Unseen Passage: Cleaner Environment

Very often, we do not take the first step towards a good cause because we say to ourselves. “The task is so big. What can I do alone?” So nothing gets done. There is much talk about environmental protections, air pollution and saving our forests. Do we really care? If we do, here are a few things we can do to make our surroundings more pleasant.

It is good to adopt a two-uses-attitude! By putting an article to a second use, we are giving it a longer lease of life and using up less raw material from nature. One of the worst things we do is the abuse of paper. The clean sides of envelopes can be used to write small notes, lists and reminders around the house. The more paper we use, the more trees will have to be cut down. For the same reason, we should avoid the use of paper napkins or paper plates. Cloth napkins are just as good, for they can be washed and used over and over again.

The one area which needs the most urgent attention is effective garbage disposal. People who are conscious about it follow rules and laws strictly. As a result, their neighborhoods are clean and beautiful. A lot of people don’t care about the environment because they don’t understand the adverse effect that society has on it. It is important to convince people to care about the environment. The first step would be to convince people to change by providing simple alternative solutions and ways of doing things. The Internet is a powerful tool and a group of like-minded people can be formed on social media. People can share environmental stories and issues as well as pool in solutions and alternatives to educate one another. With the current state that our planet is in, it is imperative that people actively care about the environment and most importantly, act now.

Similarly, each one of us can contribute to a cleaner environment. All kitchen waste should be collected separately. Those who have green fingers can turn this into valuable manure. Dig a pit and put the kitchen waste into it. When the pit is a little over half full, cover it up with mud. Let nature do the rest. Within three or six months, we will have a good garden manure. It can also be done as a community project by digging a large pit in the colony. Do take help of all the members, for nothing succeeds like co-operation.

Q. Based on your understanding of the passage, answer the questions given below :

  1. Why don’t we take the first step towards a good cause ?
  2. What is a two-uses-attitude?
  3. What can we do to avoid the abuse of paper ? (Any two points)
  4. What is the result of an effective way of garbage disposal?
  5. How can the Internet be a powerful tool in spreading environmental awareness ?
  6. How can the making of garden manure be done as a community project?
  7. How long does it take to make good garden manure ?
  8. Select a suitable word from the passage which means – something in a bad and undesirable way. (Para 2)
  9. Pick out the word from the passage which means – completely necessary. (Para 3)

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