Last year I visited Jim Corbett, the national park, after ten years and my heart sank. The majestic rivers and the lush forests that I once was mesmerized with had disappeared. It got replaced with a creek which dried up more often, and the woods less dense.
Our current lifestyle and consumption patterns are taking a heavy toll on the environment, causing irreversible damage and threatening the very existence of life on earth. In such a situation replacing unsustainable choices for responsible ones is not merely a matter of choice rather a necessity. Some easy trades can be made for everyday environmentalism.
Swap Quantity for Quality
“Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility.” – E.F. Schumacher
Tired of a closet full of clothes, yet nothing to wear. Enter the capsule wardrobe. The concept of a capsule wardrobe is simple: choose versatile pieces that can be worn in different ways and for different occasions. This means investing in high-quality, timeless items that will stand the test of time, rather than buying into fast fashion trends that come and go.
Swap Meat with Melon
Eating more plant-based meals. They say that the food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Following a plant-based diet has been scientifically shown to have a lower carbon footprint than a meat-based diet. Try incorporating more vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains into your meals. It will not only help the planet but also keep you individually healthy and fit.
Swap Global for Local
Products cover hundreds of miles before reaching your door. Sourced from one location, manufactured at a different location and sold at another location involves a huge carbon footprint and money. Buying local products will eliminate this wasteful practice and help the environment and economy. It also creates a sense of community and connection between producers and consumers. Thus, buying local is a small way to make a big impact.
We often confuse simplicity with ease without realizing that it takes a lot of effort to be intentional. It is heartbreaking to see the damage that has already been done but also gives hope that we all have the ability to make a difference, no matter how small our contributions may seem. This earth day calculate your carbon footprint using the link below, do your part and preserve the planet.