6 Sustainable Living Tips My Dad Taught Me

Environment Friendly Living

It’s Father’s day today, especially around this time we look back and think how much our dads taught us and how they are a huge part in making us what we are now.

I and my husband are taking efforts to make our son Eco-aware from early years. But today I realized my dad had played a major role in making me Eco-minded. So I am going share those 6 Eco-living tips with you which my dad taught me over the years, mostly without knowing. Because that is his way of life.

Me with My Dad at backyard of our Family Home

1. Be kind to animals!

Kindness must be one of the greatest quality in my dad. He has always been kind to people around him including less fortunate strangers. So no surprise he is kind to animals as well. We had a tradition in the family to keep water and food for animal visitors to our family home including birds, cows, cats, and dogs.

My dad being a charitable soul, always buy food for poor people when out and makes sure he is giving food to animals wandering on streets (we have many in India!). He used to particularly get upset when he used to see animals loaded with very heavy luggage. I remember him talking to people involved and draw their attention to it. My disliking for zoos may be is taken from my dad, he never liked animals kept in small cages and are not taken care properly.

2. Travel to see the Nature, forget about luxuries!

I have inherited wanderlust genes from my dad. He is a travel junkie in a real sense, ready to travel anytime with equal enthusiasm.

He knows India so well from his extensive travel experience, many people used to ask for his help to plan their itinerary. During summer holidays dad used to come up with travel plans and we just used to pack bags and leave the house. Hats off to my mom as well, who used to support my dad’s spontaneous travel decisions almost every time. We used to take public transport many times, as the sudden travel plans didn’t allow us to book private transport in advance in peak travel season. Dad used to tell us, you get the real feel of the place only when you travel like a local! Now you know when I promote public transport for a sustainable lifestyle, I have huge experience of using it since my childhood! We never got bored on a journey; observing the changing terrain in a long journey on trains, talking about trees, rivers, mountains and making new friends were the things we used to do. My dad had always some interesting information to share with us about the places on the way to our destination. He is great at making friends with strangers, he has helped many and we always received help when we needed.

My dad used to say if you want luxury. better you don’t leave your home. But if you want to travel then take things as and how they come. Maybe that’s why it was never difficult for me going on camping without missing luxuries.

So stopping in mountain roads spontaneously to have fun in seasonal streams in monsoon or jumping in the water on a beach, just after arriving, getting clothes stained with red mud and instead of complaining laughing about it were things we used to do on travel. Going for trekking with a picnic to nearby hills used to be our favorite weekend plans.

The last trip I did with my dad was a few years back when I went to India for a sustainability course in Hyderabad. My dad came to meet me and planned few days of fun. When I have my dad with me, I don’t need a guide, travel agent or


! It was my dad who insisted and took me to Nehru zoological park in Hyderabad to show me the white tiger, which I have never seen before. Looking back on that I cherish that special memory! How many people’s dads take them to the zoo park in another city after they are grown up?

3. Get Outdoors

You don’t have to travel far to experience Nature, it is just outside your home. One fond memory I have with my dad is endless nights on the roof. We used to lie down on the roof under the sky, watch white clouds and try to figure out changing shapes and figures out of it. My dad used to enjoy teaching me about the night sky. I knew very early on Mars is a red star and Venus is brightest in the sky and things like that; thanks to my dad! I developed a lot of interest in astronomy in my childhood and later in astrophysics. I even represented my school for astrophysics competition and won prizes. My dad used to take me to sky trips and used to complain about light pollution in the city. Those were the important lesson in making me Eco-aware.

We need to learn and teach our children the joy of simple things from nature. My parents did that to me, the first flower blooming on the plants planted by me used to get celebrated in our family. Picking fruits from trees and arranging farm trips in outskirts of the city were our regular activities. Enjoying seasonal fruits and seasonal farm goodies were one important tradition in my family introduced me to sustainable food way before I learned professionally.

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