As I was watching an episode of “Desperate Housewives”, I realized how many people doesn’t really seem to care about the environment.
The argument in that particular episode was…
“I haven’t been recycling before and won’t bother to recycle now. As far as I’m concerned, I’m happy with the environment I live in.”
The other neighbor argued, “What about the future generation? How will they survive in such a polluted environment?”
The non-recycling neighbor could not be bothered because she argued; she will be dead by then. Plus, she doesn’t have any nor would have any grandchildren that would get affected anyway.
I wish I can say that it’s one of those episodes that can only happen in the movies. However, it is an everyday reality that happens in a lot of neighborhoods. Some people only care for the moment and for their own good.
But, life is all about give and take. If the environment gives you something then you should care for it in return. Some people would have given more for the future generation such as those who died fighting for our nation, so that people like us can enjoy freedom and normal lives. Thus, one can’t really say that you should only care for whatever affects you. Whatever you have right now is of course attributable mainly to your efforts, but also to the many contributions of the people around you.
But honestly, it can sometimes be a fruitless effort to convert this type of people to care for the environment. Sometimes, it is best to divert this endeavor to the younger generation. Start them early into recycling and caring for the environment. As the saying goes, it is best to “nip it in the bud”. It is best to deal with the problem when they are still manageable. Once these kids grow up without any concern for the environment they live in, it will be a struggle to overturn their routine.
It is comparable to how many of us still struggle to eliminate the use of plastic bags. Since we were kids, we got used to the convenience of using one or being supplied with it in every grocery shopping. Now that we know how it can negatively impact our environment, we still continue to use it out of convenience. It is like a bad habit that’s hard to get rid of.
However, things could be different if we’ve been introduced early into using reusable bags. Since, we can’t turn back time…it is best that we encouraged and instill in the young instead, the benefits of recycling.
You can encourage them to use reusable bags. They can either decorate their own fabric bags which they can reuse in lieu of plastics bags or you can buy them some reusable kids’ bags which hopefully can set the trend among their peers 🙂
Hopefully, these “Go Green Kids” can help protect the earth and preserve it for future generations. Sometimes future proofing the earth is not about finding alternative sources of accommodation, water or resources but it is about preserving and nurturing our natural environment now.
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