According to a WHO report, 99 percent of the world’s population are breathing toxic, polluted and laden in fine particulate matter. Human greed is the primary factor in the destruction of the planet’s natural resources like forests, seas, and mountains. Here are some ways that you can voice your concerns and follow environmental standards that protect the planet and keep it safe.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
It is possible to reduce your energy consumption and benefit both the environment as well as the user. You can save money by using less electricity. A simple way to reduce energy consumption is to turn off the lights when you leave a space. To help maintain a clean environment, unplug electronic devices that you aren’t using. You can turn off your computer, phone, laptop or coffee maker. These small steps will help reduce CO2 emissions.
Make your commute more sustainable
Research shows that vehicles produce more than 50,000 tons per year of PM2.5 in India’s urban centers. The transport sector also contributes to around 8% of India’s total emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), with Delhi accounting for close to 30%. It is possible to save the environment by not driving or using public transport. A great way to reduce carbon footprint is to carpool to work. We can also look into adopting public transport systems whenever we can. Some cities, such as Pune, celebrate BUS DAY, where citizens are encouraged and encouraged to use public transport. This means that there are fewer private vehicles on the roads for the day. Alternativly, we can explore retrofit options to reduce emissions from existing cars until we adopt EVs at a larger scale.
To make crematoriums more sustainable, explore new technologies
Recently, the National Green Tribunal suggested that Gas or Electricity be used for cremation instead of wood. Recent years have seen a significant increase in cremations and crematoriums have been a major source of pollution. Another way to reduce the impact of human activity on the environment is to opt for greener cremation in crematoriums retrofitted with anti-pollution devices.
Many crematoriums use water scrubbers to reduce pollution. However, water is often wasted in treating the smoke. The wastewater or slurry is then released into a water body or landfill, which transfers the pollution from the air to the water. Caskets that do not release toxic chemicals into the air during cremation can be used to make the process more eco-friendly. We need to find better and more efficient solutions to the problem of hazardous substances being released at the source.
Avoid burning waste
When garbage is burned, large quantities of toxic gases and particulates are released into the air. These pollutants are often associated with air pollution and can cause serious respiratory illnesses such as methane, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter. This should be closely monitored, and citizens should be encouraged not to report any instances of air pollution using a public grievances system. It is advisable to investigate technologies that can help manage landfill waste without any environmental consequences.
Reuse and recycle
Reusing and recycling are beneficial for the environment as they help to reduce gaseous and particulate emission. It helps to reduce greenhouse gas emission, which are a major contributor to global warming, and also contributes to the ecosystem’s long-term preservation for future generation.
This World Earth Day aims to raise awareness about the environment and climate change and to celebrate the beauty of the planet. We must all work together to reverse environmental damage and keep the environment clean. Many people believe they are too small to make any difference. But when enough people do something, the positive effects add up!
(About Irfan Panan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pi Green Innovation.
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