Act Now!

The world is facing problems like never before. Contaminated water source, oil spills, and the abundant amount of waste are signs that the earth has reached its critical point. Man has been trying to find ways of handling this waste problem; from reducing, recycling, reusing, proper waste disposal, and even implementing some laws to cover this problem.

I think that the earth has been so polluted, that we may think that it is too late to stop. Problems have come but never seem to disappear. Even though many people seem to not care about this problem, there are still a few who are trying to find out the best way about handling this problem. I would like take part in the solution by joining this summit of Friends of the Earth International.

As youths, people underestimate us, saying that we’re just kids; we can’t do anything about this. But from this summit, we can learn and participate in solving this spreading global problem.

The theme this year, Waste Not, has really caught my attention. These simple yet profound words could be one of the solutions for our big problem. From the phrase, Waste Not, Want Not, we can learn that if we don’t waste anything, we will have enough. It is actually not a hard thing to do but, still, thousands and thousands of tons of waste are disposed right now and not all of them are disposed properly.

Because of the lack of waste sites and the increasing number of the earth’s population, man has no choice but to find an alternative way to dump the massive amount of waste, so out of ignorance they decide to dump the waste on our precious water sources. These acts of carelessness could pose a new set of problems, such as sickness. An example from Indonesia is the Citarum River. This river plays an important role in the lives of the people of West Java, providing for agriculture, electricity, water supply, and many more. But did you know that it is also one of the most polluted rivers in the world?

The river has been heavily polluted by human activity for years; more than 2,000 industries contaminate the river with harmful metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic and toxins. Thousands of people have suffered directly from the effects of this river, but still no one seems to care or do anything about it. This sense of ignorance is what I want to change from every people’s mind.

To be a part of the solution, I feel like I should join this summit, to learn more and observe how we, as youths, can participate in making the world a better place. Our thoughts and ideas don’t matter if we don’t act now! I also believe  that the aim of this summit is to  build our characters and minds, to understand how our future actions can result in a better or unpolluted world.

—by Patrick Bryan Nugraha

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