Earth Day is a global event celebrated annually on April 22 to raise awareness about environmental protection and sustainability.
The day serves as a reminder that we need to take action to preserve our planet for future generations. This year's theme is ‘Invest in Our Planet’, which emphasises the need for everyone to contribute towards creating a more sustainable world.
Goa, known for its pristine beaches and scenic beauty, is a popular tourist destination in India. However, the state is also facing environmental challenges such as pollution, deforestation and waste management, including the proper disposal of food waste.
It is essential that Goans embrace sustainable practices to protect their beautiful state for future generations. One way to do this is by turning hobbies into eco-friendly practices.
THE ECO-FRIENDLY WAY
1. Goans can reduce their food waste by using vegetable scraps and peels as garnishes while cooking. They can also compost food waste to create nutrient-rich soil for their plants.
Composting can help to reduce methane emissions, which are a potent greenhouse gas, and provide a sustainable source of fertiliser for gardens.
2. Gardening can further be turned into an eco-friendly practice by opting for biodegradable pots made from coconut coir, clay or reusing old plastic bags instead of those made from virgin plastic.
Goans can also grow native plants that require less water and support the local ecosystem. Additionally, they can create a rain garden, which is a low-maintenance garden that collects rainwater and reduces runoff.
3. Growing microgreens and herbs on the window grill is a great way to have fresh produce without the need for large spaces.
Microgreens are packed with nutrients and are easy to grow, making them a perfect addition to any kitchen. Herbs such as basil, mint and parsley are also easy to grow and can be used in various recipes.
4. For those who have larger spaces, gardening can be a fulfilling hobby that benefits the environment.
By growing fruits and vegetables, Goans can reduce their carbon footprint by eating locally grown produce. They can also create a pollinator garden, which is a garden designed to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators that play a vital role in maintaining ecosystems.
5. Interior designing is another hobby that can be made eco-friendly by using reusable materials to decorate spaces. For instance, Goans can use reclaimed wood or recycled materials to make furniture or decor items. They can also use energy-efficient lighting and natural ventilation to reduce energy consumption.
Additionally, they can install a green roof, which is a roof covered with vegetation that provides insulation, reduces stormwater runoff, and improves air quality.
6. Brewing kombucha is another eco-friendly hobby that Goans can take up. Kombucha is a fermented tea that is rich in probiotics and is a great alternative to sugary drinks. It is also easy to make at home and requires minimal resources.
7. Goans can also learn to make their own natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda, which are non-toxic and affordable alternatives to commercial cleaning products.
8. Lastly, turning old clothes into doormats is a great way to reduce textile waste. Goans can repurpose old clothes that are no longer wearable by cutting them into strips and braiding them into a doormat.
For readers who may not be familiar with braiding techniques, many online tutorials are available.