© Sylvia Stults
The sands of time have rendered fear Blue skies on high no longer clear Stars were bright whence they came Now dimmed, obscured, pollution's haze Crystal clear our waters gleamed Fish abundant, rivers streamed Ocean floors sandy white Now littered, brown, pollution's plight Trees towered high above Trunks baring professed love Birds chirping from sites unseen Gone, paper joined pollution's team One can't blame pollution alone As they say, you reap what you've sown So let us plant a better seed Tear out old roots, cultivate, weed Protect what has been given for free Our waters, skies, wildlife and trees For once they're gone, don't you say Consider yourself warned of that fatal day
Today, Climate change is one of the major harms Mother Earth is mercilessly subjected to. The disastrous consequences of it are seemingly endless despite she having encountered a range of them until now, from rapidly losing biodiversity to food scarcity. And there could be numerous such undesirable consequences which will prove to be furthermore catastrophic, and yes far worse than this pandemic which has already claimed and put at risk millions of human lives. However, although our window of time is quite narrow, we still can reverse climate change but not if our activities continue unchecked and uncontrolled. Pollution, Deforestation, Emission from power plants, Industrial agriculture, Chlorofluorocarbons, Global warming are a few of the many reasons that have caused climate change. As the situation worsens the many more threats we will have to withstand are droughts and heat waves, hurricanes, diseases, rise in sea levels, extinction of plant and animal species, threats to global food security and so on.
To put a brake on this, here are some of the few changes we can initiate in our day-to-day activities:
Drive fuel-efficient vehicles and/or carpool or use public transport to commute Harvest rainwater; Save and recycle water Invest in energy-efficient appliances Go plastic-free or reduce, reuse and recycle plastic Prevent emissions Practice safe disposal of food, dry and e-waste Plant more trees Make your gardens bird-, bee- and butterfly-friendly Encourage and practice organic farming Say Yes to eco-friendly, sustainable fashion Buy and gift eco-friendly toys to children Rate and review your take-away joints taking into account eco-friendly packaging Choose hotels and resorts invested in sustainable and responsible hospitality
And the list can go on and on and on... But I will leave it to you to be mindful of your actions, for every action counts. LET US PLEDGE TO GO GREEN-ER!