If i could announce/ dedicate a day for something i love, it would be "Sustainability day -Daily ". I would announce this to create awareness and take and make the idea of sustainability on a day to day basis at every step or choice we make, talk and introduce it as a way of life to bring about a societal impact.
Even as I am writing this post, i am drowned by a deafening noise since today morning. A bore well is being drilled in the corner close to my block to meet the water needs of my Condominium. While most of the areas and condomoniums in my city were depending on water tankers during Summers especially, i could say with pride my complex was the only one which had no water problem or scarcity but that was only till last summer. This summer we too had to depend on water tankers for our daily needs. We are gettting notices and messages to use water judiciously.
Daily we are cribbing and ranting that the taps have gone dry or the water quality is not good and a battery of tests are done on the tanker water before it is fed into the RO plant and then supplied to our homes. There is a huge amount of money, time and human resource involved just to ensure that our taps don't go dry.
The taps going dry is just one aspect, The green cover is shrinking giving way to concrete jungle, ozone is depleteing, the air we inhale is disease prone, Sustainable livelihoods and nature is threatened, Carbon foot prints are increasing, non bio-degradable usage is on the increase. Variety of Chemicals in the form of shampoos, toothpastes and other toiletries, choice of electronics like cell phones , batteries, cells, etc and so much more are bought with our money power.
No wonder, the apocalypse of Climate change is on us threatening and choking our lonely planet and also putting us to many hardships .The question is - what can a single person do about it? can we practice on a day to day basis and still enjoy it. Yes, we can do it and Why not?
We can make sustainability a way of life just like our elders practiced with limited and natural choices many years ago and left us a better earth. We can practice sustainablity in our everyday choices and avoid plastics and use reusable products instead of "Use and throw" and disposables.. Starting from a small item like a battery used for our Tv remotes,( invest in a rechargeable battery), avoid plastics, chemicals wherever possible and rely more on natural products.,
Each one of us can initiate and implement this in every choice and step that we take on a day to day basis and create a societal impact . We can introduce sustainability in every aspect of our life like food, travel, occupation business, clothing and through this we can have a better quality of living and live in sync with nature. We have to practice this for our own health, our gennext and for that unique experience of taking care of our lonely planet and keeping it in good health.