3 Unusual Actions to Reduce Climate Change

We’re all subtly aware of what climate change is, why it happens and it’s repercussions.

After all, we’ve spent our most of the school days discussing them. Be it writing essays, listening to speeches, competing in debates or advocating the rising global temperature in some way.

But could all these discussions actually instil some sensitivity in us? Or just got spoken about and moved on with?

India is a huge country, with more than a billion people currently, they say.  Every sixth person in the world is an Indian.  With such a vast representation and power, comes the need of being responsible.


Because we’re not only one of the most populated nations, but also one of the most vulnerable countries to climate changeBelieve it or not, climate change is personally affecting us.

How? Rising sea level and extreme weather events lead to like population displacement and pollution around you.

Also, increasing local temperatures can cause heat-related cardiopulmonary illnesses,  stress and something as severe as mental health consequences.

And we don’t always see that coming.  What can be a better example than Kerala floods?

But after reading and already knowing most of this, what should we actually do? Go ahead to see some options.

1. Vote

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All the levels of the government consist of people who make significant decisions for the nation, all of which conclusively come down to climate and Earth.

It’s pivotal for any individual to realise the need to vote, and why they shouldn’t refrain from it.

The youth of the nation are observed to keep the privilege of voting rights as an option. We need to understand that the future generations would look upon our actions to take theirs.

The authority that lies in the hands of the government is surprisingly unparalleled and we need a voice that takes ownership of its people.

One less vote gives one more chance to the wrong leader, remember that.

2. Choose one cause and go for it

In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.”

– David Suzuki

The statement says it all. To begin with being a good leader, we need to become good enough in the beginning.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals enlist all the major world issues, where we stand against them and what we can do about it.

Just sitting and thinking never helps, but educating yourself about them may bring forward something that relates to you. Something that nerves you to do something about the cause you relate to.

Be it freedom from pollution or conservation of nature, empathise with one goal and go for it!

3. Study, advocate climate and spread some sense

Yes, this can be considered an unusual action, since it’s rare to find people who’re generously thinking about climate change and doing something about it.

Be one of those rare people.

By advocating we mean becoming a story and sharing it. Leading by example.

Having information is never bad. Connect to people with different notions and evaluate yourself.

Challenge and dream big for a safer India, healthier India.

India is in a serious state of climatic depression and one part of the country has already begun to face the consequences.

Let’s become accountable and showcase the responsible citizenship within us.

If this article made sense to you, you can know more about how you can contribute to global climate change with AIESEC here.

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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s traveling!

3 Simple Ways You Can Help Kerala

Kerala is a beautiful state in the south of India, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. However, the paradisiac region is currently under red alert due to severe flooding, as a result of the unexpected high rainfall during Monsoon 2018.

Monsoon in Southern India usually kills hundreds of lives annually, Kerala usually being the most affected region. But this year brought the worst floods since 1924.

Considered as a ‘calamity of severe nature’, clogged rivers and deforestation are being regarded as the major reasons for the intensive devastation of the state.

The floods started mid-June and hit 12 of the 14 districts of Kerala. So far, the estimated damage they created revolves around 20,000 Crores!

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The death toll is on a constant rise and it breaks our heart to mention these statistics.

But we’re not here only to discuss the problem.

We’re the youth that builds a nation, and the youth that saves it.

We need to accept the fact that it’s our actions that influence our Mother Nature to respond to them. Our daily habits collectively define the attitude of a generation. And it’s about time that we become a good one, a responsible one.

In moments like these, when a calamity hits hard, we must stick together as Team India, as the leaders who care.

It’s time to become a human and focus on the solutions.

Here are 3 ways you can turn your empathy into tangible help for the people who desperately need it, in Kerala.

1. Make a monetary donation to the Government of Kerala

The Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund by Government of Kerala is an online portal wherein virtual transactions can be made directly to the state.

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The portal shows the real yet deadly situation of the state, promises transparency of the usage of funds and mentions links to more Payment Gateway options for the donation in detail.

2. Donate things that can matter to them

What you might not really need right now is what they might need to survive. Any contribution matters when people are struggling to live.

The network of AIESEC India is currently facilitating donations of clothes, essentials, food and other crucial items which may mean the world to the people who’re suffering.

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Our donation points are present in 25+ cities throughout the nation. You can get in touch with the offices by finding their contact information here.

3. Spread the word and encourage others

Be empathetic and spread awareness about the issue. The likelihood of someone to take an action is higher when a close one approaches them, anytime, over reading texts.

Every benefaction matters, since unconditional help will always find its way to return to you in a good way.

The world, and currently, the God’s own country, needs more people who are kind and who wish to do some good. We can make our existence useful and meaningful by helping.


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A healthy, aware and accountable youth defines a similar nation.

This is one of the reasons why United Nations laid down Sustainable Development Goals, for a world that breathes well!

Hence, we as the citizens, or rather the nation builders, need to constantly educate ourselves on how our little behaviours or actions are impacting the earth. Only by that we’ll stop doing what we shouldn’t and start doing what the hour demands.

