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Sustainable Development
Vaidehi Chhaparwal
Content Writer @ Earth Root Foundation, Jai Hind College, Mumbai
(Published on: 12 August, 2020 @09 PM)

Sustainable Development. Okay, we know this term, from the last two decades this term has hovered around our societies yet we haven't really given it a thought. We have rot-learnt its definition, but never really tried to understand what it really means and why it is so important? So, let me define it in a way that pushes you to think about it. Sustainable Development is the magical hymn that will promise you that you will live the next 40 years of your life. Because the clock is ticking and we got to do something about it.

Unfortunately, many people think that they don't have any role to play in such situations, huge industries, governments, and billionaires will save this world because what a layman can do when these industries and government decide to clear a patch of forest? Write a petition? That it?

But we got to understand that we have more power than we realize, that our efforts matter, that small steps forward is still a step forward.

Our resources are utilized at an alarming rate. And we have, HAVE to save ourselves on our own. So here are some easy 'survival hacks' that may save your life.

v  Turn off the lights. Your TV or computer screen provides a cozy glow, so turn off other lights if you don’t need them.

v  Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.

v  Donate what you don’t use. Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.

v  Air dry. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.

v  Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10-minute shower.

v  Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants

v  Buy minimally packaged goods.

v  Shop local. Supporting neighborhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.

v  Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.

v  Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs

v  Share, don’t just like. If you see an interesting social media post about women’s rights or climate change, share it so folks in your network see it too. (like this one)

Try them. Share them. Make it a habit. Because this time we have to do something to save OUR future and save OURSELVES.

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