Earth Day is a worldwide annual event, celebrated in April, to create awareness for the Earth’s environment. We are all one family living on this planet. God created the heaven and the earth. His children have been entrusted to take care of our world and share it responsibly with others for future generations.
About seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Water is precious to all living things. Unfortunately, we dumped millions of tons of garbage into our waterways. Discarding plastic into our oceans, lakes, and ponds is as devastating as climate change.
Until recently, my mindset was indifferent about doing my part to save the planet. How can one person make a difference? Last month, I attended a lecture led by Dr. Don Walsh, USN (Ret)
Don Walsh is an American oceanographer, explorer, a former submarine captain, and marine policy specialist. He talked about the significant problem of plastic destroying our environment. His lecture educated me on how our beautiful planet must groan under the weight of the plastic dumped into its waters. My heart felt a responsibility to help reverse the harm inflicted upon our waterways.
After the lecture, I remembered a quote by Mother Teresa, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Both Mother Teresa’s quote and Dr. Don Welch’s speech resonated with me. It takes all of us working to reverse this problem.
Earth is an amazing planet. Each one of us can do our part to protect our waters for the living creatures that inhabit it and for our next generation. If we change one thing, it can affect many lives now and those to come.
Here is a list of action steps I plan to follow:
- Embrace the 3 R’s; reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Sign up for curbside recycling to reduce the load on our country’s landfills by reusing the materials instead of throwing them away.
- Ban using single plastic bags. Give reusable bags to family members and friends to encourage them to recycle.
- Say no to plastic straws and coffee cup lids. Buy bamboo or stainless straws and keep them handy.
- Refill reusable water bottles and coffee mugs instead of using plastic or styrofoam. Get into the habit of refilling your water container.
- Take more interest in coastal and river bank clean-ups.
Caring for the Earth is caring for our future generation. Jump in, and join the fight to ban plastic. The ocean needs us. It’s never too late to start being a guardian of our future. Make every day a better Earth Day.
Do you have any other suggestions on how we can raise awareness on how plastic is spoiling our waterways?
What action steps have you already established?