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Water’s Shout for Help

Our planet is going through a major crisis commonly known as global warming. Ice in the Antarctic has started to melt, causing a rise in sea level which is highly dangerous to land-dwellers.

There are many things besides global warming which is threatening this planet. Here in Jakarta, Indonesia, we experience quite a lot of floods. Floods are caused by the ignorance of society in managing waste: for example, instead of recycling or disposing of  garbage responsibly it is dumped in sewers and rivers, causing disturbances in the smooth flow of our waters resulting in extensive flooding.

Our oceans and seas are screaming for help. Nowadays, technology everywhere is getting very advanced. People start providing new things to use, better things to use, mostly making it easier for us to get our needs. People are fishing with totally inappropriate tools (such as explosives, electricity, etc.) and they overfish these days. With these methods, the ocean habitat of fish, corals, and other organisms are damaged. In my opinion, habitat damage is the first step to extinction.

If one’s home is destroyed, where is one going to live? When people fish using explosives, they don’t just kill the adults of a specimen, but they also kill the younger ones, in other words, the next generation of that particular specimen that has yet to grow. Some fish are already extinct, like the Coelacanth fish from Bunaken, Manado, Indonesia. It is our duty as youths of the next generation to prevent this from happening. We must fight to preserve our national treasures.

Simultaneously, our oceans are being polluted by frequent oil spills. Oil spills happen largely because of human error. Usually, oil spills are caused by the leaking of tanks that carry oil from one place to another. Using products that contain oil, and then just dumping the waste into local water bodies also contributes to oil accumulation in our oceans. Water vehicles such as jet skis and motorboats could leak when they’re used. We can actually prevent this from happening by raising the awareness of communities about  how dangerous the effects of oil spills are.

Not only does it pollute oceans, it also endangers animals’ habitats and the animal themselves. Seabirds, in particular, are extremely affected by these oil spills. When their bodies get covered in oil, the oil adds weight to their own weight, making them unable to fly. Then usually, the birds attempt to get rid of the oil by eating it. This is very dangerous for birds since the oil is poisonous, meaning it leads to the bird’s death or at the very least torturous suffering unless it is given proper treatment.

As a young member of my society, I firmly believe that attending a youth seminar addressing concerns about the future of our planet would be very useful. It would allow me to learn more about how to prevent pollution in this tainted world. The idiom waste not, want not means that if we don’t waste anything, we will have enough of everything, and we will not need anymore.

As humans, we have a sinful inherited nature, greed. This is the reason we want many things that we don’t actually need, and sometimes we just take what we do have for granted. I would like to change how people see our environment; I would want them to notice the severe situation we are in right now.

Let us save our planet and heal it, and let us be the ones to make that change.

—by Fiona Aberima


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