To everyone in Kerala, we are with you!


If you wish to have a hands-on experience in helping people, you may like to know more about our volunteer opportunities.

You can teach kids, contribute to an environmental issue or even help an NGO to raise funds. Learn more about it at aiesec.in.

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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s traveling!

When will the world wake up to freedom —from pollution?

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… These are one and the same fight.

We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

– Ban Ki-moon

We cannot deny the fact that our environment is subject to constant change.

With the change of conditions, it is necessary to become more aware of the tremendous problems encircling our habitat. And as inhabitants of this planet, we have to be aware of the various types of environmental issues that the world is defying. Pollution and global warming, for instance, are some major issue today and they have become an inseparable part of our livelihoods.

Our planet is gradually warming up. And apart from this, several other environmental problems are coming forth. Every now and then, people all around the globe are tormented by old and new effects of these problems. While some of these problems are small, several others are drastically affecting our planet.

We are on the brink of tremendous environmental crisis.  We, humans, have been contaminating the air, land, and water of our planet. Exploiting its resources and scattering tons and tons of waste.

Human being’s excessive greed to live a life full of luxury is making people blind to the consequences of this extravagance. If the massive exploitation of earth’s resources is not minimized, the earth will not at all be a favourable place to live in for our future generations.


Where are our actions leading us?

Among the most dangerous results of environmental pollution, global warming tops the list.

This is expected to change the climate of several places, giving rise to lack of rainfall, reduction in the number of rainforests, unfavourable living conditions, and malnutrition. Moreover, with the rate at which new buildings are constructed all over the world, soon we will be left with very scarce space for growing food crops for all.

As an outcome of water pollution, 1.7 billion people cannot afford clean drinking water.

Polluted air is causing all sorts of breathing problems and giving rise to new types of incurable cancers.

Pollution is also making life miserable for wild animals and birds.

Now we are in the era of the unprecedented and unknown. What we know for certain is that this intensity, variability and ferocity of weird environmental conditions will get worse. We are the cause and the victims of the world falling apart.

Where Do We Go From Here?

World today is living on the edge of disappearance, due to pollution.

If travelling in time was possible, then we could have seen some extraordinary views. Like a fresh painting of Monalisa, or the mesmerizing Eiffel Tower, or white marbles of the Taj Mahal.

Don’t we all want to live in a place where we feel safe and secure? Don’t we want to live a happy and healthy life?

The answer is, definitely, “yes”. The change starts with us, and is not that difficult!

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Most people think going green is a challenging task, but everything is easier when you really want to make a difference and induce a change. What you do daily can bring a big difference between preserving the environment and destroying it.

Taking care of the planet, it’s more than a responsibility. It’s a privilege.

Here are 3 changes you can do to reduce pollution and preserve the environment.

1.Going Green In House

Here are some low-stress steps to adapt in the house to create a healthier home, and lower your monthly bills to boot :

– Close the running tap water, when not needed. By this way, it is estimated every home can save more than a gallon of water!

– Only use the dishwasher when it’s full. Try to avoid using it more often, for every single plate.

– Turn off all lights during the daytime. Besides saving energy and money, it is good to open windows and screens to let sunlight in and fill the house with warmth. After all, sunlight is essential for the body in the form of vitamin A.

– Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. They last more and are more ecological.

– Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

– Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.

– Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 per cent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

– Avoid throwing plastic away: reuse it as much as possible!

– Switch off the AC and open some windows when you’re not in the room.

2. Less gas = less pollution + more money (and better health!)


Making simple changes can go a long way to help create a greener planet (and saving money).

– Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.

– Consider telecommuting, if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.

– Carpooling or vehicle pooling can save the environment from three or four times the pollution. Carpooling can be done with friends, neighbours, or relatives working in the same direction as yours, not necessarily the same company.

3. Recycling and Reusing

Do you want to prevent the creation of waste at the source? Here’s how you can contribute in making a sustainable change :

– Give away unwanted or unusable materials to service organizations is a better way to start going green. They’ll have a good use for it, and you won’t add to any trash.

– Reusing the furniture would save some extra money spent on newer furniture. For example, one can remodel a table by adding sheets of wood to it and create his own wardrobe.

– Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times, preferably aluminium rather than plastic.

– Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metals could also be done. Do some research on local trash pickup service, or even start an initiative in your building.

– Instead of simply throwing older items, one can use his creativity in recreating the essence out of them. For example, the older screen cloth could be stitched with flat sheets and made as curtains or cloth piece covering the shades of the lamp. They are easy and cheap in terms of interior decorating materials.

The change starts with you!

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Probably no one can change the earth, but if we all work together and choose to make the right change, we can make our planet a better home. Earth needs immediate help and our daily choices matter.

While we can’t be perfect, we can be more conscious global citizens. So, what will you do today, to help make this earth a cleaner and greener place to live in? Share with us!

Do you want to go deeper into the changes and get a hands-on experience? Find your opportunity to impact sustainability at aiesec.in

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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.