I really was flummoxed about bringing something effective to this bouncer of a topic. (A bouncer in cricket terms is  is a type of ball delivery, usually bowled by a fast bowler. It is pitched short so that it bounces on the pitch well short of the batsman and rears up to chest or head height (or even higher) as it reaches the batsman. The batsman has great trouble handling a bouncer).

I am not a Management guru like my brother who can effectively mentor and change the fortunes of organizations.

I am not like Grannymar who can convert the mundane into the amusing and droll very effectively.

I do not have the varied experiences of Delirious or the cross cultural perspective of Gaelikka.

I do not have the contacts like Paul to bring them ‘effectively’ into the blog nor do I have Conrad’s erudition to effectively talk in context.

I am not like Silver Fox who can turn a phrase so beautifully with great effect.

I am not as young and idealistic like Ashok to effect a transformation or bring closure to a case.

SO! I have written about something that is close to my heart hoping that it will have some effect on somebody, somewhere, sometime. Let’s go GREEN.

A to Z for Going Green

Adopt Something-animal, tree or river.  No dearth of environmental causes.

Bike! Don’t Drive–saves energy, reduces pollution, it’s fun and good for your body!

Change a Bulb–replace standard bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light, save energy.

Donate Surplus—give away anything not used for a year and help a needy person.

Eat Organic—fewer chemicals, better for health and environment.

Feed Birds—they need water and food and are part of the ecological balance.

Grow a Garden—even if only pots for flowers, vegetables and environmental benefits.

Helium Balloons—No to Helium balloons. They harm fish and animals.

I Can Make my world Green—stop people wasting electricity, water, paper, trees.

Join Environmental Groups—focus on an interest. Many hands make much ado.

Keep the Car at Home—cars are the biggest sources of pollution. Walk, bike, train or bus it; at least Car Pool!

Learn About Green—local news and papers can lead you to environmental problems.

Make Scribbling Pads—recycle envelops and one-side printouts into scribbling pads. Keep it in the kitchen to make lists. Near the phone to jot down stuff. Give it to the kids for their scribblings, painting etc.

No to Animal Cruelty—avoid cosmetics and personal-care products tested on animals. Become a vegetarian, at least for a few days of the week!

Observe Three R’s–Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle.  Whatever you buy, wherever you live, do this.

Plant Trees—Celebrate occasions by planting trees and watch it grow. Take pleasure that you put it there for everyone to enjoy!

Quit Smoking—it’s bad for you, for the people around and for the environment.

Recycle—Most stuff, (not plastic) can be recycled.  Compost vegetable peels; reuse magazines as bags, to wrap presents and line shelves.

Reuse Bags—use and wash a canvas, mesh bag, reuse paper/plastic bags many times.

Stop Leaks—drip, drip taps can be your life’s background score. Stop it!

Showers are serious water wasters; if an addict, time your shower.

Turn Off Lights–simple but effective. Mumbai is ‘Turning off Lights for an hour’ in the whole city! Save energy and non-renewable fossil fuel.

Use Recycled Paper–buy recycled toilet paper, towels, napkins, writing paper, books, newspapers- because it helps save trees! 

Vent your feelings, opinions. Write Letters to the Editor, school magazine and blogs.

Walk For Environment—Turtle walks, save petrol walks, fundraiser walks—keep walking.

Xerox minimally—each sheet of paper from a packet of 500 sheets and 19 packets of paper need one tree to be cut down.

You have rights, exercise them—you have rights to clean air, water, safe environment and unspoiled beauties of planet earth. Speak against offenders against a green earth!

Zero tolerance for green guzzlers. You can’t do everything. Choose one or two problems, focus and become a Green Consumer!

This is the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Akanksha, Anu, Ashok, Conrad, DeliriousGaelikaa,  GrannymarMagpie11,  Nema, Noor, Ordinary Joe, Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, and I write on the same topic. Some write, some belong and some comment. Try the different perspectives of the same topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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  1. Delirious says:

    My neighbor gave me a wonderful gift for Christmas. It might sound silly, but I love it. It’s a galvanized composting bucket that I keep by my sink. It is painted a cheery red with a beautiful “seed packet” design on the front. It has a charcoal device in the lid so that it keeps down any smells. As I’m cooking, I can throw my fruit and vegetable peels in it. Then I walk it across the street to my other neighbor’s large composting bin. My goal is to get my own. I tried making one, but it was a flop. So I’m going green in this little way. 🙂


  2. grannymar says:

    Observe Three R’s– AR, BR & RR! Sorry I couldn’t resist it.


  3. rummuser says:

    Grannymar, there is now the GR too! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrh!


  4. blackwatertown says:

    Like your tree image.
    Lots of recycling and reusing out our way.
    My parents were into it before it was fashionable.


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