When looking at the bigger picture, effecting change in a world like ours can seem daunting. However, the key is to start somewhere small. Volunteer trips are a fun way to spend your time and also work towards some social cause. There are many international volunteer opportunities, where people can travel and explore the world, and make a difference at the same time. However, if you are one of those people who have only a weekend free, or do not wish to travel internationally, fear not, there are plenty of ideas to go on a volunteer trip in India as well.
Here are our top 3 ideas, to get your mind jogging:
- Visiting a Sanctuary: Wildlife Sanctuaries are a great place to visit, to see various varieties of animals, birds and trees. Going to a sanctuary can be an educational experience, and also a fun one. In most sanctuaries, there are boards that contain information on each species of flora and fauna. These boards generally tell you whether a particular species is endangered, the kind of environment it needs, for it to thrive, etc. This is helpful to determine what steps can be taken to conserve these species.
The Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Murud. The sanctuary is also near Kashid Beach, which you can go to after visiting the sanctuary Renting a car from Pune Tours is a great way to travel there on your own and explore the area as much as you want.
- Conducting a Skills Development Workshop: Schools in villages are largely underfunded, because of which the infrastructure and quality of teaching suffer. Most of the students are unaware of the skills needed to function in urban areas, where they ultimately go to look for jobs. Conducting personality development workshops in such schools could help these students prepare for life in urban areas and land a good job. On your next weekend trip, you could take a road trip to these rural areas and tie up with a few schools to conduct short workshops. This will make for a fun road trip with friends and family, and also help change some lives.
There are various schools in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra that can be considered for this workshop. After the workshop, you could explore the hill station, which has many tourist attractions. You can take a bus from Pune to Mahabaleshwar, but Mahabaleshwar does not have local transport. Kiss the travel anxiety goodbye and rent a car from Pune Tours, so you can travel in comfort.
- Clean Up Drive on the Western Ghats: The Western Ghats house various hill stations, due to which they are a major tourist attraction. Many of these tourists tend to throw garbage from the vehicles, on the road, and dirty the area. The cleanup crews are not frequent, and this garbage accumulates. You could go on a road trip with your friends or family, to one of the hill stations, and also conduct a cleanup drive on the way. This is a good way to have fun and also help the environment.
Road trips are fun with friends and family around, but cramped cars can put a damper on everyone’s mood. Pune Tours provides spacious cars available for rent at an affordable price.
It is up to each one of us to do our bit for the environment. A volunteer trip experience ensures you have fun and also makes you feel good that you have affected some change. So on your next summer trip or weekend holiday, you know what to do.
Fresh air always does the body a lot of good. In fact, anyone is happier when they are outdoors than when they are indoors.
There are many benefits of getting fresh air, but above all, it can help to boost an individual’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Some of the specific benefits that fresh air can give us are it helps to boost the body’s immune system, it helps to decrease stress, it makes one happy, it makes the body more energized, it cleans the lungs and sharpens the mind.
Do we need any more reason than this? In the light of what has been just said, there is an urgent need for everyone to act collectively to reduce the alarming levels of air pollution that is all-pervading and affecting our the quality of our lives negatively. We have attempted in this article to make clear some environmentally friendly habits, in fact,
some easy inexpensive ways that people can adapt to make way for cleaner air to breathe and enjoy.
Easy Methods to Reduce Air Pollution
1: Use public transport
Use public modes of transport and carpools when there is more than one person wanting to move out of the same locality. Both these methods are way cheaper than traveling in one’s own car and save tremendously on energy costs and contribute to a reduction of exhaust and air pollution.
2: Save electricity whenever possible
In most cases, electricity is produced by the burning of fossil fuels. This practice releases large amounts of exhaust gases that add to the dangerous levels of air pollution that is already destroying human lives. Therefore, as a rule, make it a practice to switch off any burning light or moving fan as you move away from a room.
3: Control waste: reduce, reuse, and recycle
Do not throw away all that you do not use now. It is easy to throw stuff, but remember that any object that ends up in a landfill contributes to the generation of more methane and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and its harmful effects. Put every unwanted or old object to new use. Make seats out of used tires and chairs with old bathtubs.
4: Explore alternate energy sources
Alternate clean sources of energy that are much in vogue today are wind, geothermal, solar, etc. Governments of countries are offering various sops for those that are ready to install solar power plants in their homes. This will serve to reduce air pollution to a considerable extent.
5: Use devices with high energy ratings, energy efficient devices
Use CFL, and now, LED lamps, instead of fluorescent or filament lamps. They last longer and consume less energy. Use electric devices with a ‘five-star’ energy rating. These are the more energy efficient devices. By consuming less energy they contribute to the reduction of air pollution.
If a large number of people adopt environmental friendly ways to reduce air pollution, the job is half done. As an example, you could choose to wear an extra sweater to feel warmer and help to save energy spent on heating your home. Turn off the water tap when you are not using the water (while brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc.). Dry out your clothes on a clothes-line. Do not use a dryer.
These are only a few ideas. You can come up with your own inexpensive and innovative ideas to reduce air pollution and encourage sustainable living. It pays to spread these ideas in groups so that the balance can be achieved faster. More environment-related volunteering activities by large groups (personal, industrial and governmental levels) will surely help in the longer term.
If you are young, there is a good chance that it is likely that you are currently unemployed and even when you seek one you get hold of only low-quality jobs. The jobs are not permanent either and are likely to be underpaid. If you are young and a woman, it is worse. You are likely to be more underpaid than men your age.
The cost of urbanization and industrialization is most evident in the present day in the form of a large number of species that are on the verge of extinction. The plants and animals that fall in the category of endangered species may soon disappear from the planet, causing a lot of disruption in the local ecosystems.
Don’t lose hope if you have not been successful in volunteering ideas for World Earth Day. A few great environment-friendly activities have been listed down for your consideration. They will remind you as to why it is wonderful to spend time on this planet. Actually, the Earth Day should be celebrated every day.