A Small Step can be a Giant Leap towards a Greener Plane

I love seeing plants grow. Watching my mother plant tiny seeds that outgrow their embryos raised my curiosity. I have a veranda that has become a kind of horticulture lab. We use discarded seeds of vegetables and use the power of regeneration in growing scallions.

When steaming potatoes, the water left behind goes into the soil. The method of plucking goes a long way, too. Aloe vera and curry leaves must be plucked right from the stem, for it to grow again. It is oddly satisfying to see the plants germinate, sprout, bloom and begin to grow.

We have a collection of strawberries, garlic, cilantro, potatoes, tomatoes, chilies, curry leaves and aloe vera. Hailing from South India, having a constant supply of curry leaves and cilantro brought us great relief, as we use a lot of it in our cuisine.  Summer is terrifying, since no one would be around to take care of the plants. The solution – early harvesting.

Why is it imperative to nurture the interest of environmentalism? Because trees are unbelievable! They act as carbon sinks or giant filters that rid the air we breathe of harmful pollutants. According to a study conducted by the US-based Harvard University, the shade that trees provide protects our sensitive skin from rays of the sun, which happen to be one of the main culprits of skin cancer. Using trees, urban heat island effect caused by concrete jungles and human activity has reduced immensely.

Pehchaan India: A Greener Earth
Pehchaan India: A Greener Earth

People of various diversities are united with the presence of this noble creation. Trees can even abate noises almost as effectively as stone walls. They are a natural beauty and act as vital member of the ecosystem.

Since cultivating trees isn’t a viable option for all, growing domestic plants can help the environment slightly. As human beings, responsibility and respect for terra firma is necessary. We must understand the fragility of our environment and the importance of its protection. Promoting awareness of the environment is an easy way to become a catalyst for a naturally healthier world that overcomes environmental pollution.

I would like to suggest to everyone to try gardening and get their hands on some good quality soil and fertilizer. We could bury a full grown vegetable in a pot, which we can later use for future plants. Gardening blogs aid in the process.

Pehchaan India: A Greener Earth
Pehchaan India: A Greener Earth

Additionally, being connected to Nature can increase our lifespan and one can divide chores with one’s family so that everyone is involved in helping the planet in their own little way.

I once read this phrase: ‘Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals – we would probably plant so many trees and probably save the planet, too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.’