It’s no secret that the Earth is slowly dying. Needless to say, we are at fault; almost everything that we do affects her current situation.
I am envious how older people tell stories how beautiful the Philippines once was, but at the same time I am disappointed on what it has become. Baguio once was really a site to see; yet today, houses grew like mushrooms, and you might even say “parang bundok na tinubuan ng bahay”. Have you seen Boracay? Notice that it gets more crowded every year, and has more clutter compared to your last visit. Have you joined any fun runs lately? Regardless the place, after every run, plastic bottles and cups pile up the road.
Amidst all of this, we can do something for the environment, our environment. Maybe I’m just selling it to you, but I am not telling you to abandon the things you do or drop the way you do things, and live a life very saintly, it’s your life; nonetheless, it’s our Earth.
What I am asking is to care a little more. Care a little more on the big things we think and take too little. I appreciate how modernized and helpful technology is; it does make everything easier and more comfortable. But in attempt to modernize everything, we replace forests, farms, and other lands into establishment – condominiums, hotels and resort etc. which do bring in money but at what cost?
It doesn’t have to be a big of a move, even with little actions we can protect, and perhaps delay and reduce Earth’s destruction. Remember these 3 clichéd words: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
- Don’t keep the water running when you brush your teeth, wash the dishes, or take a bath.
- Optimize the use of your paper, and notebook. Don’t just peel or throw it away.
- Donating old clothes and other items.
- Try taking a walk or riding a bicycle instead of riding taxis, jeeps, tricycle all the time.
- Cutting your smoking habits.
- Cutting down electric bills by using less appliances.
- Support use of solar energies and other natural less damaging resources.
- Using reusable bags rather than using paper and plastic bags at the market.
- Use leftovers as fertilizers to your garden.
- Plant seeds of your fruits in your backyard.
- Turn plastic bottles into decoration – pots, bags, lanterns
- Turn old clothes into something else – rags, bags, jackets
- Turn old magazines and newspaper into an artwork as a bonding time with your children.
It’s the small actions that makes big changes. Wouldn’t you want your family to go to places which is greener and less urbanized? Wouldn’t you wish that future generations can still catch the magnificence of our environment? Regardless if it’s only you who are doing the above mentioned things about reducing, reusing, and recycling, you must continue. We do live in a monkey see monkey do society; and if people see more people (especially the influential ones) doing right things maybe they’ll follow suit. It’s about time we make our own decisions about this issue. I’ve made my choice, have you made yours?