Living a Green Life05 Jun, 2019
LIVING A GREEN LIFE
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Someone has very aptly said these words and it is long time we open our eyes to what is happening around us and what we can do to give back to nature, obviously before it’s too late.
July 5th of every year (yes, that’s today!) is celebrated as World Environment Day. This much needed eye-opening tradition was started by the United Nations in 1974 to raise awareness and encouraging action for the protection of our environment. The moment which started as a small initiative has now grown to become a global platform, with over 143 countries participating annually.
WED has a theme each year and this year it revolves around Air Pollution. A lot of major corporations, communities, governments, celebrities and NGOs worldwide adopt the themes each year to advocate for the cause.
We at Pleasin Strides Foundation also make sure that we contribute towards saving the environment to the best of our capabilities and also involve MNCs in this process. It is a multifaceted process that integrates proper waste disposal, against which plants can be redeemed and in turn the profits are donated for girl child education.
MNCs can opt to redeem their point by buying or renting plants against their points. Green gifting is also an alternative that has been initiated to celebrate events or birthdays in and environmental- friendly manner, making them all the more special and memorable.
Another way to reduce plastic waste and increase greenery is by adopting our idea of innovative plant walls wherein waste plastic bottles are used. The organization has led many plantation drives as well.
These efforts are in fact very appropriate for this year’s theme. Indoor office air pollution can be tackles by the correct placement of plants, leading to significant positive changes in psychological as well as physiological health.
According to UN Environment, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas but only one-fourth have the air quality measures that meet World Health Organization Standards.
It may sound difficult but there are a few ways that we, on an individual level can help in reducing air pollution:
1. Carpool, use public transportation, bike, or walk whenever possible.
2. Look for ENERGY STAR label when buying home or office electronic equipment.
3. Plant indoor and outdoor plants in your home and neighbourhood.
4. Never burn trash.
5. Support industries that use clean technologies.
This year, world environment day is encouraging us to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives and reduce the amount of air pollution.