World Earth Day 2017: Conserving natural resources

What is World Earth Day 2017 and why is it celebrated?

On January 28, 1969, a drilling-induced crack in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million tonnes of crude oil into the water. This oil spill event led to ecological imbalance and became the cause of widespread anger and frustration among the Americans. One year later, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered across the country to raise awareness for environmental issues – World Earth Day was born. The chief architect for the environmental movement was the former US senator Gaylord Nelson.

Does the above-mentioned event bring back the morbid memories of Bhopal gas tragedy? To me, it does! Technology has made it convenient for us to live, work and interact but it has its own problems too! History testifies that Technology has adversely affected the Mother Earth. This is visible in the form of climate change in the following ways:

  • Global Warming
  • Rising Sea levels
  • Melting glaciers
  • Increased Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Increasing carbon footprint
  • Unpredictable rains and weather patterns
  • Drying up wetlands (Read our post on World Wetlands day)
  • Lower agricultural yields

To take cognizance of the symptoms of Climate change, the global leaders had declared their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) at the UNFCCC Paris conference in December 2015. India made its intentions clear and its INDC’s were considered ambitious and inspiring for the other developed and developing nation.

World Earth Day 2017: India's committment to Paris Agreement on Climate Change was warmly welcomed by the International community. The ambitious targets were appreciated on the global font
India’s commitment to Paris Agreement on Climate Change was warmly welcomed by the International community. The ambitious targets were appreciated on the global front

Though India was forthcoming in adopting new technologies and phase out the ones that increase carbon footprint but other countries that are responsible for much of the Greenhouse gas emissions were not found as inspired as India.

World Earth Day 2017: BnBNation Comparison between India, China, USA and EU's commitments to tackle climate change.
Comparison between India, China, USA and EU’s commitments to tackle climate change.

How can we save our Mother Earth?

This year, India celebrated the World Earth day with the theme, ‘Environment and Climate Literacy’. So, the question is how can you and I save the Mother Earth. I understand that summers are already here and you’ll be heading to a hill station to relax. However, there are reports of unsustainable tourism practices in the Himalayan states by tourists like us. We pollute the environment, litter in the open, defecate in the open, use plastic bags to dispose of the garbage etc. These are highly undesirable practices and must be discouraged by everyone who witnesses such activities.

World Earth Day 2017: Ladakh has picturesque sites in store that are facing the brunt of unsustainable tourist practices
Ladakh has picturesque sites that are facing the brunt of unsustainable tourist practices

In the months of October, one would like to visit the beaches of Goa and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Over there, there has been widespread coral bleaching and poor quality of sea water. Much of the sorry state of affairs can be attributed to unsustainable tourism practices.

World Earth Day 2017: Unsustainable practices put an undue burden on the limited resources of a tourist destination.
Unsustainable practices put an undue burden on the limited resources of a tourist destination.

How can you contribute to World Earth Day 2017?

In line with the ethos of World Earth Day and with a view to conserve Earth’s limited natural resources, let us resolve to do the following:

  • Plant a tree sapling
  • Use local transport and stay in a local arrangement as much as possible. This could mean living in a hut or a nature resort. I am sure your initial uneasiness would give way to pleasure once you learn the way to live. This helps you reduce your carbon footprint and put minimal pressure on the limited resources of a tourist destination.
  • Car pool to office with your neighbours/colleagues
  • Recycle old materials and reuse them
  • Stop using plastic bags

Is BnBNation heping conserve natural resources in line with World Earth Day 2017?

We aggregate Bed and Breakfast/Homestay rooms that are not only economical and value for money but also not a burden on the city’s limited carrying capacity. This is because, unlike a hotel which has scores of hotel rooms and each room is accompanied by lights, fans, AC, Heater cooler etc. Just imagine the huge consumption of electricity, water, oil each night! This leads to the considerable burden on the limited carrying capacity and exploitation of natural resources.

World Earth Day 2017: BnBNation's cherry-picked Bed and Breakfast units consume a fraction of energy resources compared to a hotel.
BnBNation’s cherry-picked Bed and Breakfast units consume a fraction of energy resources compared to a hotel.

On the other hand, Homestays consume much fewer resources like water and electricity because the material resources are being tapped. Due to its USP, Bed and Breakfast rooms bring people closer to each other and foster cultural exchange among from different parts of the Mother Earth. (Here are other reasons why Bed and Breakfasts are better than a hotel)

Isn’t Bed and Breakfast the responsible way to stay?

I have shared with you the history and significance of World Earth Day 2017 and hope that you would follow the required steps to live and travel in a sustainable and responsible manner!

10 thoughts on “World Earth Day 2017: Conserving natural resources”

  1. People should definitely check this piece out and see what countries are planning already especially India I see here is thinking alot about the global warming and people of India should know that their govt is doing! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  2. I remember traveling to India last year in November and at landing in New Delhi, what I thought it was fog it was actually a high level of pollution. We should be more careful and take care of our Earth as we only have one. There are towns in the world that have banned plastic bans completely, they have done the first steps into actually doing something for the environment.

  3. Yup, Global warming is really an issue now and I think having an “Earth Day” would help alleviate its effect, even in a small scale. People should be informed about the drastic effects of Global Warming! Nice read.

  4. Although there is Earth Day, it is better if we strive to do actions that will help preserve the environment everyday. Thanks for sharing about World Earth Day!

  5. The world that we are living in is our home and if each and every individual living here treats it thus, we can hold on to this precious gift. I think it is time to put all efforts in ensuring that fast slide towards the annihilation of the earth as we know is arrested. All stakeholders including countries/governments, NGO’s and individuals need to partner and do their bit.

  6. We should all be responsible human beings for the future generation to have a greener future. I personally recycle old stuff or just walk when I’m going somewhere else, small things can make a great impact on mother earth. Xx

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