June the 5th is here, and it will pass by as usual unnoticed by a majority of people. But the clock is ticking and soon the time will come when every other day would be as important as this day.
While a good number of people still turn a blind eye to water and air pollution, overpopulation, and deforestation as the reasons for climate change, many have started to realise the truth the hard way. Global warming naysayers are feeling the heat, and their false convictions are melting like the polar ice.
Temperatures in the desert state of Rajasthan touched a shocking 51 degrees, while cooler hill stations bore the brunt of rising heat. The heat wave is sweeping the country off its feet, but the number of trees fallen is not decreasing. Water wells are drying up, and sea creatures are choking up on plastic waste.
How do we grow from a developing to a developed nation without disturbing nature’s balance?
Wendell Berry said, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” So here are a few actionable pointers for every citizen who wants to bring about a collective, positive change in our environment:
- Plant saplings.
- Opt or offer to car pool.
- Harvest Rainwater.
- Install solar panels.
- Reduce the use of plastic bags and utensils.
- Carry reusable bags while grocery shopping. Place one in your vehicle for emergencies.
- Do not litter in public places; make use of dustbins.
- Lessen the load of sanitary workers.
There is so much more that you can do, but the time to make a difference is now. Start today.