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Make the World Future-Ready for Our Children


A Brand New Year is here. There are resolutions galore.
Is there someone trying to have a “parenting” resolution? Most probably no. When it comes to new year resolutions, perhaps parenting is a bit lower on the priorities scale. Well, give it a try – some parenting resolves to be taken in the first month of the year and the rest of the twelve too!

World news has been splattered with pollution scares and environment degeneration. A large number of people, including kids, suffer from lung ailments because of the noxious air quality. It is not much of a world we are leaving for our kids. After we have mucked up the environment to the hilt, it’s our children and the future generations that will bear the brunt.
Let us all resolve to make the world a better place to live in for the sake of our childgloberen. No point wringing our hands and saying “what can we do?” helplessly. There is a lot each person can do.

Reduce traffic
Whenever I look out at the road, I see big cars with only one person in it. Such a colossal waste. Do not drive a huge petrol guzzler to work. Collaborate with a few colleagues and set up a car pool. It is a tad difficult but not impossible. Find a few likeminded people and give it a try. It will go a long way in make the air a bit less murky along with saving the dwindling fuel reserves.
Get off your high ego horse and try public transport. Better still walk or ride a bicycle if possible. This will also work wonders for your waistline.

Do not waste paper
With the amount of paper we waste, soon the world will be completely devoid of trees. So before you take that unnecessary print out, or throw away paper recklessly, think. There is a lot you can do to save paper. Use both sides of printing paper. Use one sided sheets for rough work. Avoid sending paper greeting cards.

Get your own bag
This is probably the biggest environmental menace – the plastic bag. This innocuous non bio-degradable thing adds up to the world’s misery. Do away with it. Carry your own bag when you go grocery shopping. Turn old denim skirts into handy and cute carry bags. Reuse old plastic bags.

Conserve resources
Consider this world’s resources to be coming from a bank. The more you use them, the less you leave for the children. Be it water, minerals, land or electricity. Use them consciously. Avoid spraying water as if there was no tomorrow. Water used to wash up the vegetables and lentils can be used for watering the plants. Turn off the running tap and kindly fix leaking faucets.

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Sia Mitra is a freelance writer and blogger with more than a decade of experience. She has written for most major publications like Femina, Prevention, Complete Well-being, Child, Mother & Baby, Parent & Child, Womens Era, etc.


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