You must be tired of hearing about the tragedies that happen in the world every day. It's like there's no escape from bad news, you see it and hear it everywhere! On TV, on the radio, in the newspapers, even on your personal social media platforms, bad news is like a dark cloud waiting for its day to come. Sometimes it can make you feel so desperate, like there's nothing you can do to make things better. That's a shame, isn't it?
But all hope is not lost, especially in young people. In 2019, Greta Tanberg recently rode the wave on the international stage, calling on world leaders to take the future away from young people. Several countries have now proposed new measures to fight the climate crisis.
But even decades ago, a teenager named Yadav Pyeng decided to plant a tree every day for the next few decades. As a result, he now has a huge forest that is home to all kinds of wildlife and plants. His passion and dedication to the environment has earned him the nickname 'Man of the Forest' and has contributed greatly to India's efforts to save and restore the environment.
Through these examples, we see that small things can make a big difference, especially when you start work early. Like Jadav Pyeng or Greta Tanberg, simply taking care of our home will have a ripple effect and help our Earth live long. With this, here's how you can start your way in three steps:
1. Read on.
First, you can't start looking for solutions if you don't do some research first. You can't start helping if you don't know what to do to help, or even what needs to happen. Who did what? What else can you do? Is there an organization nearby that you can join? It's all about optimizing the small resources we have as individuals.
For example, you may know that we are all encouraged to reduce or eliminate disposable plastics that add to the amount of waste we create each day. In addition to bringing plates and containers, you can also read about where and how you can make your products without adding to the plastic crisis. You can learn more about this here: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/get-involved/.
Once you know, you can start applying what you know. There are a lot of environmental organizations around. You just have to find one that is right for you. At Edukasyon.ph we also work with the Forest Foundation to give young minds like you a voice. We are looking for students who can guide their local communities to act together. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "X Edukasyon Forest Foundation" to find out how else you can help.
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It's in the little things. Greta Tanberg used the resources she had to make a statement that would attract the attention of world leaders. Jadav Pyeng didn't plant the forest all at once. He did it one tree at a time, over decades. And you could make small changes in your lifestyle, and be consistent with them!
For example, instead of throwing out the garbage, look at the benefits that can still be useful. Old vegetable and fruit peels can be turned into compost for your gardens to help your plants grow. If you have scrap metal, used paper or old cardboard boxes, you can take them to local garbage stores where they can be sold and recycled into something new.
You may think that these seemingly small things are not very useful, but you may wonder how much good they can do not only for you, but also for the people around you.
By taking these steps, you will help make the world a better place. The time has come to move beyond the realization that our Earth is dying. The time has come to act and be part of the solution to save our home. We will wait for you!