Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Going Green for a Brighter Tomorrow

by Warlie Zambales Diaz (writer), Iloilo City, Philippines, February 03, 2012

Credit: Charlie Hoehn
Going green is not a choice anymore, it is everyone’s responsibility.

"Going green is not a choice anymore, it is everyone’s responsibility. As a way of life, it involves everything we do. Let us take our part to save the Earth."

The bright azure sky turned into gray and the wind started to blow pitilessly. The rain fell down heavily as if casting all its strength in every city streets and mountains. Soon water started to rise at an unexpected rate and houses were submerged in the catastrophic flood. Murky strong water went gushing as people were trying their best towards what was before a highway. The depth rose up to eight feet and some were swept away by the raging flood. It was like a stampede of mud and water.

Some people gaze at grief to their homes while clinging on a floating tree. The evening was so sad. Cries for help were everywhere but the water was more than 13 feet and the current is even stronger. Exhausted, hungry and sleepless, everyone struggles to survive. It would have been an ordinary day, a rainy weather that could be enjoyed by everyone as it refreshes the earth. But it was different, the grief and tears that the catastrophe have caused will always be remembered as a day to act responsibly and never let it happen again.

Owing to the onslaught of technological advancement, it is now so easy to be ignorant about the severe irreversible challenges to the very existence of life. Pollution of the air, land and water are critical issues everywhere. The glorious biodiversity of our planet had been diminished as thousands of species are being eliminated at a rate unprecedented in the history. Typhoons, heavy rains and warm weather have increased in force and frequency. These phenomena are not caused by nature alone but brought about by human omission. Technological progress and industrialization equate to global warming and climate change.

With science and technology seemingly making things easier for us, we just eventually lose sight of the essential things in this world – like keeping it clean and green. But let’s try asking ourselves a few questions. Do we actually enjoy being bombarded by pollution when we take a stroll in our streets? Do we like turning on the radio or TV and hearing about massive deaths and destruction caused by floods and inundation? To secure our future and of our posterity, we must change our ways so that future generations will have a cleaner world where they can breathe unpolluted air and drink clean water. We must work hard to save nature in all our simple ways. This habit is called “going green” and it will help us save the earth from the dire future of destruction.

There are many things that we can do to change the present outlook of the planet and bring the back its glory that have been lost. Planting trees is one way to help. Trees support the sequestration of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby decreasing the concentration of this gas and thus perform an important role against global warming. The roots of trees serve as an extensive net that holds the soil in place, thereby preventing excessive erosion of the soil and its nutrients. The roots also absorb water from the soil, allowing the trees to act as natural storage tanks of freshwater, and slowing the loss of rainwater from the ecosystem through runoff.

Planting trees to our denuded forest or reforestation helps control the flow of surface water, reduce the runoff of soil and mitigate the effects of extreme weather events. This reduces the occurrence of floods and landslides, particularly in areas susceptible to disasters, such as coastal zones and mountainous regions. Trees also remove pollutants from the freshwater that runs through it, such as springs used for drinking water. Trees can therefore serve as a natural water purification system, cleaning the water of the ecosystem and providing safe water for human consumption.

Waste, are undeniably the major pollutants of our land and seas. Proper management of our garbage also helps in caring the earth. Biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste must be segregated and dispose properly. We must learn to reduce our trash by recycling and reusing. Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. In addition, it generates a host of environmental, financial, and social benefits. Materials like glass, metal, plastics, paper, and organic materials (food and green yard waste) are collected, separated, and sent to facilities that can process these recyclables into new materials or products. We can reuse items by repairing them, donating them to charity and community groups, or selling them.

Conservation of energy and resources is all about saving what’s available today before it’s gone. At home or school, no energy should be wasted. When we are not using lights or appliances, we must turn them off. Using the minimal amount of water necessary to shower, brush our teeth, and shave, avoiding the use of aerosol sprays, walking more and driving less, are all ways for us to go green. As a student, we have loads of paper for schoolwork; we can help save the planet by lessening the amount of paper that we use. Instead of crumpling papers every time we commit errors, we can still use them as scratch papers for solving our math problems. We can also improve our lifestyle by walking and biking instead of driving a few blocks to a friend’s house.

Sharing knowledge and information is also an essential way to enthuse others in going green. As global warming continues to be a major concern for the future for our planet, we must enthuse the public to turn to earth-friendly living practices. Through proper education and organizing community outreach activities, we can mobilize our neighborhood to clean up our surroundings and make it a healthier and more appealing place to live, work and play.

Going green is not a choice anymore, it is everyone’s responsibility. As a way of life, it involves everything we do. Taking small steps now, changing old wasteful and harmful habits into more sustainable habits set the foundations for the change in our attitude that will ultimately save the planet. It sets as a good example for those around us, our family, relatives and friends. When we strive towards going green, we lessen the fear of ending up in a horrible situation.

Let us take our part to save the Earth. We should not be selfish. Let the next generation see how beautiful the Earth is. There is no great sacrifice involved in going green; much can be accomplished if many of us will join this noble effort.

About the Writer

Warlie Zambales Diaz is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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