Three Rs On How To Save Our Environment

With the increasing amount of pollution, it has became necessary for all of us to take few imortant steps now. We need not feel powerless or overwhelmed by the scale of the problems because there are many things we can do to make a difference. There are three R's to save the environment. Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. What do they refer to?

Reduce: This means that you use less. You save electricity by switching off unnecessary lights and fans. You save water by replacing leaky taps. You do not waste food. Can you think of other things that you can reduce usage of?

Recycle: This means that you collect plastic, paper, glass and metal items and recycle these materials to make required things instead of synthesising or extracting fresh plastic, paper, glass or metal. In order to recycle, we first need to segregate our wastes so that the material that can be recycled is not dumped along with oher wastes. Does your village/town/city have a mechanism in place for recycling these materials?

Reuse: This is actually even better than recycling because the process of recycling uses some energy. In the 'reuse' strategy, you simply use thnigs again and again. Instead of throwing away used envelopes, you can reverse it and use it again. The plastic bottles in which you buy various food-items like jam or pickle can be used for storing things in the kitchen. What other items can we reuse?

But even while making everyday choices, we can make environment-friendly decisions. For doing this, we need to know more about how our choices can affect the environment, this effects ay be immediate or long-term or long-ranging. The concept of sustainabledevelopment encourages forms of growth that meet current basic human needs, while preserving the resources for the needs of future generations.

By: Gaurab Borah