Have you ever eatenÃ‚Â in a restaurant but then just left the food on the table, unfinished? Or have you ever wasted your allowance on something that you perhaps didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly want or need? I bet it has happened to most of us , or maybe even to all of us at least once. But haven’t you ever heard of the term: Waste Not, Want Not?
This famous quote might be turning a bit rusty and clichÃƒÂ©, but it’s the truth, and it is as well pretty exact. The rule is simple: you waste nothing, you’ll want nothing. Basically, it’s just a way of saying that if you don’t waste anything, you will always have enough for your needs. The example above is a just a simple advertisement of this rule. Now, let’s consider the bigger picture. Can we apply this rule to make changes to the environment?
Most of the time people donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give a second thought before throwing trash. What if it can be reused? Items such as plastics, glass, papers, and metal shouldn’t be wasted, for they can be reused and be manufactured again into something new. Plastics and paper could also be reused to make lots of kind of arts and craft. This would challenge people of all ages to think out of the box and be creative. In some countries like Indonesia, most dust bins in public areas aren’t divided into categories such as paper or plastic, organic or inorganic.
In the end, trash isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t recycled or reused, but they wouldn’t reduce either; it just keeps on increasing. At my school, IPEKA International Christian School in Jakarta, this is not the case. If you drop by for a visit, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll notice that most of our trash bins provide for students and staff to dispose of trash responsibly.
Another way to apply Waste Not, Want Not in saving the environment is to handle organic waste. Waste such as banana peels or dried leaves could be used to make compost, or fertilizers. Research states that when organic waste is put on or buried in the soil, the waste can decompose in the soil, making the soil richer and fertile. This will not only lessen the trash in an environment, but also make the soil around your house more fertile.
Natural sources of the earth should also be wisely used and kept. Natural sources that are not renewable, such as petrol, must be cherished, or used wisely. These days, people are exploiting the gift of the earth. What if we ran out of these sources one day? It will take thousands of yearsÃ¢â‚¬â€or even moreÃ¢â‚¬â€for them to exist again! It would perhaps be a better idea for us to use and make advantage from renewable sources instead, such as solar power, wind, water, heat from the earth, and plants. It would be wiser for us to not only depend on the not renewable sources, but also to use the renewable source.
We are blessed with this earth, and as the host of the planet, we have the responsibility to nurture it. To be one of the youths of the planet, we hold the future of this earth. I am glad that there is a summit inviting youths to state their thoughts about these issues.
Most youths are underestimated for their age, but I believe each of us has a strong spirit and will enough to make a change. Hopefully, this summit will spark that spirit and help it make a start. If no oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s starting, how do you expect a change? As Michael Jackson said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“It starts with the man in the mirror.Ã¢â‚¬Â
You can always start with yourself, then the people around you will hopefully follow. Also, as a youth coming from my country, Indonesia, I would like to learn a thing or two, and get inspirations on how I could take care of my country and my earth. I love my country, but I admit there are many weaknesses which are seen every day; piles of trash everywhere is but one of them. I would like to start a change and make a difference. After all, if we won’t take care of this earth, then who will?
Ã¢â‚¬â€by Kaizerin L. Tanzil