Welcome to the New Year! Another year gone, another new one is here.
Most of us try to begin the New Year with a resolution or a promise made to ourselves in order to set a goal, which we try follow and achieve. We begin on a positive note, with full zest to pursue it throughout the year but for most of us, honestly, it all fizzles out! The key is to set realistic goals and not ones out of our reach.
Usually, my day begins with a morning walk at the park, inhaling lots of fresh air. In order to get to the park, I have to cross the main road, which not only consists of rubbish scattered along the ever- so- useful cycle path but also the stench of urine and the stink from drains which does wonders to awaken my senses!
Clearly, our Waste Management efforts have failed. Authorities need to take a more pragmatic approach to make suitable and practical provisions so most of us would be able to ensue the matter. It needs to be reinforced that this civic issue is a major health issue as well as an environmental issue. It does not do anyone any good smelling fumes emanating from rotten goods.
We can all begin at home by getting a Home Composter, a smart bin that converts house- hold waste into ready to use, homemade fertilizer. This even prevents waste ending up in unsegregated landfill mountains 80 feet high.
Traffic on the roads has escalated during the past few years. The long commute has become a part of our everyday life. This hour or 45 minutes of our time is now planned in such a way that it doesn’t get wasted so we check our mails, return phone calls and plan our day in the car.
The increase in traffic is evident as the noise level or noise pollution has also gone up drastically. We don’t need to set an alarm nowadays. The noise of the traffic is our alarm, indicating that it’s time to wake up. As for our civilized heavy vehicle drivers, it’s morning at 2am sometimes!
However, there has been some respite where traffic issues are concerned. We still have our Rickshaws and Autos but added to that we have our E- rickshaws now. Of course, the good- old Metro has done wonders to change many people’s daily lives.
Imagine if public transport didn’t exist? What would happen then?
We would have more cars and bikes. Our mobility would be restricted to an extent where would have to choose jobs which would allow us the easiest commute and not a job, which we find challenging or fulfilling.
As any year, there are some negative issues that need attention and some positive notes which we can be taken advantage of. If we work together, think alike and educate ourselves, our families and home- helps, I think we can overcome the adverse matters. Wishing you all a Very Happy 2019!