“Swachha Bharat” A dream aim or just a drive of willpower – things to do

Hit and hot in the news and talks these days, Swaccha Bharat/Clean India is what we all would love to see and talk about; but how many of us is giving it an earnest effort of thought and initiatives. Why only the Taj is seen clean, won’t it look lovely if the whole Agra would be clean? Think of the day whole Connaught Place, India Gate, Chandni Chowk gullies, the Sarojni market be all clean. Why only think of clean NCR; beaches of Mumbai, villages, religious places, cities, metros… whole country be clean. Give it a thought and say won’t you love to see the roads, highways, malls, local markets, gardens, government offices and colleges; be all clean and equally presentable as are those abroad; that we excitedly visit and admire.

Its true all of us cannot go out, clean the roads and all; yet joining hands with the movement isn’t that tough. All it needs actually is just an honest effort. Here we bring you 8 things to do to support and join the movement:

1. Start with your home: As goes the common saying, first step in any work starts at your own home. Keep your own room, your house and premises clean first. Please don’t be so specific to just keep your house clean, the surrounding, and the society also should be taken care of, so do keep the environment clean.
Swear to keep your house and society clean, make it the most beautiful place in the world.

2. Join the Chain: Well the most admirable and sincere of all efforts to contribute to the Swacch Bharat movement is join the chain by stepping out with a shovel and join the chain of Swacch Bharat mission. Call your friends and family to join you in the work. And invite your friends to undertake
pick an area suffering from garbage, pollution and contamination; clean it.

3. Stop Littering: More or less we all litter around; throwing chips and chocolate wrappers, tea/coffee cups, cigarette buts, combed off hairs, empty bottles, soda cans, etc. by roadsides, from train/car windows, etc. all the time participating in debates and discussions we blame the municipal authority and workers and the government for the dirty areas and roads and polluted rivers, and forget all the time we dumped litter around.

Well, blaming is easy of all, instead we can make a very small and sincere effort of carrying a polybag or paper bag with us for litter in our cars or along with our luggage or in our bags while out and use dustbins when in home/office.

Swear not to litter and not let others litter as well.

4. Preserve the Monuments: We are very lucky to have inherited such a proud and glorious history in inheritance which dates back to several centuries. Instead of showing our gratitude to the precious monuments and heritage sites we visit, what is the most common scene is seeing people around littering or scratching the stones to engrave their names, which is not only stupid but very reckless. As responsible citizens accept them as your own inheritance and pledge to preserve them.
Stop Spoiling Monuments and Heritage Places, teach your children the same and stop others as well from doing so.

5. Dump garbage systematically: Keeping your house clean does not mean to dust and wash your own room/house and dump the dust and garbage on road or in fields or under the trees around. Please resist such lazy and reckless temptations. If the municipality has not placed dustbins in your locality, you along with you society members can afford to do so. It won’t seek a heavy investment.
Swear to dump garbage only in dustbins and help the municipal corporation, keep your area clean.

6. Stop Public Urination: This is both disgusting and unhygienic. In villages where there are no toilets, such act is understandable, but in civilized societies, such act is not justified. Well this point may sound stupid and irrelevant, but is equally important.
Swear not to urinate in public and stop others as well. For contingent situations carry bottles.

7. Turn it into a social buzz: This movement is not just any government plan, come on people it is about getting your city, your country clean; to make it stand and match up with the preventability of Singapore, England, America, and Australia… Hit this topic up and turn it into the next social buzz. Once selfies with Jharu/brooms and in cleaning pose become a style statement, even for the pose a lot of cleaning and awareness will be done.
Pledge to pose with Jharu/broom and in cleaning pose, keep the topic hot in discussions.

8. Get Ecofriendly and recycle: Have you ever given it a thought, how much of trash you create and the amount of harm you to do to our environment. Practically it’s true we cannot all get 100% Eco savvy and stop using refrigerator, ac, cars, all products of plastic, leather, etc. Yet there are many small things we can incorporate in our life style and bring down the amount of trash we create. Such gestures could be planning your needs aptly and thus buying only what we need; recycling plastic and glass bottles, containers, car tubes and tires, etc.
Pledge to create minimal trash and recycle as much as you can. Also, if possible try to adapt a tree in your society.

Other things to do could be to paint the roadsides/footpaths or areas once cleaned by the municipal staff and beautify it, place notices on wall/public toilets, create awareness, inspire the shopkeepers to refrain selling trash products and not to give plastic bags.

We pledge you to join hands not just to support the PM and government, but to be a responsible citizen, a good human and a good parent. Getting the surrounding clean, you will actively contribute to the conservation of environment, giving your children and future generations a cleaner, a better and beautiful country. Let’s gift Bapu the India of his dream, what he fought and stood up for.

Why Adopt a Tree ?

Silly to some and gentle gesture for many others, it’s no less than the feeling of parenthood for me. Adopting a tree is one of the latest initiatives of the nature lovers and eco-conservationists to indulge society into planting a tree or to adopt a tree and take care of its well-being like you do of a kid.

Adopt a Tree

Adopt a Tree

You, me… all of us; we are all breathing in oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, 15-20 times a minute. Taking in the required oxygen, consuming it; we are customers of the nature. Cherishing the free of cost services of nature, we are and have been living since ages. Though nature never asks for a remuneration, but do we really don’t owe anything to nature in return of these precious services that are the source of our life.

