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.