What are we doing to our home? It’s burning! Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg stunned her audience at the U.N. Climate Action Summit with facts and important questions we should all have been asking our leaders long ago. She has inspired me to consider my actions and their effect on our world. I realized that we have an opportunity now. It is not too late and we can start doing something to help our planet in our own way.
The Plastic Menace
Plastic is a huge temptation especially when you travel. Right from plastic straws, single-use plastic cups, plates and millions of plastic bags that are constantly offered at every single store. It’s tempting to use disposable cutlery because it can be so convenient. However, it is also a huge cause of pollution in the oceans and cities too. We need to start by educating ourselves and talk to our kids about the impact that our choices and actions have on all the species that live with us on Earth.
Start small. Let’s try to carry our water with us and not use straws anymore. You can also take your own shopping bag to the market and decline plastic bags. It is wonderful to involve the kids too and try to clean up the beach, the day before ending your vacation.
I know it seems like we are a drop in the ocean. But your actions can inspire others, and as more and more of us join together to choose better options for our families we will see the difference at least in our communities and schools.
There is so much happening everywhere, forests are being burnt, sewage is being dumped irresponsibly, the air is being clogged with pollution, trees are being cut frivolously and our green open spaces are shrinking. We can’t tackle it all at one time so instead of getting overwhelmed and despaired, pick one cause you feel you can make a difference in. A practical lifestyle change you can incorporate and start there.
If we all do our little bit towards the common goal, we can do it. To replenish the Earth is something we can achieve collectively. This planet will be inherited by our children, let’s leave them something good.