15+ Choices to Make for Sustainable Living in Urban India
Wikipedia definition for sustainable living: Sustainable living describes a lifestylethat attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources, and one’s personal resources. It is often called as “earth harmony living” or “net zero living”.
Sustainable Living Ideas for Urban Populations
1. Cut down carbon emission by re-planning travels
Invariably, our daily commute involves using a motor-bike or car or auto for some reason. But sometimes, we can easily avoid them. What are the alternatives?
You can walk down to nearby grocery store instead of going in a motor-bike. This will give you some physical exercise, reduce carbon emission and also helps saving fuel cost.
Similarly, think about possibility to commute in a bicycle to your office or nearby places. Best option for many reasons as mentioned earlier.
Next options are to use public transportation system or car-pooling. If this is done by large number of people, collective impact is significant.
Then, the vehicle itself. Are you using an electric vehicle? Also hybrid vehicles are better options for their fuel efficiency.
Next thing is the suggestion by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When driving a car, one can reduce taking breaks and gas pedals, receiving customary tune ups such as changing oils and using the maintenance schedule of the manufacturer.
2. Indoor gardening or Backyard gardening
There are two important aspect to buying fresh vegetables from outside that are environmentally detrimental.
Growing fresh vegetables in large scale plenty of energy. There is a high chance that it many chemicals are used in the process.
Transportation of vegetables will leave a huge carbon footprint.
Therefore, if you have a backyard, why can’t you start growing leafy greens and some vegetables. It is more healthier to consume these and will also help the environmental cause. As a bonus it will give you some fresh air and aid the surrounding eco-system. Alternatively, many have taken opportunity to do indoor gardening in a small scale.