In recent decades, there has been a growing awareness of sustainable development. People have understood that carelessness in the use of the earth’s resources and the absence of measures to protect the environment are pushing our Earth and all of humanity towards disaster. Environmentalists therefore advocate for sustainable development, which means acting consciously, meeting the needs of the present without affecting the needs of future generations.
The misuse of resources is a bad habit that has taken hold over the years. Breaking it takes a lot of effort. This is why it is important to cultivate environmentally beneficial practices from childhood. At home and at school, children should be encouraged to choose hobbies and practices that will help them imbibe sustainability. Here are some easy habits to adopt.
Growing microgreens: Watching a plant grow and caring for it is not only enjoyable, but also helps keep the environment clean and beautiful. For those who don’t have the space and time to maintain a garden, growing Microgreens is an attractive option. Due to their high nutritional value and strong flavor, microgreens are considered superfoods.
Microgreens take about seven to fourteen days from sowing to harvest. They can be grown in any shallow container, do not require nutrient-rich soil, and can be grown on the balcony or windowsill. Including freshly harvested microgreens in the diet is healthy. It is also an opportunity to reuse food packaging and plastic containers.
Recycling : The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters. Recycling used clothes and increasing the life and value of existing clothes is now a popular and environmentally friendly hobby. It requires picking up some simple sewing skills and a sewing machine. Repair old pieces of clothing, modify clothes, add bows and accessories and you can flaunt a one-of-a-kind outfit! A creative, satisfying and lasting hobby!
Homemade paper: Creating homemade paper sheets is a fun and inexpensive hobby. With the help of an elder, even young children can be introduced to this wonderful craft. Many step-by-step guides are available online.
Repair and reuse: An abundance of products on the market has created a throwaway culture. Buying a new gadget or household item when it breaks down is normalized. But if you can give these items a longer lifespan, it slows down the cycle of production and waste. Reuse a pen with refills, or the satchel whose handle is broken by stitching it up. Learn basic repair skills from online tutorials or an offline skill development course, like Makerspaces. You will be helping yourself and the environment.
Bike: It is a rewarding activity. It is non-polluting and you get the reward of good health. Form a group of cycling buddies and enjoy whenever you have the time. A word of warning: follow the rules of the road and be careful. Or cycle to a playground in the wee hours of the morning.
Movement without purchase: The idea originated in Canada in the early 1990s and then spread to the United States. Now it is now global. The buy-free movement is about creatively and collaboratively sharing the many things that are already available. Throughout the year, groups without purchase organize the exchange and the repair of objects which they already possess. Consuming and spending less helps us move forward to save our planet. Create or join a No Buy group dedicated to selling or sharing used items and try not to buy anything, as much as possible. This is based on the three fundamental waste management principles of Refuse, Reuse and Recycle.
Conscious choices: In general, any mass-produced product will have an impact on the environment. It is therefore a good idea to become aware of the concept of carbon footprint and how to determine the environmental cost of the products you consume. Buy and consume local products. Estimate the cost of the natural resources your choices require. Once it becomes a habit, the food you eat, the dresses you wear, and your whole lifestyle will become greener.
No waste: Make a vow not to waste. No wasted food, water, electricity or fuel. Remember the maxim: energy saved is energy produced. Share your little successes and motivate your friends to become green warriors!