How to Increase Awareness for Cleanliness
As human beings, we want to live in a clean and hygienic environment. In fact, it is how we ascended in our journey to become civilized. Every time we wash our hands before meal or cover our mouth when coughing, we act as responsible humans who have respect for other people’s personal hygiene.
Sadly enough, many among us don’t share this awareness. A lot of them need to be reminded of the importance of cleanliness. Poverty and economic inequality are still a drag on humanity, even in 2018. A sizable percentage of human population – mainly in developing nations – still lives in abject poverty. Cleanliness is nothing but a luxury for these hapless people.
How to increase awareness
It’s easy to give up, but it’s hard to pursue a goal and finally achieve it. Increasing awareness for cleanliness – at societal level and at individual level – is not easy. It requires time, patience, steadfastness, strategy and networking. On top of everything, the epiphany that an effectively clean environment is one of the basic needs to live a healthy life.
The steps required
We need to take baby steps to accomplish this objective. The steps can be the following.
- Effective campaigns – People need to work together as a group to let others know the importance of cleanliness. What could be a better way to organize a crowd than a campaign? In order for the campaign to be effective, members need to be made familiar with what constitute a clean environment and how to create such an environment. If rightly organized, the campaigns can be an effective source for the growth of environmental awareness.
- Education as leverage – Teachers in schools and colleges should carry the responsibility of making their students aware of the importance of cleanliness in their lives and also for the greater good. In academic environment, such teaching can be delivered in effective ways. For example, environmental education is a compulsory subject in most graduate schools. A step further can be designing curriculums to foster awareness or conducting academic programs so that knowledge about nature and surrounding environment can be obtained.
- Parents should step forward – We discussed the importance of right parenting before. Not just charity, awareness for cleanliness also starts at home when parents make it a point to teach their children the need to keep their environment clean. There’s no denying that a clean environment is essential for health and hygiene. Hence, there should be no delaying by parents in teaching the most primitive lessons.
The list of “Dos”
A “dos and don’ts” list can come in handy. The do’s include
- Shared responsibility – Everyone must share the responsibility to keep their surrounding clean and educate others about its importance. Parents, school, neighbors all must proactively share it.
- Educate about germs – People should be enlightened about different strains of germs, in what atmosphere they thrive and the treatment regimen effective against them. The current education must change and include such lessons.
- Not all cleaning products are equally effective. Learning to separate them is essential.
- Celebrate festivals to help people realize the benefits of a perfectly clean environment.
- Promote hand hygiene – People should be made aware of the importance of clean hands. Teachers in school must regularly ask students to develop the habit to wash hands before their every meal.
- Hygiene related etiquettes – As mentioned before, students must learn to cover their mouth while they sneeze or a cough to prevent the germs to attack others.
The don’ts are as important (if not more) as the do’s. Here’s a comprehensive list of them.
The list begins with
- Don’t get complacent – While creating paranoia is never justified, people should fear the consequences of pollution and filth. As long as the fear exists, people won’t get complacent and the campaign won’t lose footfalls.
- Zero tolerance – There should be absolutely no tolerance for environmentally hazardous substances such as polythene and plastic, often classified as segregate garbage.
- No slap on wrist – Heavy fine must be imposed on those who pollute the environment. A token punishment is not powerful enough to persuade them to think otherwise. On the other hand, people who are mature enough to understand the damage done by pollution on the environment and act upon the realization should be rewarded.
- Not cutting of trees – People should be discouraged from cutting down trees. Growing more and more trees for future benefit must be encouraged.
It is only when the do’s and don’ts are performed together, can cleanliness be assured.
As all the tips are laid down in this article, no more wasting time. Let’s join hands together and take a pledge to create a clean, safe and healthy environment for us. This is the only way we can survive in amid ever-increasing pollution and lack of cleanliness around us. So, let’s join hands today and make the earth cleaner for us and for future generation.