“More people now realise the importance of a healthy environment and this is seen in the new age practices such as rain water harvesting which are actively included in construction plans of buildings. While the world is using up natural resources at a great pace, all is not lost and there are people that are talking about leading a healthy lifestyle to aid the environment”, says Rupali Naik & Satish Naik; A design studio
Global Waste and Climate Action is the UN theme for Earth Day 2020? Can gender equality play a role?
As the saying goes when you educate a man, you educate only him but educate a woman and you educate a family. In the times that we live in, it is important to make sure that women are made an integral part of planning and processes in every field to ensure there is enough sensitivity towards sustainability and environment friendly initiatives. Right from the home environment, a woman influences in the role of a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister. Even in the world outside the home women have a stronghold in the roles of entrepreneurs, political leaders, professionals and influencers. When gender equality is made important in the society, it leads to a better level of awareness and can help in furthering the cause of sustainability with renewed force.
Air quality, pollution and life styles be when we are out of COVID-19?
While we are battling a great disease collectively on a planetary scale, one of the biggest positive outcome of the entire situation is that the earth got the breather that it always deserved. We were polluting the earth far more than we should have been because of our lifestyle habits. While it is expected that people will behave more responsibly and try to cut down on the carbon footprint, the truth is that our personal need for survival will have an upper hand.
More people will choose to use alternatives like personal vehicles to make sure that social distancing is enabled which is something that will put pressure on the air pollution levels. People will also make more use of water to keep their hands and body clean and this will add to greater wastage of water in a lot of cases. It is also expected that the use of disposables such as masks, gloves, plastic spoons, plates and other such alternatives will increase. In such times, it is important to make sure that while personal safety is maintained, people are also aware about how to work in tandem with sustainability to be able to keep the environment safe, not just in India but all across the globe.
Do you think ‘Indoor Gardening’ will again come back – post COVID-19?
Even though people may have started home gardening as a quarantine hobby, when positive results are seen more people are likely to stick to the activity and keep planting. Among the plusses of the hobby, it is possible to ensure that the environment is kept clean by planting more foliage, it is also seen that the plants can have a positive effect on the health of the people that carry out the planting as well as those that live close to the vegetation. Instead of looking at plants as being favourable to the environment it is important to see them as tools to improve one’s own life and this is an activity that should be encouraged on a personal level. The aesthetic beauty of a home can also be improved with the use of home gardens and indoor plants.
What has lockdown taught us?
The list of things that the COVID-19 situation has taught us is enormous – right from exploring our own personal skills to being able to manage within limited means, the lockdown has taught us a great deal. Being an optimist, I would like to believe that people will start being more tolerant and sensitive towards the needs and requirements of others around them. It is likely that a lot of people will be able to work on mental and emotional health issues and emerge as physically and mentally healthier individuals. There will hopefully be more people that may have recognized their true calling in life and will work towards achieving their dreams after the lockdown is lifted. One of the most important lessons that can be taken away from the COVID-19 lockdown is that we are the creators of our own happiness and contentment. All that we truly need is always at arm’s length and all that we need to do is find it and reach it to achieve our goal.