Infact the ugly truth is that one side we are totally dependent on nature and on the other side we are deteriorating it for making houses, factories, farms, etc. Doesn’t it thus become our moral duty to do something to bring back a balance; at least a little bit also. Rural societies present a much pleasant presentation in this context. Every house small or big does have a few plants and trees in their courtyard; which is why the pollution is far less in these areas; the road traffic, etc. pollution factors also are minimal there. An adverse and serious situation presides in the urban areas, where industrial development-waste, traffic pollution, etc. thrives at a large scale. Living in big cities, we need to think of the topic a little more responsibly. Why?

I know, what would be your first hand reaction! One of the best modern concepts of our educated-urban societies is to curse the municipal body and government for everything; from, electricity, to bad road, for littering and garbage and pollution. But is that fair? To an extent that is right, but to think and shrug-off your shoulder saying what difference my small initiative would do, or I don’t have time is not done, neither justified nor acceptable. You never skip your breathing, you both breath-in and breath out, you never refuse to use a vehicle and offer to walk over the distance, you never say no to the use of the technology and machine causing pollution; or consuming oxygen. Why back-off during the payback time. As sincerely you use the services of nature, so sincere you must be in paying back to the nature.

Go a little green and help your society be clean. Support the nature and world survive a little longer. Don’t overlook your initiative. Every small initiative, when cumulated together will make a big difference. Doing your share you can motivate others and bring the change, today’s world needs; to conserve the precious riches of the nature for the generations to come.

To give and gift to the one, who asks for it does makes you happy; but giving to the one who never asks for is a surreal satisfaction. Trust me, plant a tree in your courtyard, balcony and terrace, or bring in some in-house plants. Water them, walk around them, talk to them, sing around them…; make a bond of love with them. Share your moments of happiness with them. When stressed, walk around them, look at their tender green leaves, touch them, water them; and see for yourself how magically your tension and anxiety will go away. Trees and plants, yes they can’t speak your language; but trust me without uttering a word, they do know us, make friends with us, cheer us, smile with us, share our feeling, and heal our pain. Along with giving oxygen, fruits and other medical/cooking benefits; they can be real companions. It is well said in the Indian mythologies also, that a tree is equivalent to 100 sons; your human child can still leave you, but a tree never leaves you, will accompany you for all life, will stand by you, will protect you, and will always love you.

If you cannot afford to have and maintain plants in your house, you can plant and adopt one in your nearby or frequently visited park or on the side of the roads or pavements of your society. Gift a plant or a tree to your beloved, to your kids.

I have a family of 24 plants with my spouse and trust me; in these three years of togetherness I have received a lot of love, peace, trust and bliss around them. They are no less than my own 24 children and we are a happy family together. Bring home your little green kids, surreal angels and share the bliss. If you already have, do share your stories with us.

How to Keep our Environment Clean, Start with Your Society

We always love to be in a society that is clean and green. We all are advocates for a neat and clean society, pollution free environment; but how many of us do actually make an effort for that. Ask yourself? None of us would prefer to live in a dirty surrounding, there is hardly anyone who does not complains about unattended garbage, open manholes, filthy society and civic agencies not being prompt in their duties. It’s true that civic agencies are responsible for taking care of our society but it’s also important that we must realize our responsibilities to our society and environment; and do our share.

Clean Society

Clean Society

Shrugging off our shoulders of the litter and dirt, cursing the government and civic agencies is not entirely right. Living in the society, being a part of the environment, we too have a moral responsibility to contribute to the environment we are breathing in. Understand the situation with parties that you host at your home. When couple of guests visits your home, especially kids, definitely the house gets mismanaged and littered. The question is do we walk away blaming the guest and leave the house as it is; or we do get irritated, but clean the house and get it back into shape. Same should be our attitude and responsibility for our society, city and environment as well. Contribute your share!

Littered society

Littered society

Here are few easy and effective tips which will help us in keeping our society clean:-

1)    Be the change that you want to see in others: We always complain about the things and processes that have not been taken care of… Most of the time we ourselves don’t follow them. The first thing that is needed to be done is to change ourselves into the person we want others to be. Why wait for other to do the right things, take initiative and lead the way.

2)    Don’t litter: Please don’t litter in your society and/or roads. Set a good example. Use dustbins, it will help in keeping the society clean. If society is plagued by litter then consult with your society members, president and other authorities in order to organize an awareness camp. Work with them and volunteers to clean the litters.

3)    Don’t dispose garbage in open areas:  Use dustbin or other means for dumping the waste material. People even in urban areas are seen throwing the waste on road or around open park areas. By organizing awareness camp you can help them in understanding the importance of using dustbin.

4)    Plant trees/Adopt trees: You should plant trees in your society or you can also adapt any tree and take care of that. Trees will help in controlling the pollution atleast a little bit. Having lots of trees in your society will help you have fresh air for you and your kids, balanced rainfall, and with a beautiful green society you will inspire others to follow the track and save the city and environment.

5)    Proper storage of water: Water is the most important part of life. Excess or deficit, both, of water not only makes us cry, but can lead to severe damages as well. Proper storage of water can help us combat many problems. We should try to store rain waters; with proper arrangements and help of society members we can utilize them for future usage. Water logging around the society if not managed leads to mosquito breeding which can cause various disease like Dengue, malaria, chickengunia etc.

6)    Be real eco-friendly: Don’t just talk about eco-friendly concepts and principles, abide by them. Use herbals colors in Holi; avoid using crackers on Diwali; do not dump e-waste (worn out electrical equipments, gadgets, etc.) or plastic waste; avoid using vehicles for short distances, instead walk or use a bicycle; do not overcharge your mobile batteries, charge only when the battery drains out.

 

If you have any more suggestions and ideas, do share with us and we will include them in our ‘Help the Society’ list.