One may assume that to protect the endangered species of flora and fauna, they will have to devote long hours of labor at a forest reserve or NGO. However,
There are also much simpler ways of contributing to this noble cause which only involves making small changes to your lifestyle. So if you want to do your bit for protecting the wildlife that is currently facing extinction due to the negligence of human beings,
here are some of the ways in which you can do the same starting today.
1.Be Careful While Driving
If you live in an area that is also inhabited by wildlife then be a little cautious while driving so as to prevent any accidents involving wild animals. Since we have converted forest areas into developed townships, chances are that an animal may appear on the road and may die or get injured due to a speeding car. Be prepared for such sudden appearances of animals whenever you are on the road to protect these innocent creatures from any sort of physical harm.
2.Recycle, Upcycle, and Reuse
Try to avoid purchasing any items made out of materials that are extracted from the forests and other natural habitats. Try to reuse plastic and wood items as much as possible and opt for recycled paper whenever you can. Also, do not purchase items that contain palm oil because the habitats of tigers and orangutans are being destroyed to build palm plantations.
3.Say NO to Products Made by Exploiting Endangered Species
In the course of your travels, you may stumble upon souvenirs made out of ivory, coral, or tortoiseshell, which are extracted from the threatened species of wildlife. Do not purchase any such items and also discourage your fellow travelers from buying them. Also, the clothing and decorative items made out of animal fur lead to the death of innocent creatures and must not be purchased at any cost.
4.Protest against Wildlife Harassment
Not only should you never participate in the hunting or harassment of wild animals, you should also report the same if you notice someone indulging in these wrongful activities. Taking an endangered animal into captivity is also illegal because it may lead to the extinction of the species, so get in touch with the local forest authorities if you witness such malpractice in your area.
5.Protect the Natural Habitats
The best way to save the endangered species is to preserve their natural habitats which are often destroyed by activities such as logging, oil-drilling, and over-grazing. You can do your bit by spreading awareness regarding the ill-effects of these human activities and can also nurture the local crops and trees in your garden to provide some shelter to the local wildlife. Keep out water and food for the birds and small animals so that they do not starve due to the lack of resources.
By making these tiny efforts from your end, you can help save an entire species from vanishing from the face of the planet. So
Do not think that wildlife preservation is a task meant for the officials or trained professionals only and do your bit for these innocent species that are suffering at the hands of human exploitation and interference.
Eating a large variety of foods not only helps in providing balanced nutrition to the body but also helps with the preservation of crop diversity on the planet.
Food diversity conservation is something we can all contribute towards easily by simply trying to eat more diversely.
Here are some of the simple ways in which you can introduce food diversity on your plate so as to protect the different species of crops from extinction.
1.Support Local Farmers
Locally produced, seasonal fruits and vegetables tend to be the most nutritious and free of chemical preservatives. Buying locally helps in supporting local businesses and also encourages the farmers to continue growing indigenous crops that may otherwise face extinction due to the increasing popularity of foreign crops.
Creating balanced meals can be a tiring job but it can be converted into something fun by making a game out of it. Create a challenge with your friends where the one who whips up the most diverse meal wins. You can share the images of your daily meals on a social media group to decide the winner of the challenge.
Due to our hectic lifestyle, we usually stick to the recipes and ingredients that we are familiar with and do not try out something exotic on most occasions. A great way to incorporate diverse food items in your meal is to swap ingredients with your neighbors or friends. Cook with whatever is present in their pantry and refrigerator one day and you will definitely end up creating something different and nutritious.
It can be difficult to come up with a new set of dishes every day so plan in advance for all the meals of the coming week during the weekend so that you can shop for all the required ingredients beforehand. Try to include food items of different colors in every meal because each color is usually associated with a unique set of nutrients. Make an effort to make each plate of food as colorful as possible, this will not only make the food more inviting but healthier too!
Attend cooking classes to learn new recipes to bring some variety and diversity to your daily meals. You can sign up for these classes along with a friend to make it a more enjoyable activity. You can even host a dinner party once you are done with your classes so that you and your friends can taste some new dishes together. Exchanging some new recipes at dinners and potlucks is the best way to expand your menu and to explore more diverse food groups.
