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Recycle - Reduce - Reuse - It's That Simple

9 October, 2017

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Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young, said Henry Ford. Fauja Singh, aged 106 is the oldest marathon runner based out of the United Kingdom while elsewhere Anežka, a 90-Year-Old Czech grandma turns a small village into her art gallery by hand-painting flowers on its houses. J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, "Lord of the Rings” when he was 62.

There are many more examples like this that can serve as an inspiration to seniors across the world. In India, there are many such opportunities that older people can look at adopting. Here is one such activity that you can explore to keep you young, and add life to your years. After all, October is the Month to honour Gandhiji - Be the Change You Wish To See!

Champion the Cause of Swacch Bharat

The PM of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, has called upon the countrymen to participate in the Swacch Bharat campaign to create a Clean India in honor of the Father of our Nation, Bapuji. Seniors can act as ambassadors for this cause through various activities of their choices. They could create awareness and drive youngsters to take up the cause through various forms of art like painting, sculpture, singing, drama, and many more areas they are good at. They can set examples, provide motivational challenges and gather momentum in their own residential areas to drive the change that they wish to see.

Own Your Clean Green Neighborhood

Festivals are a time in India when we rejoice, celebrate but also litter. Here's how you can make a difference:

  • Ensure all melas and stalls in your complex or area are BYOP - Bring Your Own Plate. In local areas, it is not very difficult to carry a plate or box from home to pack the food and enjoy then and there or back at home.
  • Make sure adequate dustbins are available for disposal of waste. Mark them as wet waste or dry waste.
  • Implement on-the-spot fines for those who litter the neighbourhood. The money can go into an emergency medical care fund for local helpers. 
  • Ask children to make artistic and impactful awareness posters about the need for a Clean, Green India.
  • Recycle - Reduce - Reuse - make this a mantra for everything you do.

While the younger crowd may give excuses of a time crunch, seniors can actually utilize their time more productively by being a part of this movement. It will also provide a sense of belonging and achievement. Since this project is something that is dear to the heart of our Prime Minister, the pictures can be shared or tweeted to him and he may well compliment the efforts too. A letter of appreciation from the Prime Minister for taking up a much-needed cause can provide a boost to your life and put a smile on your face. Get your name included in those lists that prove to the world that the age is just a number. Let the family, the neighborhood, the society and the country see and feel the power of old age. Cleaning a vast country like India is not an easy task. Perhaps, your efforts could prove to be the turning point that inspires many others of the same age to do so in their own vicinities.

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