I feel every day is environment day. But then 5th June is dedicated as the world environment day. As a person I feel I do very little. But then whatever little I do, I am going to talk about it. But what worries me more is that I do not know what more can I do.
The most obvious thing to do while staying in a hotel is to place the ‘do not change the linen’ card on the pillow. Ditto for the towels. Another obvious thing is to use the smaller flush button whenever possible.
I am big fan of public transport. I am big fan of Delhi Metro too. I use local buses, even the most rickety ones. I use shared jeeps, I will take a train but I do fly as well! And I am not even thinking about giving up on flights. I have seen very little of the world.
At home I have small patches of land which I have crammed with trees and plants. I am actually scared that a few of them will crumble the boundary wall! And I bother my family members no end to water the plants when I am traveling.
I use a bucket and a mug to water the plants rather than a hosepipe. I use the discarded RO water to wash the clothes. I use the vegetable peels in the garden.
I am after my daughter’s life if I see her wasting water while brushing her teeth or washing her hands. In fact I do the same with my niece.
I am known for refusing polythene bags at the places I shop regularly.
I firmly believe in the Gary Snyder quote “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
But in the end my list looks so haphazard and insubstantial. And this when I have been lucky to trek in truly beautiful places and enjoy nature!
Do share your everyday environment tips, so that I can use them too. And do a better post the next world environment day!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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