Keeping it Clean: why is it so difficult?

Keeping it Clean: why is it so difficult?

Keeping it Clean: why is it so difficult?

Dira Eco-Friendly, Going Green, Green Living

We all like it when our house is clean and feel proud when we receive compliment. We all live on this planet. If this planet is our home then why are we not taking care of it? Our oceans are filled with plastic, our air is polluted, and over grounds are contaminated with garbage.

Let’s make it clear that plastic is a creation by the fossil fuel industry. The plastic litter that cannot be recycled is burned causing air pollution. A large portion of plastic litter ends up in the ocean and comes back to us in our food chain through the fish we eat, and a majority is dumped in landfills. But it is also illegally dumped in national parks and forests.

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It is difficult to prevent waste when there is a culture of consumerism. We often tend to buy things we don’t need but still by them because they look “cute” but this is not the only problem. Our biggest problem is that we consume too much plastic every day. How many plastic straws, plastic bags, forks, plastic cubs, do we throw away?

In addition to the culture of consumerism, another problem that causes waste is the lack of importance to family values. What do I mean with this? If you were taught by your parents to keep the house clean when you were a child then why don’t you apply these values you learned as a grown-up in your own house? Instead, we are having big parties at home, and throwing the waste away in the most irresponsible ways. Most of which ends in nearby parks or forests. Sounds familiar? It’s is unacceptable behavior.

Today the amount of plastic waste globally is so much that only recycling will not work because there is new plastic imported every day. The solution is very simple, stop importing plastic which will eventually decrease plastic production. By closing the “tap” (the import of plastic) the management of the existing plastic waste could improve. Then recycling and up-cycling can be actual solutions.

If we are going to wait on the government to do something, it will take forever or may never happen, so we have to take action ourselves, then the government and corporations will take notice. We must realize that as consumers we have the power to demand change from our government and corporations. The earth is our home, and we are killing it. Let’s do something to correct this! So what can we do now?

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USE LESS PLASTIC

We can start by taking notice of the amount of plastic we buy. Plastic is everywhere, and it is very difficult in the beginning but it is possible to change. Many countries are starting to ban single-use plastic. Plastic bags are replaced with canvas bags, cotton bags, tote bags. Plastic straws are replaced with paper, metal, bamboo or glass straws and plastic utensils are replaced with metal and wooden utensils.

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SUPPORT THE CLIMATE STRIKE

Young people are not waiting on the adults to do something on climate change and they are taking action with climate/school strikes inspired by climate change warrior Greta Thunberg Let’s stand with them!

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THE TRASHTAG CHALLENGE

The trashtag challenge encourages people to pick a place filled with litter, clean it up, and post before, and after pictures with the hashtag #Trashtag. This challenge helps raise awareness on the amount of plastic waste we have to deal with on a daily basis. This challenge has been around since 2015 but has been recently revived by young people and gone viral. For far too long, viral trends have brought out the worst in us, but this challenge is proof that they can bring out the best in us as well.

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What will you do? Let’s share our experiences to learn from each other and contribute to a clean environment for everyone.

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4 Comments

Dave August 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm

The tashtag challenge is a great idea: You’re actually doing something that benefits the environment and doesn’t cause any harm to yourself. I’m surprised it has been around for a while and isn’t viral yet like the other “challenges”. I wonder why?

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    Dira September 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Hi Dave,

    It has been around for a while. For long being pro-environment wasn’t considered “sexy”.
    The challenges related to causes, promote either a financial donation or some kind of action (some which are not very smart). The trash tag challenge has no financial link and is about direct action to clean open spaces. the results are posted as evidence: the before and after. It promotes a clear process.
    With the other challenges, I doubt there is a clear process. It raises the question: how do you know what you donated is being used for the cause and not for something else?

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Jane September 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm

I guess it’s just a matter of awareness: understanding the importance of it.
For those of us that have that we just need to keep pushing.
We did the trashtag challenge but a week later there was trash again so we did another one. This time one of our young volunteers monitored the area with his drone and now we have some evidence that we shared on social media. Some people were identified and called out. We need to keep up the fight to clean our home and work together to maintain it that way.

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    Dira September 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Great initiative! Thanks for sharing your experiences. I hope you don’t mind for others to copy what you guys did.

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