Summers are getting longer and hotter. Winters are getting shorter and warmer. The weather is erratic all around-sudden rains, heat waves, droughts, floods-these are all signs of climate change. Everyone is talking about climate change-you just cannot ignore it. From The Paris Agreement last year at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to the Chennai floods, the strain on nature by man made causes is showing. It’s time to Go Green now.
According to NASA, “Climate change is a change in the usual weather found in a place. This could be a change in how much rain a place usually gets in a year. Or it could be a change in a place’s usual temperature for a month or season.
Climate change is also a change in Earth’s climate.” The main cause of climate change is Global Warming. Global warming is the gradual heating of Earth’s surface, oceans and atmosphere which is caused by emission of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Mankind contributes to a huge amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere through industrialisation and even day to day excessive usage of cars and machines.
Because of global warming and climate change, the Earth’s temperature will keep increasing which would in turn cause more snow and ice to melt and hence oceans would rise higher. Some places would get warmer and some colder with more snow while others might get more rain and there maybe drought in some areas.
The Government and international bodies like the United Nations are taking steps to curb the harmful effects of mankind on the environment. Be it the odd-even car rule in Delhi which is restarting on 15th April, 2016 or international conferences on climate change, every nation is trying to do its best to ensure sustainable living. Even though man is contributing to increasing levels of global warming, we can also do our bit to minimize the wastage of our natural resources and respect our environment. It’s time to Go Green.
Let us Conserve Energy
The more energy we consume, the more fossil fuels are burnt leading to emission of even more greenhouse gases. We can reduce our carbon footprint by conserving energy at home whenever we can by making small changes in our lifestyle.
- Clean or replace air filters of our air conditioning unit at least once a month which will help cool the house faster and hence reduce the usage of the air conditioning unit.
- Lower the thermostat of the water heater to 120 degree Celsius and set the refrigerator temperature at 36 degree-38 degree.
- Use electrical appliances only when you need them.
- When using an oven, minimise door opening as it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 degrees every time we open the door and hence we use the device for longer.
- Unplug infrequently used appliances.
- Wash clothes with warm or cold instead of hot water.
- Use a microwave whenever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove.
- Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.
- Purchase appliances and office equipments with the Energy Star Label; old refrigerators, for example, use up to 50% more electricity than newer models.
- Use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs to save moneyand energy.
- Plant trees to shade your home.
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Not only does emission of greenhouse gases hamper our environment, but also our waste disposal techniques and the usage of products which have harmful chemicals in them. Many a time we forget to check the chemical levels of our day to day products. High level of chemicals are not only toxic to ourselves but also to the environment.
- Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary(e.g. old thermometers)
- Use natural home-made alternatives as household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals.
- Buy only as much amount of paint for a painting job in home/office as required.
- When no good alternatives exist to a toxic item, find the least amount required for an effective, sanitary result.
- Don’t use lead-based paint-instead use wallpapers or other materials.
- Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.
- Use aromatic herbs instead of mothballs.
- Use ceramic coffee mugs instead of a plastic disposable cup.
- Use paper bags instead of plastic ones.
In The Garden
Be it our home or our surrounding gardens and parks, our environment is the one where we live in and small measures taken around us will reduce our harmful impact on the environment.
- Leave grass clippings on the yard-they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
- Minimize usage of pesticides.
- Water the grass and flowers early in the morning.
- Rent or borrow items like ladders, chain saws, party decorations and others that are seldom used instead of buying new ones.
- Put leaves in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away.
Everyone is waking up to this phenomenon of climate change and it is not only the duty of the Government or international bodies like the United Nations to protect our environment. If we all take small steps to conserve energy and minimize our carbon footprint, we can definitely make a difference as one step by us will inspire people around us to the same. It’s time to wake up to the dangers of climate change and do our bit to prevent it. It’s time to Go Green.