“We take so much from society, we must return.”, by The CONFERENCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (INDIA) (Regd).
Theoretically we all agree but how many of us actually do something about it? So here are a few simple ways in which you can contribute to your society without really carving out a lot of time, compromising on your social engagements, least of all spending any money.
Plant a Tree: Once a week / month plan a tree. If possible plant a tree with a kid in or around your house.
You get a break from your digital life and it helps you destress.
Society gets a child who knows the value / fun behind planting a tree.
Planet earth gets a much needed tree (we can't have enough).
Donate old Clothes and Toys: Thanks to Netflix we all know about Marie and her Netflix original “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. But what to do with all the clothes? Donate
You enjoy all the benefits highlighted by Marie Kondo (I need not reiterate).
Someone (kid or an adult) gets some clean clothes.
You increase the life of these clothes and toys.
Landfills get a break.
Teach an underprivileged Kid: Spend 1 hour every weekend helping kids of your house staff or kids of staff around your house.
Yet again you get a break from your digital life and it helps you destress.
Small help goes a long way for these kids as they can't afford expensive after school extra classes.
Not only will your staff respect you more, if you have kids you are teaching them a valuable lesson of being empathetic.
Teach 10 underprivileged individuals about hygiene: We alone can not make our society safe to live, it's a collective effort. And we are as strong as our weakest link. COVID has really highlighted the gap in understanding of the importance of basic hygiene in our underprivileged society.
Being considerate and respecting the environment, Nature and Mother Earth: Small changes in our everyday life can have a big impact. So be mindful of the choices we make and what impact it has on our environment and hence the society.
Saving Water & Electricity
Avoid the use of plastic / polythenes
Not cutting trees... planting trees
Keeping our rivers clean
Using public transport
Segregation of garbage
This article is inspired by the work done by Mrs. Nanita Sharma, a practicing lawyer since 1988 and an Advocate-On-Record in the Hon’ble Supreme Court (India) via her NGO The CONFERENCE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (INDIA). (REGD)
She has taken up environmental issues and many social causes and filed Public Interest Litigations to represent weaker sections of society. She has held classes on ‘value education’ for children for many years in order to inculcate values in the children and revive our rich culture.
These classes included cleanliness drives teaching of Sanskrit Slokas, enacting skits based on moral values and stories from religious scriptures, organizing cultural programmes, collection of toys and clothes for the underprivileged and education for the underprivileged.
You can know more about this NGO at www.conferenceforhumanrights.org