60 Years of Indo-German Development Cooperation (2018 | Issue 2)

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What’s Up, Germany’s Survival Kit

Save H2O

Water is a precious resource. Nearly 70 percent of our earth is made up of it, but only a fraction can be used. Add a skyrocketing population to the equation and we’re looking at two-thirds of the world’s population facing water shortages by 2025! So, take shorter showers, don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth and wash your veggies in a pan instead of under a running tap.

In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Getting so many countries on board was a huge achievement in itself! At the heart of the agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to end poverty, ensure education and protect the environment, among others, by 2030. Governments are working towards achieving them, but we must also do our bit. If everyone—you, your family and friends, your school and city—took small positive steps, a lot can improve. If millions of people around the world made even a tiny change, that’s a lot of progress! What’s Up, Germany? has thought of ten simple things you can do to make the world a better place.

Conserve Energy

Go for energy-efficient electrical appliances. Look out for a higher star rating on air-conditioners, fridges, geysers  and washing machines. And switch to LED bulbs, which last much longer than conventional bulbs. This will lower your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Go Electric!

If you’re planning to buy a new vehicle, go for an electric car. Not only do they reduce emissions, they are cheaper to run and maintain, so you’ll end up saving money. An even better option: Leave your car at home and take the metro!

Throw a Tree Party!

Yes, you read right: a tree party, not a tea party! Get your friends and family together to plant trees in a local park or a private garden. Make sure to get permission if you’re going to a public place. You could even make it a tree tea party!

Don’t Rubbish It!

Our government has come out with the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” campaign to get garbage off our streets and provide toilets across the country. NGOs like Waste Warriors and The Ugly Indian are also working towards a clean India. Join the movement. Don’t litter! Not even a small piece of paper. It all adds to the mess.

Shop Local

Buy organic produce from local markets. That way you’ll support regional agriculture and dramatically cut down on carbon emissions caused by food shipments. It will also help reduce environment-harming pesticides.

Volunteer at an NGO

There are many NGOs doing lots of great things! Just choose what interests you the most and find an NGO that’s doing your kind of work. Any amount of time you can give—no matter how little—makes a difference. So, get out there! Feed children, donate books or teach a subject you’re good at.

Separate Waste

Keep different bins for dry and wet waste in your kitchen. Simple waste management steps can help reduce the amount of garbage in our landfills and encourage recycling. This will lower air and water pollution and save space. Time to get acquainted with your dustbin!

In September 2015, 193 countries adopted the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Getting so many countries on board was a huge achievement in itself! At the heart of the agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which seek to end poverty, ensure education and protect the environment, among others, by 2030. Governments are working towards achieving them, but we must also do our bit. If everyone—you, your family and friends, your school and city—took small positive steps, a lot can improve. If millions of people around the world made even a tiny change, that’s a lot of progress! What’s Up, Germany? has thought of ten simple things you can do to make the world a better place.

Save H2O

Water is a precious resource. Nearly 70 percent of our earth is made up of it, but only a fraction can be used. Add a skyrocketing population to the equation and we’re looking at two-thirds of the world’s population facing water shortages by 2025! So, take shorter showers, don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth and wash your veggies in a pan instead of under a running tap.

Go Electric!

If you’re planning to buy a new vehicle, go for an electric car. Not only do they reduce emissions, they are cheaper to run and maintain, so you’ll end up saving money. An even better option: Leave your car at home and take the metro!

Shop Local

Buy organic produce from local markets. That way you’ll support regional agriculture and dramatically cut down on carbon emissions caused by food shipments. It will also help reduce environment-harming pesticides.

Be Heard

Speak out on issues you feel strongly about. Write a blog, create a neighbourhood WhatsApp group to address local issues, start a petition, attend an open mic night and share your cool poem on the girl child or the environment. Go for it! Express yourself!

Throw a Tree Party!

Yes, you read right: a tree party, not a tea party! Get your friends and family together to plant trees in a local park or a private garden. Make sure to get permission if you’re going to a public place. You could even make it a tree tea party!

Volunteer at an NGO

There are many NGOs doing lots of great things! Just choose what interests you the most and find an NGO that’s doing your kind of work. Any amount of time you can give—no matter how little—makes a difference. So, get out there! Feed children, donate books or teach a subject you’re good at.

Conserve Energy

Go for energy-efficient electrical appliances. Look out for a higher star rating on air-conditioners, fridges, geysers  and washing machines. And switch to LED bulbs, which last much longer than conventional bulbs. This will lower your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

Don’t Rubbish It!

Our government has come out with the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” campaign to get garbage off our streets and provide toilets across the country. NGOs like Waste Warriors and The Ugly Indian are also working towards a clean India. Join the movement. Don’t litter! Not even a small piece of paper. It all adds to the mess.

Separate Waste

Keep different bins for dry and wet waste in your kitchen. Simple waste management steps can help reduce the amount of garbage in our landfills and encourage recycling. This will lower air and water pollution and save space. Time to get acquainted with your dustbin!

Say No to Plastic

Stay away from plastic bottles and bags. Around one million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute! Do your bit to fight this evil. Don’t buy bottled water; invest in a good water filter instead. Take your own reusable bag whenever you go shopping. Every little step counts!