We have grown up watching superheroes with huge powers saving the world. We become inspired and imitate their moves hoping that we too can become a superhero someday.
As we grow up the thought of saving the world becomes ‘Unrealistic’. So dreams of saving the world, die in our brains. Very few people act on their ideas and only a tiny group stick to their plan of action until they succeed.
We think saving the world has become way too complex than our brains could comprehend. So we tend not to act upon it at all.
I am promising you that I will teach you to save the world free of cost, regardless of age, wealth or gender and by doing this you can accumulate wealth too.
And yeah, I am not click baiting you!
Having a good knowledge of the problems of the world will help up us devise better solutions.
“The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife. We need to reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exist — if we don’t everyone loses … one day.”-Steve Irwin
They threaten mother Nature in the following ways,
- Air pollution
- Water pollution
- Land pollution
Facts to consider:
According to a report by WHO, Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year.
Every day 2 million tons of sewage, industrial and agricultural wastes are discharged into the world’s water bodies which equals the weight of the entire human population. (6.8 billion)
The garbage we generate each day is enough to fill 63,000 waste removal trucks. And the planet loses 24 billion tonnes of topsoil each year because of land pollution.
We’re busy living our lives. We forget that we have rotten this beautiful land that our ancestral foragers enjoyed
Saving the world
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.-Margaret Mead
We can reduce the destruction of mother nature with one simple yet profound mindset and with our collective effort we can make a change.
STOP CONSUMING MINDLESSLY. It’s that simple.
Let me explain…
The equation of consumerism:
Production will never reduce until customer demands prevail. And the hilarious thing is that these demands aren’t authentic either.Companies create artificial demands through advertisements.
Advertisements portray models wearing stunning clothes which makes us feel as though we’re not enough. It creates a void in us. To fill up this emptiness, we buy stuff. We impulsively buy things, from clothes to electronic devices hoping to fill up this void.
Why is pollution caused?
We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are by famine, warfare and the destruction of our environment-Unknown
“Okay, I accept that we consume. Now how does this hurt the world?”
Let us ask ourselves a few questions to derive the answer
- Why is pollution caused?
It’s because we burn wastes, dump garbage into water bodies and pollute lands with more and more waste.
2. Why is it we burn and dump wastes?
Mostly because it costs less than recycling or processing wastes.
3. Why production of tons and tons of waste happens every year?
We throw a lot of stuff out without completely using it.
4. Why do we throw a lot of stuff without completely using it?
Because we consume mindlessly.
The effect of mindless consumption
It is our collective and individual responsibility … to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live-Dalai Lama
‘Okay, I will stop consuming mindlessly from today, but how do you think will it change the world?’
Studies show that an average person generates around 1600 pounds of waste every year, which is equal to the weight of 73% of a lorry. And this for just a single person.
Multiply it with 1.34 billion (The population of India) which gives you a rough estimate of around 1 trillion pounds of waste every year just for India. Multiply a 6 more billion (Totaling the entire population of the world)to it the resulting count is just UNFATHOMABLE.
Even though this unfathomable amount of garbage doesn’t come out of mindless consumption, most of it does.
The production of these useless goods uses a lot of chemicals. They dump most of the liquid wastes into water bodies.
It emits 30 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce one shoe. On an average, they produce 15 billion shoes and we probably consume most of it mindlessly.
Now consider all the other items, clothing, electronic gadgets, the list could go on and on.
When textile ends up in landfills the chemicals on the clothes, such as the dye, can cause environmental damage by leaching the chemicals into the ground. Fast fashion culture is hurting both the environment and us too.
Every year tons of chemicals are used to manufacture products and they dump them into the seas.
E-wastes pose a grave threat to the environment and the numbers are beyond alarming.
“What about recycling?”
Even though 75% of garbage is recyclable only 30% of it recycled (in the USA).
What to do now?
In a gentle way, you can shake the world-Mahatma Gandhi
“I want to help. Can you guide me?”
I will not promise you that becoming mindful consumers will eliminate every waste on the planet. But it is one part of a much bigger equation.
As companies are adopting ways of producing goods with less pollution, it is our responsibility to take care of mother nature. And mindful consumption is one way out.
With mindful consumption, lesser becomes the demand, which produces a lesser need for producing goods which causes lesser pollution and finally, we can save the world FREE OF COST!
The power of a common man
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher, can change the world-Malala Yousafzai
“What can a single individual do? I can be a mindful consumer, but this won’t change anything”
Let us assume that the world has 100 people in it. You become a mindful consumer today. Let us assume, within 2 months 3 more people adopt mindful consumerism and within a year 12 people become mindful consumers. That’s 12 percent.
12% of 2.01 billion metric tonnes of garbage which equals 254 million metric tonnes. What if over 12% of the world’s population adopted mindful consumption? We could make a phenomenal change than that the world has ever experienced.
Becoming mindful consumers means you have lesser things to worry about and you could save money too.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.-Leo Tolstoy
Steps that you can do to become a mindful consumer right now:
- Create a minimalist wardrobe
- Don’t upgrade to a new phone unless there is some use that you deliberately need
- Don’t throw out clothes, donate them to a charity
- Make a list of things you wish to buy before visiting a shop and buy nothing other than that.
- Become a minimalist
- Start gifting people your time rather than materialistic possessions.
- Quit following fast fashion.
It’s my humble request, start adopting mindful consumption.
There is nothing inherently wrong with consumption. But compulsive consumption is awful.
If you’re already a mindful consumer, hats off man. You have played a huge role in saving the world and for the rest of us let us become mindful consumers at least from now on.
It all starts with each one of us. Together we can save the world. I’m in how about you?