The last 10-15 days were full of aches, pains, and sleepless nights! As I lay in bed, coughing my lungs out and feeling like death warmed over, I came to a much-needed realization shaking my oblivion out of the window🪟 Being unconscious and sleeping for days is a helpless experience, especially for someone who prefers to be active 24/7. These moments of silence force us to ponder upon our well-being and the world we live in. It’s evident that our world is in dire straits, and we ought to act fast before it’s beyond repair🌎Climate change, sustainability, and reducing carbon emissions are important issues that should be on everyone’s radar, not just organizations!
Let me backtrack a bit. Anaisha, my daughter and I had been hit hard by the flu, and recovery was slow and painful. We were nebulizing almost thrice a day, and I was beginning to think that we would never breathe normally again. Watching Anaisha consume multiple syrups and antibiotics 💊 was a difficult sight to witness. The situation worsened further when I became ill and too weak to lift my two-year-old🤒 It was during this period of struggle that I began to reflect on my lifestyle choices and the impact they had on my health …
But that wasn’t all. As I looked around, I couldn’t help but notice the state of our planet.
The air we breathe is deteriorating, the food we eat is adulterated, and the diseases that are coming around are more damaging than ever before. The world we live in isn’t the same anymore! We tend to live in a bubble of our own making, believing that the future is always going to be bright and sunny, but it only takes a flu to burst that bubble. “Mother Nature is just getting started.” The state of our environment is deteriorating at an alarming rate, and unless we act now, the future looks bleak
For instance, the amount of plastic waste that is not recycled or properly disposed of every day is alarming. It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade in a landfill, and in the meantime, it can have devastating effects on our planet. Plastic pollution is a major problem for our oceans as well. Every year, 12 tons of plastic makes its way into the ocean, harming marine life and disrupting entire ecosystems🦭The statistics are staggering – for every sea creature, there are six pieces of plastic in the ocean. And with 90% of ocean pollution being plastic, the problem is only getting worse.
We’re all so busy with our careers, families, and other priorities that we often forget about our responsibility towards the environment. It’s like we are contributing to the global superstorm 😨 Climate change is just one example of the drastic changes happening around us. The melting of polar ice caps, rising sea levels, and extreme weather conditions are just a few of the symptoms of this global problem. It’s clear that we need to start taking action now before it’s too late🕔
So, I asked myself: when was the last time I did something significant for the environment? And to my horror, I couldn’t remember. In the last six months, I hadn’t done anything major that would have reduced my plastic or carbon footprint. No wonder my daughter and I were paying the price with this god-awful flu😖
“With great power comes great responsibility” Although we are no Spiderman🕸️ but as individuals, we have the power to make a difference in the world, and we have a responsibility to use that power wisely. Let’s start by making simple changes in our daily lives, like using reusable bags and water bottles, and properly disposing of plastic waste.
Our actions matter! Our one small deed can help us change the fate of our children. We can all make a difference, no matter how small or big our actions may be. The important thing is to consciously think about our environmental responsibilities and take action. There are steps we can take to address this issue. By reducing our plastic consumption, properly recycling, and supporting businesses that prioritize sustainability, we can make a positive impact.
In the movie Avatar, the character Dr. Grace Augustine said, “All energy is only borrowed and one day you have to give it back.” We need to remember that the Earth’s resources are not infinite, and we need to start living sustainably to ensure a better future for ourselves and future generations.
It’s time for us to take responsibility for the future of our planet. Let’s start by doing something good for the Earth today and encouraging others to do the same. Together, we can make a difference 💖
Do a good deed today and share it! Let this light shine bright for a better tomorrow for all of us and our children!