Going green is the coolest lifestyle statement. It is not only in line with the latest environmental concerns but also incorporates age old practices, choices and habits. This blend creates a lifestyle which has minimum impact on the environment and maximum benefits for those who adopt it. It is also in sync with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations making the practitioner assume a globally uber cool image.
Through a series of articles, we help you adopt this lifestyle statement so that others can follow the suit. The first in the series is Water.
Water forms the core of our existence as well as sustainable and green lifestyle. It can be achieved with minimum fuss and also provide a succour to your wallet.
1) Wastage of water is a problem faced by every city and society. We can all chip in with simple solutions. Begin by changing old and corroded washers from the taps in your house. It will save a bucket of water from leaking every day. You will end up saving 365 buckets of water from wastage – your contribution in improving the health of the water system.
2) Stop shaving and brushing your teeth with taps on. It is sheer wastage and is just not “cool”. There are people who shower for “at least an hour”. Don’t be one of them. Only buffaloes need to be in a pond for that long, you have better things to do, even if you don’t, have mercy on the scarce resource.
3) Your car is inanimate and won’t feel dirty or unclean if it doesn’t get a weekly shower nor will it be elated at getting one. The same holds true for the floor in your house. Wiper (pocha) is fine for the floor and sponge cleaning of the car exterior is enough to make it look clean. Car gets her due cleaning when you send it for regular servicing.
4) Buy a nice water bottle and carry your own water like the good old times. You will stop buying bottled water. If you buy a bottle of water a day, even then it will help you save Rs 375 a month. You’ll not only start a cool new trend in your office but also save money for donation in charity or anything else you deem fit. Sign up, even if it is an armchair effort, to any of the million of campaign to provide drinking water to people. Association with a cause no matter how small makes life that much richer. You will end up expanding your horizon and will have something new to talk about.
Keshav Chaturvedi is a media professional for the last 23 years. He has been tracking the issues of environment, sustainable development and climate change since 1992 Rio Conference. Recently the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting published his book on climate change – Climate Change Negotiations: An Assessment. He makes regular appearance on public broadcast channels like Lok Sabha TV to discuss on the environment issues. Presently he is a columnist with the Financial Chronicle (the financial paper of Deccan Chronicle) and consulting editor at www.greencommunications.in. He also maintain a regular blog on sustainable development issues www.indidynamic.wordpress.com.