No act of kindness to Earth is wasted

Meghan Scanlan
Meghan Scanlan
Mahatma Gandhi once said we do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children.

These, to me, are some very wise and thoughtful words.

As we are all aware, thanks to many websites, newspaper articles, debates, discussions and news reports, today's environment is the source of a lot of head-scratching problems.

Our environment is so special and sacred that I believe we really need to look after and preserve it, and its many resources.

Some common problems that humans are causing are carbon emissions from cars and factories, rubbish dumping, wastage, and using unsustainable resources such as oil and coal.

From where I am standing, the world is not perfect and neither are we.

We need to think of those that are to come - our children and our grandchildren.

We need to look after the environment so it's there for them to enjoy, just like we do.

This means we have to take the time to separate the plastic from the rubbish and the beer cans from the cardboard.

But is that really too much to ask?

A little done by everyone can make a difference.

I don't think we need to shift the Earth. We just need to make a start.

If we all do something different that will help the environment, then we are well on our way to looking after it.

Something I get behind is the planting of trees.

It makes me sad to think about how much natural forest we take away from the environment every day.

Although it's a small gesture planting a tree, it is something I feel good about doing.

To me, the words of Mahatma Gandhi mean the Earth is not something we are given. It is ours to use, but we are borrowing it from our children.

This means it is the future's world and we need to look after and preserve it to return to our children in the future.

If all you take out of this is to do one thing, then I will be glad, as every little bit and every person can make a difference if we are all together.

So go out there, put your recycling out or plant a little fern.

Whatever it is you do, remember it may not make a difference to us right here, right now, but it will years from now when your children and your children's children are right where we are now.

•  Meghan Scanlan, Year 11, Roxburgh Area School


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