Mention environmental conservation and what rings in the minds of most people is the government, environmental conservation bodies, and large corporations. That it is their responsibility to conserve the environment. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, this is the reason global environmental conservation efforts are dismal. Only a handful of environmentally conscious individuals participate, as the rest sit back and leave the fight to its “owners.”
The point that eludes subscribers to this hands-off approach is that the fight does not need grand ideas. On the contrary, they simply need to tweak their lifestyles slightly, both at home and at work. The resultant impact would be adequate to take environmental conservation efforts a notch higher.
Governments and corporations would have little else left to do. To make this seemingly distant dream a reality, here are a few minor adjustments individuals can make.
A Simple Lifestyle Change
Every one desires a cozy life. How they achieve it is the distinguishing factor between environmentally conscious people and the rest. If, for example, people use lights and heating/cooling systems only when absolutely necessary, the resultant impact will be massive.
Also, if everyone goes for toilets with separate flushing systems for short and long calls so that short calls consume less water, the pressure on water resources will decrease tremendously. Simple as these ideas sound, they are the real deal. True wisdom is never complex.
Responsible Resource Exploitation
Another vicious enemy of environmental conservation is greed. People exhibit appalling levels of the vice. This is evident in how we use resources. Individuals and organizations knowingly exploit resources beyond their regenerative capacity.
As a result, forests are disappearing at alarming rates, fish resources are dwindling, and rivers are drying up. Yet, all we need to guarantee sustainability are simply brief periods of non-exploitation to encourage regeneration.
It is easy to imagine that “others” are the problem, but this behavior is very much alive in our homes. We fill our houses with things we think we need only to throw most of them away later on. The tragic part of this tendency is that as a few individuals hoard more than they need, the majority are left without. Out of desperation, they resort to environmentally harmful practices.
If everyone kept only what they need, as the world’s “primitive” societies do, environmental degradation trends would reverse in no time. Easy, right?
A Change of Mentality
The mother of all these adjustments is a change of mentality. Most people believe that they can do whatever they please with the resources at their disposal. In fact, this is the reason behind the innumerable conflicts around the world.
People blame one another for a wrong done here and another one there, but without taking the requisite action to rectify the mistake. The wrongdoers, for their part, cite sovereignty and self-determinism as reasons to defend their misdeeds. If everyone stopped for a moment and looked at Mother Earth as the only home for all humanity, I am sure they would do what it takes to save it.
The ongoing blame game has created a tension-filled world where the noblest of ideas are regarded with suspicion and skepticism because of their origins. If efforts like those that go into preventing a full-scale global nuclear war were replicated in the fight against environmental degradation, Mother Earth’s sustainability would be restored in a few decades.
Organizations and governments also need to desist from the cheap PR campaigns they disguise as conservation initiatives. If the motive is to make a profit, the effort should be rightly branded as a marketing campaign and divorced from environmental conservation.
Although not exhaustive, these suggestions demonstrate how easy environmental conservation can be for individuals. It doesn’t have to be hard; it has never been. Essentially, everyone simply needs to take responsibility for their immediate surroundings.
We would then work both individually and collectively to ensure that nothing goes to waste. This is exactly what Mother Earth needs currently.
Don’t wait to see your neighbor go first. Most likely, that neighbor is also waiting to see you take the first step. Take the first step and see the difference it makes.