“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Robert Swan
As an environmentalist... these figures terrify me. What will the status of this Earth be in 2050? What kind of a world are my future grandchildren going to inherit? Will they have clean water to drink and pure air to breathe? How many more species of wildlife will be extinct within a few decades? However, there is some light on the horizon.
As a consumer... it is heartening to notice big and small brands trying to make a difference. Plastic bags, in many companies, are becoming a thing of the past. Restaurants are doing away with plastic straws. Eco-friendly options are being installed in existing buildings and green offices are springing up.
As a traveller... I am pleased to witness an increasing number of hotels and lodges adopting an eco-conscious approach. By example, the last safari lodge I visited was completely off the grid, running off solar power and generators and eliminating disposable materials in lieu of reusable items. This ensures that guests can wallow in luxury while enjoying a truly sustainable safari experience. Another hotel I visited, featured advanced solar, wind and water-harvesting as well as rainwater recycling technologies. It’s green features included an eco-pool, a vertical garden and power-generating gym equipment. I am more likely to support these establishments.
As a mother... I am gratified to note that the younger generations are being inculcated with an eco-conscious mindset from an early age these days. My children constantly bring home assignments and projects which focus on developing this mindset. This year, we have learnt to separate our household trash and dispose of it in a manner that will reduce our carbon footprint.
Small steps lead to big changes. Here are some changes you can make to your lifestyle which will help the environment.
As the Native Americans believe, we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children so let’s return it to them in as pristine a condition as possible.
What are your thoughts and tips on sustainability in 2021 and beyond ?
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