A piece on my desire to save the planet day by day.
If only everybody understood this concept. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful world and it is unfortunate that we are losing more and more of it to garbage, global warming and pollution. This is a topic I am very passionate about. Nourishing our planet is essential for living on it. A lot of people ask “Why do you care so much” or say “You’re not going to change anything” which is tough to hear when Rachel & I are so enthusiastic about saving the planet. The truth is we can all contribute to making it a healthier, greener, less polluted place. In honor of Earth Day, I am writing this piece to portray to others the importance of being eco-friendly; We need to take care of our home.
Being eco-friendly is a lifestyle. It can be accomplished by various ways. It is focusing on contributing less to global warming, pollution, trash and contributing more to protecting our world. This can be done in many diverse ways. One of my favourite sayings is “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago”, a Chinese proverb.
We are lucky to experience and live in some of natures most precious creations. If we don’t start acting now, we could lose them. Travelling to Europe in 2015 was an eye opening experience for myself, seeing all the trash placed outside of the main cities. Piles taller than I am accumulate on the sidewalks, I especially noticed this in Greece. If we don’t start now we may see the same issue here one day in North America.
Going on the internet and searching this up is sad to see. A statistic from Science World (2018) states
“Did you know that cigarette butts are the number one most-found item in international coastal clean-ups? In fact, over 25 years of cleanups, approximately 25,907,756 cigarette butts have been collected by conservation volunteers. Second to cigarettes are food wrappers and containers and then plastic beverage bottles and plastic shopping bags.”
Tough to hear, right? Fortunately, we all have the opportunity to transform this. If we start teaching children at a young age to be more earth-friendly, we can build a smarter generation. We need to try harder. Littering is not cool. When I see someone litter or not recycling, I will always call them out. I do not support people contributing to more trash in our society. I try not to support restaurants who don’t understand this concept either. It can be troubling at times, but my goal is to raise awareness of how damaging our actions are.
Rachel and I just had a talk about how we don’t understand people who don’t contemplate this problem. Why aren’t people as worried as we are? Wouldn’t everybody want to live in a place that is trash-free so we can embrace as much nature as possible? This puzzled us. We asked ourselves, are we overreacting? But we aren’t. Something needs to change, we can’t take advantage of this planet any more. Communities need to step up and make a difference. Many of us are doing this well yet many people don’t care at all.
Below is a list of simple habits Rachel and I have adopted that you can engage in as well. The end goal is not to have 0 waste, but less. It is to notice where you are producing it most and deciding to change that. We aren’t asking much, just to be more conscious of how your actions have consequences to this earth.
These are several effective and valuable strategies in reducing your waste, pollution and contribution to global warming. I inspire all of you to look into this topic more and find out what else you can do to save the planet. And to the people who have already started making a difference... Thank you. It is individuals like you we need in our society to flourish.
Thanks so much for listening.
Happy Earth Day!
Be conscious of your actions.