The world is slowly becoming aware and environmentally conscious about the depleting natural resources around us. People are taking efforts to build a place for themselves where sustenance of the resources is the topmost priority before creating newer ideas. There are scientists, researchers, governmental agencies, technical resources who are working at the macro level to mitigate the environmental issues. It becomes necessary that the common citizen puts his/her interest to save the planet in his/her own way that could contribute to the well-being of the natural resources and the society.
Many programmes such as clean up drives, tree plantation, waste segregation etc. have been conducted to generate awareness. It is due to this awareness that consumers are slowly becoming conscious about the products they use. Hence, there is a sense of responsibility that is gradually developing among the users with respect to the consumption of resources. This should further intensify in a way that every individual should initiate and integrate a sustainable life, which will help to serve the purpose of the future generation. Many companies are addressing the environmental needs and incorporating sustainable policies to adhere to the working culture of the employees. Being sustainably conscious had been the way of life during the old civilizations. It is only due to the demand and luxury of the today’s people, that there is exploitation of the natural resources, leading to social issues, misery, unwanted needs etc. Hence it is necessary that requirement of the people should be met but not at the cost of our environment.
Many companies are addressing the environmental needs and incorporating sustainable policies to adhere to the working culture of the employees. Being sustainably conscious had been the way of life during the old civilizations. It is only due to the demand and luxury of the today’s people, that there is exploitation of the natural resources, leading to social issues, misery, unwanted needs etc. Hence it is necessary that requirement of the people should be met but not at the cost of our environment.
HOW WE CAN START WITH ECO-LIFESTYLE
Everyone has their own lifestyle that mainly thrives on social and financial needs. The way we treat ourselves from the very beginning, we tend to stick to the same lifestyles without knowing its consequences. The good and the bad are overlooked and what is sought after is only luxury. This irresponsible way of living leads to an unhealthy life which over a period could hamper the physical and mental health of the person and could have a greater risk to the environment as well. The main concern here is the maximum consumption of the natural resources to meet the needs of the people which further leads to over exploitation and impacts the regeneration of the natural environment. This imbalance creates pressure on the resources to fulfil the requirement at every stage of human life. Hence one should adopt
The main concern here is the maximum consumption of the natural resources to meet the needs of the people which further leads to over exploitation and impacts the regeneration of the natural environment. This imbalance creates pressure on the resources to fulfil the requirement at every stage of human life. Hence one should adopt lifestyle that gives priority to both the needs of the people on one hand, and enhancing the environment which can lead to sustainable living on the other hand. There are many ways that people can bring a change and start setting the trend for a Sustainable Lifestyle.
Due to the rapid growth of population and more agricultural land getting converted into residential buildings and real estate investments, it becomes necessary that we enhance the green cover on building structure and optimize the micro climatic factor. Vertical farming is a concept of growing in vertically stacked layers that can be introduced in multi-storeyed buildings/structures. In Bengaluru, Metro pillars are converted into vertical gardens using hydroponics, they absorb pollution and are sight for the sore eyes. There are many products available in the market that can help in growing organic food within individual homes, colonies, institutional buildings, commercial offices etc.
DESIGNING GREEN INTERIORS – A LUXURY WITH SIMPLICITY
As it is rightly said “Charity begins at home”, so why not start cultivating the attitude towards respecting the environment, teaching the values to our loved one’s by taking some initiative and contributing in some way that could lead to a simplistic and yet luxurious way of living. We as an individual have always dreamt of having our own living paradise within the prime location of the urban areas giving us the most beautiful scenery of the surrounding, a living space that is filled with good views, excellent ventilation, a better environment for work, for leisure time, our daily activity etc. As these things become our necessity, it is important to know how sensible and beautiful one can design the interiors of the given space by making efficient use of the natural resources. A well-designed space for living areas that brings the occupants in close proximity with
A well-designed space for living areas that brings the occupants in close proximity with nature, having windows with a good opening for daylight and ventilation, use of LED lights, BEE star rated products, efficient water fixtures etc. are some of the things that one can plan to have while designing their interiors. Also, while planning for furniture items, emphasis can be given to use more of salvaged materials that nowadays could be modified to enhance the look. Efficient lighting design with the standard requirement in every given space can be a very sensible at the same time adding to the décor of the room. Having potted plants within the living room or in the window balcony can bring a lot of positivity and further improve the bio-diverse culture within the small area. This results in quality of life, increases the productivity and brings positive impact on one’s health.
AWARENESS: REACHING OUT TO THE MASSES
For the betterment of the environment and to uplift the way of living life, it is necessary to put in some conscious effort to change the overall outlook of the urban lifestyle. It needs dedication and discipline on daily basis to upgrade the standard of living in sustainable fashion. Mandatory activities that encourage eco-living within the societies need to be conducted frequently to generate more awareness.
Natives of the local areas should contribute to the well-being of the locality, by monitoring its condition, conducting social programmes, involving all aged group people to participate in activities that strengthen the local environment. The young generation that has access to social media can take charge by posting their opinions about following a sustainable lifestyle over the conventional one’s and how it can bring about a positive change and a different attitude towards the style of living. A minor change can have a huge impact on people towards eco-friendly living and understanding and accepting the need for it. Such efforts can lower the burden on our ecosystems, enrich our biodiversity, and nurture a healthy environment for our future generation. This in return can also help the local authorities to run in smoothly with the support of the people.
TO SET THE SUSTAINABLE TREND:
The conventional living lifestyle has made people dysfunctional. It has reduced our proximity and interaction with nature. The kind of social acceptance in various forms that involves adverse impact on the environment, biodiversity of the region has a profound effect on the health and mental well-being. We need a better upliftment of our society in terms of accepting social changes that do not hamper the environment but to find an alternative to it. In such scenarios, education and awareness are the best tools to communicate the masses. Gradually, it will boost the thought process and help the masses to consciously act towards the better cause of the environment. Together, we can build a healthier lifestyle that has a lot to offer. Hence live a life that is more sustainable, trendy, luxurious and yet simple that costs less and contributes more to the environment.
Author’s bio: Sneha Chavan is founder & partner at ARDRA Green Building Studio.
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