There can not be something wiser than- Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. This is something which applies to each one of us in all possible ways. We all know what we want and have enough knowledge sources to know more about it, but knowing it does not help in achieving it. We must apply whatever knowledge that we may have learned to be able to make it worthwhile. Even if we talk about saving our surroundings, Knowing is not enough, we must reduce waste, and we must save our environment.
Just because we want to do something or have the intent to do something, doesn’t get it done, right?
Many of us have intentions of doing (a lot of) things. But to make them happen, we have to be willing TO DO things. Just because we want to save our environment and reduce waste, it won’t happen just like that. Like von Goethe once said- “Knowing is not enough, willingness is not enough; we must APPLY, we must DO. We must put our steps forward and take (at least) the basic steps.
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What Happens to Our Trash?
The book will take you on a journey through landfills, recycling plants and compost piles to learn what happens to our trash! Every book in this Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series is worth it and the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Prize for Outstanding Science Series. It is said that each person in the US makes almost five pounds of trash every day which is more than people make in any other country.
So, what happens to that trash? How can we stop throwing so much stuff away?
It’s all covered in this book, the book introduces basic science concepts to young children and helps satisfy their ever-burning curiosity. With clear, simple prose, it explains how kids can reduce, reuse and recycle their courier boxes, cans, plastic bottles and many other items usually considered garbage, the kid-friendly illustrations bring these lessons to life.
Understanding and Reducing our Waste
What we know. When it comes to managing waste, most of us know the basics of separating our recyclables from general waste. It is a good practice to segregate our kitchen waste, and general waste and put them out in separate bins. For that, we must understand the waste we as an individual are generating. Once we understand the type of waste we generate, we can follow the waste hierarchy.
What we must apply. If We understand our waste, we may apply an ideal waste hierarchy from the most desirable (reduction) to the least desirable (disposal). It should be something like the picture below. Though I believe we could also add one more category to AVOID. There is nothing better than avoiding buying something which you may not use. It may save you some bucks and space in your house
Unfortunately, many towns and cities in India are still not able to follow the waste hierarchy. The only option used is disposal. Much of the waste we generate is never collected (it is either dumped or burned). And even where it is collected, most of it is taken to a landfill, which has no means of controlling the pollution from that site.
A lot of us know the basics of REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE, and a lot of us are willing to do something too. However, way fewer of us stop to think about where our waste is going and what is the impact of our waste on our environment. Knowing is not enough we must reduce our waste and save our environment.