Venture into ethnic markets to discover new ingredients and exotic spices. You can chat with the sellers to find out how to use these ingredients in cooking and can, therefore, introduce the same in your meal plans. Trying out recipes from different cultures and various parts of the world will make sure that your meals are never boring and that you are consuming diverse food groups.
These are some of the ways to eat more diverse foods so as to support food diversity conservation as well as to improve your own health.
Creating colorful meal plans with a wide variety of recipes can ensure that everyone in the family enjoys the meals, be it the fussy eaters or the health enthusiasts. So incorporate these simple tips into your lifestyle to make meal planning a hassle-free job and to explore new flavors, recipes, and nutrients. Your body will thank you and so will planet Earth.
As we mentioned in the previous article in this series on sustainable development, making simple changes to your home can have a huge positive impact on the environment. Today, we will talk about how you can adopt sustainable practices outside your house that do not require much effort from your end but will make the planet a better home. Contrary to what you may think, working towards the sustainable development goals of the United Nations does not only comprise of participating in rallies and conferences. Here are some of the ways in which you can be a part of the movement while you go about your daily activities outside the house.
Opt for locally grown and manufactured products as much as possible and do not hesitate in buying oddly shaped fruits and vegetables that might be tossed out otherwise. Also, demand your local shops and restaurants to offer sustainable seafood and do not purchase more food than you need because it will end up getting wasted.
2.Pack Well Before You Step Out Of The House
Carry your own coffee cup and water bottle when heading out of the house because every plastic cup or bottle saved helps to improve the health of the environment. Also, bring your own cloth bag when you are planning to shop so as to minimize the use of plastic bags.
3.Use Transport Judiciously
If you can walk to a shop or your workplace then do that instead of driving and wasting precious fuel. If you do have to travel to a distant place then try to opt for public transport or car pools to reduce air pollution. If you own and use a car then maintain it well to keep its emissions to an absolute minimum.
4.Donate, Not Waste
There are many unfortunate souls in the world who will happily use items that you consider to be waste material.
Donate your gently used clothes, books, furniture, and other household items to an NGO in your neighborhood to give these objects a better home and to prevent them from ending up in a landfill.
5.Choose Your Leaders Wisely
Stay aware of the local and national political scene and exercise your right to vote to choose able leaders who plan to promote and support sustainable development. Attend their election campaigns and ask the right questions so that the leaders realize that even the common population is keen to convert the planet into a sustainable ecosystem.
If we all follow these simple tips then the sustainable development goals of the UN can be achieved in no time. Every individual needs to accept their responsibility towards the planet and its inhabitants and should embark on a journey to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle that are crucial for sustainable development.
We have highlighted various things to do for sustainable development by which any citizen can accelerate our progression towards a sustainable society, be it from within their homes or while out in the open.
So adopt these basic tricks today and you will begin to see a difference in your neighborhood within weeks, which will soon spread to the rest of the world with our united efforts.
In the previous article, we talked about some things to do for sustainable development that require negligible effort. Today, we will take this discussion further and will talk about a few ways in which you can transform your home into an eco-friendly zone that will support the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Most of these sustainable development goals can be achieved if you try to preserve the natural resources in your daily activities. So here are a few ways in which your home can become a catalyst for sustainable development.
1.Freeze Your Food
Be it freshly prepared meals or restaurant food, save any leftovers by freezing them for future use. Any food you waste could have fed a hungry person somewhere in the world, so consider it your responsibility to minimize food wastage.
2.Recycle and Reuse
Recycle any paper or plastic waste to prevent the landfills from growing any further. You can use your food waste to create compost that will help replenish the soil with essential nutrients without the use of any harmful chemicals. You can also find many amazing upcycling ideas on the internet to create useful stuff from waste.
3.Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Use thick rugs and carpets if you live in a cold area because this will keep the house warmer without the use of an electric heater. Also, if you use air-conditioning then plug any cracks in your doors or windows to optimize the performance of the appliances and prevent the wastage of energy. You can even replace old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models to reduce your energy consumption.
4.Wash And Clean More Efficiently
Instead of opting for bathtubs that require a lot of water, take short showers to minimize your water consumption. Also, air dry your hair and clothes after washing to cut down on the use of electricity for the dryer. If you are using a dishwasher or a washing machine then make sure that you fill it up to full capacity to optimize each cycle.
