28th of July is observed as the World Nature Conservation Day with the aim of establishing a healthy environment for a stable society. Definitely, one single day is not enough but we, as responsible human beings, must implement some simple habits in our daily life which aims at conservation of nature. These little steps make a great difference for us as well as our future generations. Let’s look at 5 easiest of habits which we can start implementing from today.
1. Gardening and/or Growing Green:
Growing trees and beautiful flowering plants may involve a lot of space and effort. Lack of space can be an obstacle in growing trees but you can always have a kitchen garden growing little plants of herbs or chilies. There’s nothing like growing your own vegetables. Homegrown vegetables are unadulterated and definitely saves money. You can continue the growing cycle using the seeds of the vegetables being consumed. This is a little yet effective step towards conservation of nature.
2. Make compost at home:
My mom taught me the art of making compost and trust me this is so beneficial. You end up with such limited waste at home and the natural compost helps your garden flourish. This is one of the simplest yet one of the most effective ways to ensure conservation of nature. Vegetable and fruit scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds or residues, boiled tea leaves, shredded paper, dry leaves, dry flowers and plant cut outs; let them rot and mix them with sawdust. Trust me making compost with these elements, is not smelly.
3. Up-cycling, a creative step towards conservation of nature:
Refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle are appropriate when it comes to plastic. Many a times even when we try we end up with plastic containers. For example, recently when we got our flat painted, there were a few plastic paint containers. I did not know how to recycle them and so decided to reuse them by up-cycling them. ‘P for P’ is the name I chose for my project and it implied ‘A Plant for every plastic’. Up-cycling enables longevity of the product. The more the decay of plastic, the more dreadful it is, as plastic is non-biodegradable. Increasing plastic waste is a global environmental crisis. Definitely refusing plastic is the best option for conservation of nature and so many countries have stopped producing single-use plastic.
4. Carry Cool Cloth bags:
Carrying a cloth bag may seem absolutely simple but it is a tremendous step towards eliminating plastic. Carry your own bag. And refuse plastics from stores. Trust me they even look cool. I recycle old clothes, dupattas or sarees into cloth bags for groceries. The printed bags look as amazing as possible and with a dash of embroider or fabric, its close to sexy. There are even branded cloth bags in the market today.
My friend, Debasmita Ghosh, bought draw-your-own-cloth bags from ‘Starmark’ for her kids, Pablo and Boomboom. The kids enjoyed painting on them but the actual magic was that from an early age they are imbibing the habit of refusing plastic bags. These kids are playing a major role in the conservation of nature. They have gifted these bags to their grannies and aunts. Check out Debasmita’s facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/debasmita.ghosh for fun and utility games ideas for kids.
5. Reuse paper innumerable times:
Paper is made from trees and we need to save trees. It is important that we digitize as much as possible. Yet, using paper becomes inevitable. The only way is reusing paper as long as possible. Some of the simplest practices which I implement are easy enough for most people to apply. I make sure that both sides of the paper is printed. If not, I use the other side of the existing print outs (paper) mostly for making draft notes. Writing grocery list on newspapers and also using news papers as gift wrappers in an artistic way is beneficial. I make handmade papers myself using the used/ discarded papers. This reduces usage of fresh paper in the long run.
There's no planet B
Irresponsibility and lack of conservationist attitude make natural resources scarce. We have no option but to participate in the conservation of nature. Imbibing love for nature from a very early age is essential. We need to stop wasting electricity, water and fuel. The Earth is our only home and we need to keep it safe. We need a stable and healthy environment for not only the human race but also for all lives on earth and their generations to come.