Today is Earth Day. This bountiful planet which we all call home has been the source of all we need for our survival and livelihood. In just the last two centuries however, humankind has callously over-harvested its natural resources and caused immense damage to its ecosystems in pursuit of material comforts and conveniences. “The world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not for everyone’s greed,” said Mahatma Gandhi.
We must acknowledge this truth and pause to reflect on our wasteful habits. Consider how we can simplify our lives and consistently integrate eco-friendly practices in our daily routine. Simple things such as using reusable bags and packaging reduces the yearly disposal of 12 million tons of single-use plastics into the oceans. Use water and energy efficiently to lower pollution and conserve natural resources.
It is also crucial to think carefully of our real needs before we shop on a whim to reduce our carbon footprint. By moderating our desires, we hold the power to halt the destruction and instead restore our environment. So, stand up for Mother Earth every day by doing our part to look after Her. Let’s act now to care for these precious resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.
Happy Earth Day 2021.