Do & Dont’s


 

If you think saving the environment is someone else’s job….think again because it is not. Since you live on this earth which we call home, it is your responsibility as a resident to contribute your might to keep it hale and hearty. If not, you run the risk of being labeled a destroyer by all future generations.

If that is not how you plan to be called, you could, for a start do (or not do) any or all of the following:

 

Dos Don’ts
To conserve the environment and forests:

1.    Plant more vegetation, be it trees, plants, shrubs etc depending upon your situation.

 

2.    Preserve and propagate existing foliage and tree cover and see to it that they are not harmed. If it is outside your ability, bring it to the notice of others.

 

3.    Keep hills, fallow lands and waterbodies clear and in their pristine state. See to it that these are not encroached upon

 

4.    Use products with only basic packing as the same would do away with the need for plastics as also paper and help conserve tree cover

5.    Re-use (as against recycle) to the extent possible especially plastics and paper this helps save energy, material and limits the scope of environmental pollution.

6.    Participate in initiatives like tree plantation drives, river and air clean-up, animal-life protection.

 

To conserve the environment and forests:

1.    Do not use plastics or encourage others to use the same. Where possible, switch to used newspapers instead.

To conserve soil and earth-related nutrients:

1.    To the extent possible, make efforts to cover open soil/ earth with plants, shrubs and trees to reduce soil erosion.

 

2.    Set-up composting pits to take care of local domestic kitchen waste and animal litter. The resultant compost shall go a long way in increasing the soil nutrition and quality of soil for further growth. Encourage others to do so.

 

3.    In your kitchen garden or open farms (and even potted gardens!), use compost liberally and encourage others to do so.

 

4.    Use the technique of crop rotation to increase nutrients to the soil and grow things like peas intermittently. The latter helps enrich the soil in nitrogen.

To conserve soil and earth-related nutrients:

1.    Do not burn things like twigs and leaves which fall off-season. It is dangerous environmentally and potentially a health hazard.

 

2.    Do not use in-organic fertilizers as these contain toxic chemicals which retard the nutrient value of land by finishing off all beneficial organisms therein.

 

3.    Once land is prepared for reaping, leave the cut fodder on it to act as a natural barrier and compost.

To conserve water:

 

1.  REDUCE the amount of water required for daily use like washing, cleaning, bathing etc by firstly cutting down on quantity of water and secondly using alternatives like a bucket, a container etc instead of switching the tap on directly.

 

2.  REDUCE the amount of water required by being innovative. Soak things in used water so that lesser fresh water is needed to clean. Eg. Utensils that need to be washed

 

3.  Plug all leaks in your plumbing and piping

 

4.  Recharge water sources using rainwater

 

5.  REUSE water. After cleaning veggies, the remaining water can be used for your potted plants

 

6.  REUSE water. Run-offs from dishwashers and washing machines can be used in toilets to cut down on use of potable water

 

7.  For religious functions like Ganapati/ Durgapuja, try and use an idol from within the house to do away with elaborate visarjan or use only a clay one as it reduces water pollution

To conserve water:

1.    Do not fill your glass to the brim for only a few sips. Pour only as much drinking water as you plan to drink.

 

2.    Do not turn your tap full on when you can do just as well with a tricle. This reduces wastage to a great extent.

 

3.    Use a water-saving shower as it helps reduce water consumption.

4.    Do not throw garbage (organic or inorganic) in water and pollute the same.

 

To conserve energy: To conserve energy:
At home

1.    Switch to newer and more efficient technology to save electricity.

 

2.  Dispose off old equipments as they invariably consume more power.

 

3.  Switch-off all electrical equipments when not in use. DO NOT KEEP IT ON STAND-BY MODE AS IT STILL CONSUMES ELECTRICITY!

 

4.  Switch to renewable energy sources like solar and wind energy.

 

5.  Design your house to consume minimum energy with the right kind of ventilation and paintwork

 

6.  Use LPG wisely while cooking. Eg, use a pressure cooker, keeping the lid on to conserver the heat while cooking, soaking grains before cooking, cooking on a slow flame etc.

 

Commuting

 

1.    Use public transport where possible.

2.    Use own vehicle sparingly. Keep vehicle in proper condition. Use a list to run errands and save on time and fuel.

3.  Use efficient bicycles wherever you can to save on time, money and hassles.

1.    Do not use absurd equipments like a washing machine with a dryer in Indian conditions. Use a dry-line instead.

 

2.    Do not use a water-heater in peak heat. Use solar water heaters instead

 

3.    Do not use incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps as they consume a lot of electricity.

 

4.    Do not use technology like plasma as it consumes a lot of electricity

 

5.    Do not keep hot food in refregirator

 

6.    Do not keep car idling at traffic junctions for more than 30 seconds.