This interview is a part of the World Environment Day 2020 Interview Series. We welcome views from environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders on present environmental challenges and request their innovative ideas to find sustainable solutions to solve them.
Name: Pooja Nagdev
ST: According to you what is the biggest environmental threat in the world at present?
Pooja:We cannot separate ourselves from the environment as we rely on it strongly. Globalisation and wasteful consumption and hoarding of goods is something that is threatening the world at this point. Excessive materialism is bad. People are hoarding things that they do not need. With increase in demand there are more natural ingredients that are needed to produce them. There is ignorance about the removal of scrap and waste. Use of plastic bags is minimised but what about plastics in food items other packaging that is put in the garbage without any recycling. Our rivers and seas have become polluted with the waste that is mindlessly dumped in them. It’s a vicious cycle. We are doers of creating this waste that leads to water and air pollution. Another big dilemma is today cutting of trees and removal of agricultural land to build housing societies or buildings. When we lose forests our soil becomes depleted.
ST: What do you think a common person can do to help the environment?
Pooja: We all can go more towards nature, avoid processed food, carbonated drinks to reduce waste. Be mindful of your needs and purchases. The goods should not be bought for hoarding but consumption. It’s essential to unclutter and be mindful of the waste management. When each one of us will work like this then only environment and it’s people, animals and plants will benefit.
ST: What is the significance of ‘World Environment Day’ at the present time?
Pooja:Quality of our lives will begin and end with our soil. What’s goes around turns around. It’s the actions of the past generation that we facing the consequences today and today what we do future will reaping the same.
Being aware that the important resources that we have been gifted with our air, water and nature to preserve them and care for them.
Encourage recycling and reusing of goods. Do not purchase things that are not needed. Take care of garbage removal. Always take out your stuff for recycling separately. Water is also very precious. While some of have it flowing in our taps there are many in the world who do not have clean drinking water. Please do not waste it. Reuse and Recycle.
World Environment Day is very significant. Today plant a tree, spend time in nature and celebrate nature. It’s time to say Happy Birthday Mother Earth and Thanks for being there. Start at your home organic farming and refrain from processed and go with natural.
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