and charismatic leaders have always helped the
people remain well organized and capable of
meeting threats of disruption and destruction
throughout our history. Unfortunately there are
no new prophets. Fortunately however, education
and better communication facilities at our
disposal make it possible to propagate the
required new ethics, without any resort to
religious appeal. It is therefore necessary for
the more enlightened sections of society to
propagate a code of environmental ethics.
its Pledge, 10 Commandments and 5 Admonitions:
a personal pledge that you shall strive to leave
every place you visit a little better when you
leave, and in any case not worse, than as you
found it on arrival.
(This would apply to your
bath, your office desk, the bench in the park,
your picnic spot, and even this very planet.)
1. Remember that the
earth is incomplete without the plants, animals
and other living creatures, they always control
their own population at optimum levels, and it is
only our own ways that upset the natural balance
and create problems for all.
2. Plan only one biological
offspring, exercise your creativity in giving
birth to ideas.
3. Think before you buy. Is it
necessary? Will it increase eventual pollution?
4. Travel only if you must.
(Share a car, use public transport, or your phone
and the Internet. Let your body be in one
location if possible, but let your mind travel
far and wide to explore new areas.)
5. Strive for excellence and
efficiency. Use less of everything. (This applies
really to about everything like soap, water,
fuel, energy, etc. but not to tact, courtesy and
6. As far as possible avoid the
use of such plastics and other materials which
are not easily degraded
7. Maintain, repair and use as
long as possible, and then give it to someone for
reuse or for recycling. (This applies to your
gadgets, your clothes, your house. Don't
surrender to the craze for "the latest
LATEST". Look for durability and not
8. Trash is Cash, use it and
recycle it, do not just dump it outside your home
or office. This applies to your household
rubbish, your kitchen waste, and even to the
silly ideas in your mind!
9. Join together in action
groups for a good cause, and promote your
survival. Many causes need your help like the
environment, spreading kindness as a habit,
eradication of corruption and malpractice,
banishing ignorance and poverty.
10. Build up the new
environmental ethic and promote it in your
family, profession, friends' circle and
neighbourhood. You can leave the world a better
1. Do not buy or use
disposable tins, bags, utensils, gadgets, etc.
(Carry an old fashioned shopping bag rather than
those thin plastic bags which threaten to bury
our earth and smother life)
2. Do not buy over packaged
products. (Pay for the contents rather than the
packaging which will cause extra pollution when
3. Do not invest in companies
whose activities and products increase pollution
levels or are not conducive to preserving the
4. When voting in an election
shun the candidates whose record shows they
pollute the values in our society
5. Do not try to keep up with
the Jones's. Every time you do so, you will have
even more Jones's to keep up with, until there
will be no Jones's and no YOU!