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Only we can save our environment

education Updated: Dec 07, 2015 19:05 IST

People during the campaign against pollution at India Gate in New Delhi, India.(Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times)

“Sustainable development is the masterful balance of meeting our own needs without jeopardizing the future generation’s ability to do so.”

Sustainability is based on the simple principle that everything that is essential for our survival depends on our natural environment. It creates and maintains an environment wherein humans and nature can co-exist in productive harmony.

Sustainable lifestyle is when one decides to imbibe the values and ideals of this statement in their daily lifestyle. In reality, the greatest threat to the planet is the belief of humans that someone else would save our environment and its diminishing resources and that an individual holds no capability, means or responsibility. The first step in getting rid of these problems is a sustainable lifestyle.

An essential thing that sustainable lifestyle requires us to do is reduce our carbon footprint. This can be brought into practice by using alternative methods of transport, pooling of resources, energy consumption as well as diet. Along with this, other things that can or rather have to be done are efficient use of water, protecting and restoring our forests, biodiversity and natural habitats.

We must encourage active, sociable and meaningful lives to promote good health and well-being both of humans and nature. If the majority of the population takes up sustainable lifestyle as a necessity, then I believe, the day when the past glory of nature is restored will not remain a distant dream and can become a reality.

(The author is a Class 9 student at Birla Vidya Niketan, Pushp Vihar)