Responsible Driving and Care for Mother Earth
Driving holidays gives immense pleasure to enthusiast who love their car and like to drive. Driving through the hinterland, country side, mountains all gives a wonderful feeling of an adventure. But don’t these adventures polluting the untouched and serene beauty of earth. Should we be preserving them?
In the past few years, we witnessed large scale fury of mother earth. Earthquake in Haiti and Christchurch, Tsunami in South East Asia, Earthquake followed by Tsunami in Japan and now Flashflood in Uttarakhand. We still have live memories from flashflood in Ladakh in 2010 and before it could heal through we are witnessing one of worst calamities in Indian history.
So what is happening? Is there some linkage with how we are proceeding with development? Are these Man-Made disasters? While we can debate long on this topic, one thing we must understand that these events of flash flood and natural disaster are partly aggravated by Man-Made factors. Take example of Uttarakhand flood which is being dubbed as Himalayan Tsunami, various environmentalist are of the view that massive unplanned urbanization, widespread and unregulated expansion of giant hyder-electric projects in the region and pollution at various level had an adverse effect on fragile Himalayan ecosystem.
Now the question is can we do something at our end to help improve the situation? Arguments can be given on this being task of govt agencies rather than individuals. But if we do introspection, we can definitely conclude that there is a lot we can do. We can bring discipline into our polluting habits and especially when we are out touring. Here’s how
Things to do while travelling:
– Avoid plastic bags.
– Keep a trash box in your car.
– If your passengers are eating inside car, ask them to put trash into the box. Clean the trash box when you stop at some roadside restaurant or petrol banks.
– Do not throw trash anywhere, they are not always biodegradable.
– Plastics thrown elsewhere are hard to collect and recycle. If you put them at designated places in habitable areas like when you stop for eating/petrol pumps, they can be collected to recycle.
– While visiting your places of interest,