Every year on April 22, International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to commemorate the Earth and its ecosystems that sustain humankind. It is a reminder for us to live in harmony with nature. The theme for 2021 is "Restore Our Earth”. One of the main goals of this day is to build a more sustainable economy that benefits both people and the planet. This year, Secretary General of the UN, Mr. António Guterres has proposed six principles for the recovery of Earth and its ecosystems amidst the pandemic.
Here are some sustainable practices that we can follow to do our bit for Mother Earth who provides and cares for us:
- REUSE AND REDUCE PLASTIC
This is one of the most important sustainable practices. Something as simple as carrying your own bag to the grocery store instead of buying a plastic bag can go a long way in being gentle to the earth. Try recycling and disposing your plastics in a safe and responsible way.
- BUY LOCAL
Purchasing locally-made products reduces the amount of environmental pollutants we are exposed to as the products don’t have to travel too far. By shopping locally, we also preserve farmland and support the local producer community.
- REDUCE POWER USAGE
As basic as it may seem, it is advisable to switch off lights and fans every time you leave the room. Unplug your electrical appliances at night instead of putting them on standby mode.
Thrifting is quickly gaining popularity and it is here to stay. Buying second hand items is by far the most sustainable choice you can make. When you purchase items that already exist, less finite resources are needed. Thrifting also enables us to become conscious and ethical shoppers, while also being cost effective and diverse.
- EMBRACE WALKING
Taking the stairs over the elevator is not only a good workout, but it also doubles as a sustainable practice. Walking to your nearest grocery store rather than using a vehicle reduces your carbon footprint and is better for the environment