If there is one thing the millennial generation knows, it’s that the Earth is dying. We’re told that pollution is killing our planet and that global warming is wreaking destruction on nature. It’s our responsibility, supposedly, to clean up our mess. Well, as millennials, we have one chance. And it’s our generation’s chance to make a real difference. Any twenty-something knows that, unlike our parents, they are the ones who can finally end the pollution, save the planet, and make it a better place. And it’s time to start now.
What Should Be the Mindset of a Responsible Earthling?
We have a lot to learn. As imperfect beings, we frequently make Earthly decisions in our own self-interest, without consideration of the impact they have on the entire ecosystem. For example, we want clean water, but we pump pollutants into our rivers, lakes, oceans, and the atmosphere that poison the sources of that water, so everyone ends up using bottled water. We grow our crops using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the resulting run-off contaminates our waterways.
The planet we live on is our home, and we cannot leave it vulnerable to the whims of a few greedy cretins, who, if given the reins, would treat our planet as a garden rather than our one and only home. As part of our environment, we earthlings should take greater steps to ensure its protection and long-term sustainability, not just for ourselves but for all life on the planet. (Not all life, though.) This means preserving our planet’s precious natural resources and limiting pollution as much as possible. It also means taking steps to conserve and recycle our household waste and properly dispose of toxic waste.
As a Responsible Earthling, What Should You Do?
There are many things adults—and children—should do to care for the earth. Among them are recycling plastic, reducing, reusing, repurposing, and using less electricity. Here are more ways you can do your part:
- Be knowledgeable about environmental issues. Environmental issues are problems that affect the environment: air, water, soil, and biodiversity. Environmental issues can include climate change, environmental pollution, deforestation, and species extinction. Recent environmental disasters, calamities, and tragedies have stirred the world into increasing awareness of the need to safeguard the planet. However, we must be proactive, showing concern for our ecosystem, not reactive, when it comes trickling down to us.
- Practice sustainable living. Most people simply don’t know where to start when it comes to living sustainably. It can be overwhelming, particularly since our planet is in dire straits. But the good news is that there are plenty of simple ways, such as recycling, to take small steps to move towards an eco-friendlier lifestyle. These steps may seem small and insignificant, but they add up. And before you know it, you’re well on your way to living sustainably.
- Recycle products and be mindful of your own consumption. It’s common knowledge that recycling kicks butt, but did you know that recycling is one of the significant responsibilities of a good earthling? If you’ve been recycling for a while, you probably realize that there are a ton of ways to recycle. We’ve all seen those bins with multi-colored arrows pointing upward, but have you ever wondered how that works? If you’re curious, read on for eight fun facts about recycling.
- Participate in making the change. The reason behind the increase in the rate of pollution on the earth is because we are the least aware of our responsibility towards mother earth. The earth is the only home we have, and we should preserve it and protect it as much as we can. One way we can protect it is by not using plastic bags, straws, cups, and bottles. If we all do this, then it would be a great help.
Are you one of those who have considered the fact that the earth is our home? Has the thought ever crossed your mind that what is on Earth is affecting us? Now it is time to take action! Do your part for Earth and help it turn Green! Start by taking responsibility for the waste you create.