#2 Ensure vehicles are properly maintained and the service is done regularly on-time. The clean air filters will improve the vehicle's mileage which will reduce the fuel consumption further reducing combustion and emission of toxic carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide which are major greenhouse gases. Also, remember to switch off vehicle engine at traffic red-lights.
#3 Avoid using private vehicles and try to find more eco-friendly alternatives. For shorter trips, try walking or cycling on road. It is healthy and it is economical. For longer trips, adopt carpooling or take public transport like metro and buses. 'Avoiding private vehicles can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 63 kg per person per year', said Dr. Harsh Vardhan.
#4 Add air-purifying indoor plants in the house and plant terrace garden. Houseplants like palms, peace lilies, ferns, schefflera, and anthuriums have such air-purifying properties that can curtail harmful toxins like acetone, ammonia, benzene, toluene and xylene. Houseplants also beautify the house along with spreading freshness and reducing the indoor temperature by 5-6 degree Celsius.
#5 Vow to eliminate single-use plastic from your life. 50 per cent of the plastic we use is single-use or disposable plastic which includes disposable spoons, cups, plates, drinking water bottles and more, which are not degradable. Each year, at least 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, which is equivalent to a full garbage truck every minute, posing a threat to the marine life and ecosystem.
#6 With rapid urbanisation, the country is facing massive challenge of waste management. Do not litter and try not to generate garbage. Make more eco-friendly choices while disposing of the waste from homes and offices. Practise waste segregation and bio-composting to reduce the burden of garbage dumping on landfills.
#10 Save energy. The more electricity consumed, spikes up carbon footprints as bulk of the electricity produced is thermal energy generated from fossil fuels. To save electricity keep electric items clean and well maintained. Use LED/solar lights wherever possible it can reduce 278 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions in a year.
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