This World Environment Day 2021, take the time out of your daily routine and really ponder over how our actions impact our planet. Are we taking care of it? Are we nurturing it? Or are we merely exploiting it? These are some of the questions we need to repeatedly ask ourselves in order to realise the way our actions affect our surroundings.
As Emerson, a 19th century American poet, says: “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Hence, it is important to live sustainably for ourselves and our future generations. Activities and awareness drives should be conducted frequently to bring the issues faced by planet earth to limelight and direct attention towards its conservation.
Take Part in Cleanliness Drives
With an increase in population and urbanisation, the production of waste has also increased. That waste, in most cases, ends up in a landfill. Most of the waste is untreated and directly dumped, further damaging the environment. However, the waste also has great potential for us. The waste generated can be recycled and repurposed. Yet, it ends up on the empty plots or underutilised lands. Even in everyday life, people are not conscious enough to deposit the waste in a dustbin. Hence, it ends up littering the place.
Cleaning our surroundings is a duty we owe to planet earth. It is upon us to ensure the community we live in is clean and healthy. If every individual vows to clean their surroundings, more than half of our work will be done. It is one activity that can be easily conducted and can instil awareness in the community to help protect the surrounding.
Planting a tree is a great way to give back to mother nature. When someone plants a tree, they are not only beautifying a place but they are also helping the environment. Plants help purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
It is also a great hobby to adopt that helps relax the mind. Taking care of a plant teaches a person to be patient and care for the plant like a baby as it grows and matures. It teaches a person to be consistent and recognise the effort that goes into saving the planet. It also allows one to be more mindful of their actions and recognise the time it takes for a plant to grow. This enables the person to be environmentally conscious and recognise the threat to the environment.
Plan an Activity With Kids
Planning an activity with the kids for World Environment Day 2021 will be a step in the right direction in raising awareness among the younger generation. Helping children learn about their surroundings and making them conscious of the result of our actions will instil in them the traits of kindness and gratitude.
There are several activities that can be planned with kids. An up-cycling trash competition can be conducted where children can pick up litter and let their creativity take over to turn them into decorative pieces. Moreover, nature walks can also be planned where the children take a walk in their place of living to identify the flora and fauna inhabiting the place. They can also point out a few good and few bad characteristics about the place. This will allow them to be more analytical in life and will also allow them to gain knowledge about the environment.
Connect with Nature
Every individual should take time out of their busy schedule and try to connect with nature once in a while. One way to do this is to take a step back and listen loudly. Listen to the sounds of nature. The sound of the birds chirping! The sound of winds blowing! The sound of the animals playing! These melodies are beautiful but in the hustle and bustle of life are often ignored.
Nature gives multiple opportunities everyday to brighten up our mood. People often wait for vacations to go to exotic places to connect with nature and watch a beautiful sunset or sunrise. While doing that is recommended, it should be borne in mind that we get to experience that every single day. All we have to do is be more mindful of our surroundings.