‘I pledge allegiance to the earth of our beloved solar system, and to all her creatures for here they dwell. One planet united by harmony with universal love and compassion for all.’
It’s time we break these chains we are planting for our children children’s future. It is time we let the answers we have, set them free and give them life. It is time we did what we know is right. Imagine this; your great great grandchild may choke on that polythene bag you threw by the roadside. Or that the food they eat will be polluted by the chemicals emitted as this plastic takes years to decompose.
It takes 1000 years for polythene to decompose and around 450 years or more for plastic bottles depending on quality. That means if we do not reduce, reuse and recycle these things then the environment we will leave for our children and their children’s children will be completely damaged.
Plastic pollutes everything in its path from its extraction, production, consumption to its disposal. Each journey it makes produces a chemical that is harmful to our health and the health of everything around us. When we burn it, it intoxicates the air, when we bury it, it sips to the earth and the food we eat, it never goes away and, it has a tendency of appearing everywhere from the water we drink to the food we eat.
There is too much plastic in our system, yet the industries in plastic production continue to grow with no recycle content or laws whatsoever. The cheap plastics we prefer are of low value and thus cannot be economically recycled: – we change them every now and then. And the plastic menace stays with us. It is our duty to tell the butcher man not to wrap our meat in plastic, or a waiter not to wrap our food in plastic. In doing so we will be reducing its production.
Speaking of production, it is the producers that bear the key responsibility to plastic waste. Companies that produce plastic should come up with recycle infrastructure to take care of the problem. Multinational corporates should take the lead in this and the government enforce this.
Where do we come in?
Our duty is to rise together and conduct clean up exercises in the areas we live. Create a healthier environment for our children to play in. We need to learn to reduce the amount of plastic we take home with us by having more reusable alternatives. We need to recycle plastic waste, especially the bottles we throw away immediately we finish our drink. We need garbage cans at every stage and every street, its annoys me that you can walk with trash in your hand in estates not seeing one single garbage can. Every shop established should have a dustbin.
Remember, Nature is a gift we all depend on, so we should not just be fighting for it, we should live for it.