On the occasion of World Environment Day, there are a few ways to go green and lead a healthy lifestyle without making many changes completely.
Fresh fruits and vegetables: Eating packaged foods can hamper your health and cause serious ailments. Choose vegetables and fruits that are sold fresh off the produce and which are free of harmful chemicals.
Organic farming: Growing organic vegetables at home. If you want to grow your own vegetables at home, here are a few things you need to keep in mind. You need organic soil, organic seeds. Allow enough light and air once you sow the seeds. Don’t overwater it and ensure that rats don’t get to the small plants. You can literally enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your own labour.
What you can grow at home: The easiest to grow are the tomatoes, brinjals, beans, peas, broccoli and cauliflower, bitter gourd, snake gourd and muskmelon.
Health and nutrition– On health and nutrition front, shunning pesticides like sulfan and furadan. It is not just the farmers who suffer from the negative effects of pesticides. Many agricultural chemicals, such as endosulfan, can be found far away from the fields on which they were applied. It has been detected in homes, waterways and air long after they have been spread over croplands. Exposure to these residues increases the risks of developing many diseases, from certain forms of cancer to neurological disorders. Chemical-free farming – very much in contrast to the status quo of the Green Revolution and industrial farming is healthier for the environment and human populations.
The environment belongs to all and is important to all. Environmental issues received international attention in the Stockholm Conference on 5th June 1972. Since then we celebrate World Environment Day on 5th June.
There is a Chinese proverb
“If you plan for one year, plant rice, if you plan for 10 years, plant trees and if you plan for 100 years, educate people.
So, if we want to protect and manage our planet Earth on a sustainable basis, all of us need to be environmentally educated.
Stock up on water: On an individual level, we need to have water tanks in our house than constantly use flowing water for washing, cleaning etc. Conserve water and stop wastage of water.
Reuse Paper: Use both sides of paper when you need print-outs. Although paper is bio-degradable, the wastage of it releases greenhouse gases like methane when being decomposed. So, reuse paper and help preserve trees and conserve nature. You and your children can create from these DIY projects. 30 Awesome DIY Projects Using Newspaper!
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