On March 24, the Indian Prime Minister has announced a 21-day national lockdown across the country. It takes 21 days to inculcate a new habit, here’s how to make the most of this time to turn into a superhero and save the planet.
The current novel COVI 19 virus situation has driven all of us into work from home mode. And what does that mean? We now have complete control of the situation in which we choose to work. This is a good time to analyse our lifestyle choices and help make a big difference for the planet as well.
Yes, washing your hands at regular intervals – especially before and after meals – with soap is a must. That’s the reason we need to conserve more water than we usually do. Major cities in India are facing a potable water crisis, save as much water as you can. Do not keep the tap running while you rinse your hands. Ensure that water does not leak from the faucet or there’s no drip. If you cannot fix it, let it collect in a bucket and use the same for washing surfaces. Every drop matters.
Whether you are working from home or working on assignments, please make the most of daylight to complete your work instead of using electricity. Pay attention to the electrical consumption of your household and conserve as much electricity as possible. Turn off the fan if it is not too hot and avoid the air-conditioner for as long as you can. LED light bulbs are the best for long-term use.
Recycle and reuse
Owing to the lockdown, garbage collectors may not be able to go about their duties. In such case, recycling and reusing becomes more important than ever. Assign the role of daily garbage sorting to different members of the family and turn it into a treasure hunt to seek out what you can reuse or recycle.
Enough talk, this is the time to make equal participation for the chores around the house. Each member should play their part and not burden only one member with the responsibility of cooking, cleaning and other domestic roles. We are in this together and this is when it matters the most. At the same time, call to check on the staff at your house: cooks, cleaners, drivers and gardeners. Ensure they have enough cash to tide over this crucial time. If you are at the market, avoid hoarding. Call and check on elderly neighbours, to geth them what they need from the market in one visit.
If you have access to a balcony or a terrace, make the most of it. Much needed Vitamin D from the sunlight will keep your bones strong and with proper social distancing, may also keep you sanitized. Morning tea or a hot beverage in the sun can become the new family or a personal routine. Stay hydrated and find reasons to laugh regularly during the day. What’s better? Spread the cheer through your social media handles. We all could use an extra reason to stay positive in the weeks to come.
If you are living alone, do not hesitate to reach out to friends and colleagues, or even us here at Alpaviram, if you feel blue. We are in this together. And together, we can make a very big difference for a better tomorrow.
– Text by Susmita Mukherjee