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Jan 16, 2015

Healthy Planet – An essential pre-requisite to a Healthy life

Our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi commenced the Clean India Campaign and stressed on the importance of cleanliness in our surroundings. Although this campaign has successfully made a positive impact on people and created awareness about the topic, it is still surprising that this particular initiative never got as much attention earlier. It’s a well-known fact that a healthy environment and hygienic surrounding has a positive impact on our health. Dumping garbage and leaving toxic waste openly in public places not only damages our own health but also creates an unbearable living condition for other living organisms. A clean environment is one that is completely devoid of filth.

Water is the primary source of life for all life forms. There can be no life without water. It is because of this reason that, water pollution and litter, both are considered to be two of the main causes of the environment being dirty. Here are a few tips that could certainly help in reducing the damage and keeping the environment safe & hygienic for all:

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse – If you follow these 3 rules with everything you use on a daily basis, then it will definitely bring a positive change to the planet. Reduce water consumption and minimize the use of products that contain harmful chemicals, recycle items such as paper & glass and try to utilize disposable items to the fullest before discarding them.

Plant trees – The more trees you plant, the more oxygen there is in the atmosphere. Thus the air we breathe will be safer & cleaner. There are many health benefits of growing a plant at home too.

Do not litter – If there is less trash coming out of your home there will be lesser garbage on the roads and much less pollution in the environment. Do not throw waste materials on the roads, drains, gutters and society compounds as doing so attracts mosquitoes and bacteria that double the risk of diseases and infection. Install garbage cans wherever possible and always throw all refuse in these cans. Cut back carbon footprints causing excess air pollution

Simplify your life – Buying goods and other items that you do not use on a daily basis only adds to the waste items that ultimately goes into our already full landfills. Instead of throwing away unused items, donate them to those who actually have some use for it.

Try to use eco-friendly & bio degradable goods – Use recyclable goods. Avoid using plastic bags for your shopping needs. Conserve energy with minimal usage of electrical appliances. Buy appliances that are not only eco- friendly but energy efficient too.

Illnesses like Cholera, Dengue fever, Malaria, Leptospirosis etc. are all caused due to unclean surroundings. It is easy to put up laws for keeping the surroundings clean, what’s difficult is getting people to follow these laws. By making a few small changes in our habits & lifestyle we can not only keep our environment hygienic but also build a foundation for the next generation to lead a disease-free life.