By Joy Citradewi Lai.
Earth Day is coming up in a few days, guys! It’s time to ask ourselves what we have done for Mother Nature.
In the past few years, thousands of activists have been expressing exaggerated over-the-top campaigns costing billions of dollars of invested money to promote this global issue.
Al Gore himself has traveled to hundreds of cities to warn the world of what we have done to Mother Nature. In 2007, Al Gore decided to expand his group so that the word spreads faster throughout the world.
Global Warming is not a political campaign. A lot of people accused Gore for using this matter for his political career. Al Gore has gained so much popularity in and outside of the United States that people had started to buzz about nominating him for President in the 2008 election, but he refused to accept it. Global Warming is neither a technique to seize power and recognition, nor to rein any political aspects.
We have children in Africa experiencing draught as we speak. Farmers throughout the world are experiencing the bitter climate change; agricultural businesses are in danger. Food distribution, floods, and natural disasters are all contributing to the impact of global warming. If we don’t ask ourselves now, when should we start questioning our hearts?
We can all start by switching off unused electricity. We can all save water, and reduce waste at the same time. We could all bring our own cloth bags when we shop at [grocery stores] during the weekend. We could all do this together! All of this goes to nothing but us.
We can reduce our electricity bills; reduce how much we throw away our garbage and store never-ending amounts of plastic bags.
Because when we do this, we have done the biggest charity for our cousins in Africa, some parts of Asia, and other developing countries that need our hand.
We don’t have to fly to Africa to send Africans clean water every week; we don’t have to feed every single person in the world. But there are some people who have the courage and the need to do so.
On April 22, 2009, every single country in the world from China, Spain, Greece, South Africa, Indonesia, Bangkok, Argentina, to the US are celebrating the event through tree planting, recycling, collecting garbage, and reducing air pollution.
This is the time for us to change. Change for a better world. Take our responsibility, and pay taxes to Mother Nature, not just doing simple steps that somehow benefit no one else but the US. Like Mahatma Gandhi said, “Mother Nature can feed every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”