Often wondered why we call our planet mother earth?
We call it mother earth because just like our earthly mothers, it takes care of us and provides us with
resources that sustains us. Are we reciprocating the love or its a one-sided and parasitic love?
As global population continues to grow, humans dependence on the earth for energy, food and other
resources continues to increase. This has led to increased pollution and misuse of natural resources
resulting in environmental degradation.
Young people constitute a large part of the world’s population and will have to live longer with the
consequences of our environmental decisions if significant action is not taken. We have to prevent our
future generations from living in a desolate world. We wrongly assume we’re too young to make a
difference and spend significant part of our age in school acquiring degrees. Like Mathias Wackernagel
once said, & Why study for a future which may not be there?.
Present day youths ought to know that this is not the time to sit back and expect things to change
themselves. Annabel Caren Clark, 18 years old rallied her high school classmates to plant milkweed around
the school for monarch butterflies in the peak of their migration season. She’s a super activist and an
advocate on conservation issues.
Ryan Hickman started at age 3. At school, he helped the janitor, Mr Jose separate the trash. After years
of picking up cans and bottles in his neighborhood, he launched Ryan’s recycling company at age 7. His goal is to recycle, to prevent cans and bottles from getting to the ocean.
Andrew Mupuya was just 16 years old when he founded YELI, Uganda’s first paper bag production
company. In 2008, when the Ugandan government put a ban on the use of plastic bags in order to
mitigate the environmental damage it was causing. Andrew learned how to make paper-bags by watching
videos on the internet. In 2012, he won a major award given to young African entrepreneurial leaders
who take the initiative to address critical needs in their communities.
We wrongly assume that a single person cannot make a difference when millions are contributing to the
earth’s degradation. Truth is, if one person decides to be environmentally conscious and work towards a
greener economy and healthy planet, it is already an improvement even if its only a minute difference.
You don’t even need to have a recycling company to get involved. You can source for recyclable
materials (plastics, papers, etc), gather them and sell to well known recycling factories. Also, don’t
forget to encourage someone to adopt environment friendly practices.
Until we find another planet like mother earth that we can go to, it’s all we got and it’s our duty to take
care of it.