Maika Loise D. Dingal
August 29, 2012
INTARMED Blk. 15
Giving back to the Womb that gave us Life
We were born into this world completely provided with everything – food, air, natural riches and a beautiful environment that would serve as our home. We are so secure, safe and well-nourished within Mother Earth’s womb. However, we never saw the real extent of how precious this planet is to us and we went out the world as a successful species but completely a failure as sons and daughters of Mother Earth. Instead of protecting and nurturing the environment, we did just the opposite. We built factories that release substances that destroy the environment and kill many animals, we brilliantly invented new materials but took so long to realize that they would in the future become non-biodegradable trash that would accumulate in the environment, we throw our trash everywhere and most of all, we do not value wildlife. Along with our success as a species came the extinction of many animals thus wreaking havoc on ecological systems. What we are unaware of is that all of our abuses to the environment would affect us largely in the long run.
Change. This is the one thing that could turn things around and reverse all the consequences of our actions. Change in our attitude, personality, outlook and actions. This change should start within each of us. After my realization of how humans have destroyed the environment, I decided to be more careful of my actions in order to lessen harm on our planet.
I am aware that there is no way for us to totally eradicate activities that affect the environment to some extent because that would mean that the human civilization would have to move backwards and embrace its primitive ways. I understand that modernization comes side by side with human advancement and progress. But what I want to seek are ways through which we could lessen the degree of the impact of our activities to the environment. That is why, as an environmental lover, I came up with my list of 10 things that I will do to save Mother Earth.
Number one: Reduce. This is overused, alright, along with reuse and recycle. But it’s still worth including in my list because no matter how people say we should reduce, reuse and recycle, people do not do them sincerely, anyway. My goal is to seriously reduce my use of plastics and other materials that would accumulate as non-biodegradable trash in the environment. So, instead of ordering food for takeout in Jollibee or elsewhere, I’ll just buy food for dine-in so as to avoid using containers made of Styrofoam. Instead of using plastics as containers for food that I buy to bring to school as baon, I will place my food in a reusable container. Maybe I’ll also try bringing my own container for grocery so that I won’t have to use their plastics anymore.
Number two: Reuse. Anything that might still be useful, I won’t throw away. Like grocery plastics. Every time I shop, I always fold the shopping bags and grocery bags neatly and store them in my cabinet. In case, I would need a container for my stuff, I won’t have to buy a large bag anymore. I do not throw used ballpens, too. They’d be cool material for personally-made and artistic birthday presents. It is just a matter of creativity. I’ll always try to think of how I could make use of used materials so that I won’t have to throw them away.
Number three: Recycle. Well, kind of the same idea as number two. It still involves being creative and resourceful. Maybe food wrappers would make great material for pseudo flower vases and other stuff that are fun to make.
Number four: Avoid using chemical substances that are harmful to the environment. As much as possible I won’t use harmful insect sprays, air fresheners and aerosols. In the future, for my own home garden, I will not use insecticides. I would only be refrigerators that are CFC-free. My car’s outer paint would be CFC-free, too.
Number five: Throwing...
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