’s atmosphere, unlike conventional fossil fuels.
- Reducing Water and Food Wastage:
As per the statistics of a report by the NRDC (The Natural Resources Defense Council), food waste is causing nearly a quarter of water supply in the form of uneaten food, costing the U.S. over $172 billion in wasted water.
In a global viewpoint, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations gives some facts: Roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year and approximately 1.3 billion tones gets wasted. This means that the prime resource— “Water” used to produce that food is lost.
Similarly, the frequent occurrence of droughts in developing countries is leading to a drastic situation all over the world.
Thus, the contrasting picture is created around the world where some countries are facing a severe scarcity of water and food and others are wasting a tremendous amount of food and water. However, with smart choices like eating smaller servings, composting leftover instead of throwing them out, making meal plans, etc., one can reduce water and food wastage.
In conclusion, the green living needs individuals to take a stand on the aforementioned and many more social issues that are essential to building a sustainable future. An online survey by Accenture Strategy revealed that consumers prefer to buy goods and services from companies that are committed to reducing plastics and improving the environment. Therefore, big companies can utilize their R&D towards creating a greener tomorrow. People across the world are getting aware of the importance of green living, where everyone strives to create a sustainable future. Similarly, awareness powered by actions is the only way we can build a better tomorrow. Let’s take a pledge to adopt green living and say yes to making the world a better place.
– Written and Developed by Mayur Shewale
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