“The art of Living without Living\” aptly sums up the practice of the oft used phrase “sustainable living”. You may have wondered as to what Sustainable living actually is. “sustainability” is the study of how natural systems function, remain diverse and produce everything it needs for the ecology to remain in balance. It looks to and refers to the effort of reducing the load on the environment and natural resources whereby giving them an opportunity to regenerate.
This is easier said than done and we have been conditioned to so many small practices that actually overload the earth’s natural resources or the environment without actually realizing it. You search on the internet and you are bombarded with ideas and simple hacks to reduce your carbon footprint.
Actually everyone at the back of their mind is aware of the impact of many of their actions, however, they simply forget in the monotony of their daily routines. Plus the fact that many sustainable practices sound easier than they actually are. Thus, a constant reminder of sorts becomes necessary and we must come forth to look for reduction and not perfection/ elimination. Something that has been ingrained in our way of living cannot practically be wished away, but a reduction would certainly foster regeneration and sustainability.
There are many people in this world who are poor and cannot think about an ecological and sustainable way of living. For them, it is a luxury they can ill afford. Overcoming poverty is of prime importance to them than for example air pollution and over-fertilization. So, essentially there is an existential divide here between urban and rural/ rich and poor and the privileged should take the lead for obvious reasons. For starters, sustainable living does not have to be hard, and starting small is better than not starting at all. The list to do is endless but here are some tips and tricks to help reduce your impact in multiple areas of your life!
Walk to work. If that is not possible, use public transport. Fossil fuels contribute the most to environmental degradation and plus they are non-renewable. Emissions can be seriously reduced here.
Sustain at home too
It can begin wherever one wants, but the main thing is the ethos behind it. For example
• Turn off appliances and lights that you’re not using.
• Install five star rated energy-efficient appliances.
• Reduce the use of the air conditioner
• Replace incandescent bulbs & CFLs with LED bulbs
• Unplug appliances, not in use
This is too vast to detail Water is wasted in toilets, while bathing, washing everywhere. So if you can afford it invest in water-efficient flushing systems, ditch the showers and go back to the bucket, reduce the use of detergent, Reuse water to feed plants. Remember anything saved will all add up in the long run.
Sure your butter chicken is delicious, but cutting meat out of your diet will help the planet. If that is not possible at least reduce the number of meat-free days in a month.
Plant more trees around you. Creating an impact in your neighborhood can have a major impact on the local environment too
Surely, you may have encountered these suggestions at various places and times and they may look hackneyed. BUT Remember, there are so many seemingly insignificant changes we can make to our lifestyle that combined make a substantial impact globally. Personal responsibility is such a powerful way to be a part of the solution.