5.Use Eco-Friendly Products
If there is a baby in the house then use cloth diapers or eco-friendly diapers that can be disposed of easily as opposed to the diapers that do not decompose and leave behind toxic waste. Use cardboard matches instead of lighters that require petroleum and buy products that are minimally packaged to avoid generating large amounts of waste. Simply switching to eco-friendly products can minimize the load on the environment and can, therefore, prevent further degradation of various ecosystems.
These are some of the basic lifestyle changes and home improvement techniques that can contribute significantly towards sustainable development. You may have felt that leading a sustainable lifestyle can be a major transition but these simple tricks make it extremely easy. So look around your home to find culprits that could be leading to the wastage of energy or other precious resources and repair or replace them today to restore the former glory of the planet. Furthermore,
If you wish to take your sustainable development efforts outside your house as well then check out our next article for some tips on how to do the same.
The smartphone has drastically changed our lives since its advent 10 years ago. Loaded with more computing power than what the NASA super-machines had in 1969, this small device has become so much a part of our lives that we feel lost without them.
Technology is changing at a rapid pace and this is having a profound effect on society. These are times of technological innovations and living amidst jet planes, satellites, computers, organ transplants, stem cells, cell phones, copiers and birth control pills.
There is no denying the fact that change is the only constant. Products are changing sizes and capabilities by the minute, they are becoming faster, efficient and cheaper and thus becoming more accessible to larger numbers of people.
Despite this refinement of technology in various fields including communications, transportation and energy systems in the last decade, we still depend on extracting and burning fossil fuels for most of our energy needs. There have been pieces of evidence of burning coal/gas for heat in China as far back as 3490 BC. The growth of the Industrial Age was fully dependent on the use of fossil fuels in different ways. Fossil fuels are thus very useful, very valuable and fuel deposits have important geopolitical implications. However, in the present times of green technology, polluted air, consumption levels and population growth, it is time that we left the fuel where it belongs to, in the ground, and look for cleaner energy sources.
The naysayers are already here. They are the ones that said that computers would never work and would lead to unemployment, ships would never sail the seas and there would not be any flying machines at all. They never believed that streetlights would work. On the contrary, they were fearful that they would increase illnesses. They were negative about telephones, radios, trains, computers, automobiles and nuclear power. Most technological innovations and ideas were met with unfounded fears, those that made them believe that the welfare of mankind would be at stake.
Fossil fuels are those that we derive from fossils of living matter from the past. Fossils are those from the times before the dinosaurs lived, predominantly plant matter that grew in swamps. Without enough air to completely decompose, when they sank to the bottom of the swamps, they turned into peat. These were buried under layers of sand and silt, the moisture was squeezed out and they turned into fuels. What the plant captured during photosynthesis and stored as carbon and hydrogen bonds during all these years form the source of energy of the fossil fuels.
The best thing about fossil fuels is that they are inexpensive if you do not take into account the catastrophic change in climate that burning of fossil fuels has brought us to. Fossil fuels are of limited supply, that is, they will eventually run out of stock.
They are easily accessible now, but all that will change soon. These have also led to other unconventional methods of tracking fossil fuels such as drilling in the deep seas, fracking and treating oil-sands. These can damage ecosystems and cause increased imbalance. Another important fact is that fossil fuels are used for other purposes including the manufacture of medicines, lubricants, and plastics. Therefore, in more ways than one, it does not make sense to burn the limited supply fossil fuels away.
Renewable energy sources have expanded dramatically across the globe in the last couple of decades. This has been made possible by technological innovations and reducing costs. Solar, wind, and energy storage systems have improved in terms of technology and come down in cost. Biomimicry and other new ideas are shaping sustainable design. Smart grid systems are used to supply electricity to homes using automation and remote control methods. Therefore, it is important to note that our energy choices today will have massive consequences on our climate, health, and economy for many years to come. It is our collective responsibility to reject destructive energy generation methods in favour of clean energy sources.
This means we have to understand how science works so that we are able to use its tools with mastery. For this, we have to change and understand that there are better options available to lead a good life on planet earth.