You’re probably tired of hearing about the tragedies that happen all over the world every single day. It seems like there is no escape from bad news—you see and hear about it everywhere! On TV, the radio, newspapers, even on your personal social media platforms, bad news looms there like a dark cloud, waiting to put a damper on your day. Sometimes, it can make you feel so hopeless, feeling like there’s nothing you can do to make things better. Bummer, right?
But all hope is not lost, especially with young people. In 2019, Greta Thunberg recently made waves in the international scene by calling out world leaders for robbing the youth of their future. Now, a couple of countries have put forward new measures to tackle the climate crisis.
But even decades ago, a teenager named Jadav Payeng decided to plant a tree every single day for the next few decades. As a result, he now has a huge forest that houses all sorts of wildlife and plant life. His passion and dedication to the environment earned him the nickname “Forest Man”, and has contributed greatly to India’s efforts to save and rehabilitate the environment.
Through these examples we see that little things can have great impact, especially when you start early. Just like Jadav Payeng or Greta Thunberg, a simple act of caring for our home would have a ripple effect and help ensure that our earth will be able to live a long time. With that, here’s how you can get started in your own way in three steps:
1. Read up on it
First of all, you can’t start on your solutions if you don’t do your research first. You can’t start helping out if you don’t know what to do to help, or what even needs to happen. Who has done what? What else is there to do? Is there a nearby organization that you could join? It’s about optimizing what little resources we have as individuals.
For example, you may know that we are all encouraged to reduce or eliminate single-use plastics that add to the amount of wastes we create on a daily basis. Aside from bringing your own utensils and containers, you could also read up on where or how you could do your groceries without adding to the plastic crisis. You can start learning more about that here: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/get-involved/
Once you know better, you could begin applying what you do know. There are tons of environmental organizations around. You just need to find the one that’s right for you. We at Edukasyon.ph have also partnered with Forest Foundation to empower young minds like you to speak up. We’re looking for students who can lead their own local communities to take action together. Shoot us an email at [email protected] with the subject Forest Foundation X Edukasyon to find out how else you could help.
3. Take action
It’s in the little things. Greta Thunberg used what resources she had to make the statement that would get the attention of world leaders. Jadav Payeng didn’t plant a forest all at once. He did it one tree at a time, over a span of decades. And you could make little changes with your lifestyle, and be consistent about them!
For example, instead of throwing away your trash, see what use you might still have for it. Old fruit and vegetable peels can be turned into compost for your gardens to help your plants grow. If you have scrap metals, used papers, or old cardboard boxes, you can bring them over to your local junk shops where you could sell them and they could be repurposed into something new.
You may think that these seemingly small acts may not do much in the greater scheme of things, but you would be surprised at just how much good they would be able to do not just for you but for others around you!
By doing these steps, you will be doing your part in making the world a better place. It’s time to move on from the knowledge that our earth is dying. It’s time to take action and be a part of the solution to save our home. We’ll be waiting for you!
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