Today, when we all have harmed the environment to an extent beyond which disaster could be the only result, it is true that any effort made is absolutely gratifying. The better news is that efforts are already gushing in from every set of organizations and every strata of the society. The bad news is individual efforts yet remain to show their presence on a continual basis. Is it really impossible today to practice things which used to be routine in those green yesteryears? Honestly speaking, no amount of organizational efforts can match the capability which efforts made at individual efforts have. Just imagine, what a fantastic life it would be if each one of us takes delicate care of the environment around themselves and makes sure not to cause any kind of damage to it? Kyoto Protocols would never be necessary at all. Eco proponents would have an easier life, thinkers would have more time to think about issues other than what would happen if…! Scientists would have better causes to look after. Future tellers would spit out grace in their statements and companies would stop making profits out of selling underground shelters for the doomâs day in 2012. We would focus on what things necessarily need to be changed in the habitual actions of individuals in this literature piece.
1. Frenzied consumption of paper
One of the reasons behind the blind shave of forest layer over the earthâs surface, papers have seen an increased demand with the growth in lifestyle and the altered definition of hygiene. Here, we are talking about the mounting use of paper towels and tissues that are witnessing a steady increase in demand yet in many parts of the world. The reason generally given to justify the use of paper towels and tissues is that it is disposable, and hence chances of infection are reduced by a considerable unit. Well, there is definitely a reason that we all need to accept apart from the hygiene front – convenience. With paper towels, we almost forget the hurdled efforts that need to be put into the maintenance of clean cloth napkins and the wetness of water. With an equal ease, we forget that each tissue that we use, increases the toll on forests. Probably, when we think before tearing off a reel of paper napkin, we could be saving trees.
2. Addiction to plastics
Another outcome of the selfish run to achieve a better life! Plastic bags have caused enough damage to the environment. Apart from the usually felt pollutive outcome, plastic bags also charge a lot of petroleum sine gallons of petroleum oil are required to produce this polymer. Plastic bags have caused so much of a havoc and nightmare to environmental departments of nations, that Governments of many nations have made it a legal issue to use plastic bags. Many campaigns have seen their successful execution against plastics. An appropriate awareness against plastic at an individual level could get rid of much of the present plastic pollution scenario.
3. Negligent forgetfulness
Many of us have this habit to forget easily. But in our innocent forgetfulness, we often forget that we are causing untold harm to the environment. Forgetting to switch of electric appliances while leaving the room is a big psychological disorder that is worming most of the worldâs population today. People forget to switch lights, fans and air conditioners when they leave their rooms. It is not only the wastage factor in question! Production of power at most places on the earth still requires tons of coal to be burnt. If we all try to forget our forgetfulness, a considerable percent of these tons of coal could be saved.
4. Dependence on automobiles
With the growing population and a faster growing lifestyle, the number of vehicles on roads around the world has mushroomed up like anything. The irony is, while we all talk like experts on the pollution problem, very few of us actually ever think that this problem could well be tackled by reducing the usage of vehicles. Most of us tend to take our cars out of the garage and head on to our destination, no matter how close it is to our homes. We all need to make it a point to not to use vehicles for distances which can be covered on foot.
5. Wasting food
It is one of the formal courtesies never to empty your plate to a sparkling clarity. The whole idea of wasting food just because it is manner less to empty your plate is a misnomer. If all of us stop wasting food, probably many more unfortunate people would get this basic necessity at an easier length. Much of our forests are being cleared to grow food for the increasing population. When there is less wastage, there is definitely less need to grow anew.
6. Throwing off instead of recycling
We all throw away what we do not need, but fail to identify that what we throw away can be used by someone else or atleast can be recycled. It is crucial that we understand the importance of recycling. Everything, starting from paper to cloth can be recycled and utilized in a better manner.
7. Unnecessary purchase
The same concept of preventing unnecessary wastage again! We should by only what is needed. Many of us buy things just for trying, while someone else might need that same thing genuinely. Buying out of craze is not a good habit ad should be improved.