As the world deals with the novel coronavirus, the outbreak is having some surprising yet positive side effects. The human activity slowdown due to the outbreak has insofar been demonstrated to have had a positive effect on the planet. With India lockdown for 21 days, it has shown signs of improvements in several parts of the country, such as the water quality of Ganga and Yamuna River has improved, pollution levels are visibly down not just in India’s capital but all over in the country.
This lockdown came out as proof that the earth’s pollution level can be restored. More an interesting aspect that I recently came across that the earth’s crust is vibrating less since there is a drop in human activity amid lockdown. Meaning the decline in vibrations created due to the earth’s upper crust by buses, trains, cars and other human activities has lead scientists to record even minor earthquakes which otherwise wouldn’t be noticeable.
So the question arises “CAN WE KEEP UP THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT SAFE AND CLEAN?”
Well on our part we can surely do a few things to ensure our surroundings clean and safe. As mother me can inculcate the following in our routine along with children:
- Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or washing face
- Turn off the light when you leave the room
- Separate trash so that it will be easier for the municipal corporation to recycle
- Unplug all electronics when not in use
- Carpool with friends
- Pack your child’s lunch in reusable bags
- Don’t litter
- Take shorter showers
- Walk instead of drive, when possible.
- Use refillable water bottles
- Plant a vegetable or fruit garden
- Go on a Nature Walk
- Host a picnic at your local park
Now, I know it won’t happen in a day, even I don’t completely live a perfect eco-friendly lifestyle. Occasionally I purchase things in plastic…and then I don’t recycle them. But I’ll tell you what as I’ve realized this I have started working towards it. As mom’s, we are always busy and eco-lifestyles can be inconvenient as all the cute stuff is made of plastic right, toys, stationery, home decor, kitchen essentials you name all are in plastic.
And that’s ok, no one is perfect. The most important thing is that you are trying or will try. And don’t let “green guilt” get to you. But as mothers, we have to think of earth’s sustainability journey like our motherhood journey. So what’s the best you can do:
Doing the Best You Could, With What You Have
As a mom, we can start planting more both indoors and outdoors and remember the broken coffee mugs, plastic cups, mugs or plates you can plant in them too(this simple yet effective idea was given to me by my 3 years old). You can make the best choice relied on your knowledge & what you have access to at that moment.
Tomorrow Is Another Day
Moms make mistakes, so start fresh every day. This will unquestionably happen on your eco-friendly journey, as it occurs to me as well. Tomorrow is another day and you can start fresh.
Take It One Step At A Time
For the past two years, I have been practicing an eco-friendly lifestyle and you don’t need to spend anything big for it. Just begin with what you have already. Start small, concentrate on one thing at a time and it’ll make the flip to a more eco-friendly lifestyle simpler. One thing that I initiated was recycling old clothes, stopped buying plastic toys for my daughter, started using menstrual cups(as decomposition of sanitary pads is a huge concern), I try to buy products with lesser packaging as possible, and in kitchen, I am slowly shifting back to glass and steel utensils to store and daily use.
Living life as an eco-friendly mother shouldn’t add more of a burden to your jampacked to-do list.
So Are You Ready To Be More Eco-Friendly
So this might seem a little overwhelming but think about your surroundings individually. Don’t forget that eco-friendly lifestyles are a journey, not a destination.
And don’t be afraid to give me a shout, I love hearing from you.