Saving The Environment- One Small Step At a Time


I woke up to the alarm, as usual this morning. My phone had been charging overnight. It was overcharged. Will unplug the charger, later. Another 10 minutes of sleep won’t derail my schedule. So I decide to give those minutes to myself. The circulation of the cool air conditioning set up by the slow speed fan was too comforting to get out of the bed.

It was 30 minutes now. I decide to wake up, finally- the visualization of my late entry at the office (and its possible consequences) was enough for me to rush to the washroom. I put the geyser on and start to brush my teeth. The water freely flows through the faucet all through my brushing process. Next, I step in to the shower and its warmth is just too comforting to use it for a mere wash. I spend extra five minutes warming myself up. I walk back into the room and feel like I am about to start shivering. Oh wait! I had forgotten to switch the AC and the fan off! I do now. The lights- I need them to dress up and I had paid for every single one of them- so it makes more sense to switch them all on. This trouser, has worn out enough to make it trash worthy. So, I select another dress. But wait, my hair isn’t dry yet and I must use the hair dryer to get it dry as soon as possible. 15 minutes later, I am all dressed up for the office. I walk into the kitchen, make myself some tea and put the breakfast in the microwave to warm it up. I then walk into the drawing room, open the door, collect the newspaper and put it on the coffee table. TV is the perfect accompaniment to a steaming hot cup of tea, I think. So, I switch the TV on. The microwave had been beeping all this while. I ignore its beeps. I finally decide to have my breakfast minutes later and set it to warm again. I leave home for office- it is walking distance away with many public transport options available. But I have a bike, so why should I not use it?

Reached office. We had a meeting with a climate counsellor that day. She was trying to explain to us that the climate change threat was real. But she wasn’t really talking anything we didn’t already know (and ignore?). Her ideas on how each one of us could contribute to the environment in our personal capacity was quite interesting. But I had been thinking, isn’t the science behind creating a cleaner environment far too complicated? I mean how can an individual help the Earth cope with climate change? Still, I decide to enrol, to begin with. My life continued as it was until their course material arrived and I actually read it.

A month later.

I had segregated the wet and dry waste and kept it out of the house for municipal collection in the night. Woke up to the alarm this morning. My phone wasn’t charging overnight. The AC was turned off when the temperature of the room was just right to sleep. The fan wasn’t needed either. I walk into the washroom, turn the geyser on and brush my teeth- with the faucet not flowing freely this time. I quickly take a shower- just enough of it for a clean wash. I walk back into my room- It is sufficiently sunlit- I don’t really have to switch extra lights on. My hair- why would I blow dry it when I have enough time to let it dry on its own? Saves it from damage and also saves energy. Donating old clothes is not only philanthropic, but also helps save the environment- did you know that? Go find it out! I am ready for my office and still have enough time to read the newspaper and have breakfast. I unplug the microwave after my food warms up (in one attempt!). The drawing room lights were switched off in the night itself. Drew the curtains off to have enough light. Oh wait! Did I forget to switch the geyser off? Must run to do that. Read the newspaper while having breakfast. It was time to leave for the office. But before I left, a daily check must be performed- Are all the unused appliances plugged off? Yes, they are. The LPG regulator- turned down. Lights, fans- they are all switched off. Time to leave, my friends must have arrived at the bus stop. It is fun to take a public transport to the office and tell people about my new environment friendly lifestyle. It has inspired many. I follow the same energy saving tips at the office.

Now that’s one small step by a woman/man right? If each one of us decided to adapt these small changes, it would be a million steps- and that surely won’t be small then! Think! Believe it or not- With these small steps of mine, I am actually helping build a cleaner, sustainable future for planet Earth (and at the same time, saving 20-30% on my electricity, water and fuel bills!). Are you?