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.
biggest environmental threat in the world at present?
Sanya: The biggest environment threat in the world is our carbon
footprint. It has been linked to various hazards and countless number of
organisations have spent their time and efforts bringing about the required
awareness. Unfortunately today, as climate change becomes increasingly
alarming, it is obvious that we have all been guilty of just lip service and
not doing enough to reduce our consumption and improve Energy Efficiency while
we must consume.
think a common person can do to help the environment?
Sanya: It isn’t rocket science, it just requires us to be conscious of
our actions. There are so many things one can do – At the micro level, Switch
off lights and fans when not in use, drive less, choose to walk or bike
instead, unplug devices not in use, shop locally, and plant a garden, to name a
few. At the Macro level, find and use more efficient methods. Every little step
that we take to reduce our footprint will ultimately make a difference in the
fight to protect the environment.
present and future generations?
Sanya: Do not over-indulge, consume only what is required. I think it is
time we are held responsible for our actions. Next time you see someone
engaging in an activity that endangers the environment, call them out. Help
them change and adopt healthier, safer lifestyles. We’re all in this together,
our actions today will determine what our tomorrow will look like. Let’s make
sure we have a tomorrow to begin with.
‘World Environment Day’ at the present time?
Sanya: It’s more than just a CSR item to tick off. It is a reminder to
check our actions and determine the best course of action to move forward. We
can’t do away with fuel, for example, it is required for energy. What we, at
Humsafar do, is promote door delivery to prevent 10 sets of people coming to
petrol bunks. We aim to bring about a change in the habit and let one vehicle
deliver to those 10 sets. Therefore, we encourage fewer trips to the petrol
stations, urge customers to only consume and order fuel when required. We
ensure fuel is transported in the safest manner possible in as few trips as
possible, reducing carbon footprint.