THE DISRESPECTED ENVIRONMENT

     When I was very young I asked my mom how long this planet was going to last us. I had heard that the earth was warming up, there where holes in the ozone layer and the trees, that we needed to solve these problems, where being butchered. My kind mom took away my worries and said that this planet was strong and by the time the resources where exhausted, Id be long dead . Either way, humanity is so glorious that our technology would repair any problem, or find a new planet to live and trash. Sadly she believed in the opposite of what's happening today. According to the world's top scientists ( posted in "The Scientists Warning to Humanity" in 91) if we keep the rate of environmental destruction we have today, we only have 30 to 50 years to the point of no return (irreparable damage). Unless we all start making changes in our attitudes to mama nature, she'll punish the worst plague of this world, and eliminate us.

     I have to admit that I didn't always care that much about nature. Living in big cities all my life, I had a separation from the life force and felt that the concrete jungle was the true reality. I was apart from nature instead of a part of it. But for my luck and destiny, I got a job doing some Tree-planting for a couple of months, in middle of the bush. It was difficult to live without the comforts of civilization but eventually I learnt to appreciate simplicity, a great gift. It was this experience that gave me a new love for nature. Away from the fake masks of society you can see things more clearly and realize what is real. Call me a "tree-hugger" if you will, but there's no shame in living in harmony and receiving the energies from other living creatures.

     As my love for nature grew, I felt the duty to protect it. Eventually I became a vegetarian and joined the "Green Earth" club in school. Surprisingly, today I've become the president of this club and though it's sometimes time-consuming, it's a great pleasure to lead many young motivated peeps who care about the good of "the all" before their own personal benefit. Our main goal isn't to raise funds, but to inform the rest the state of emergency we live in, so they can then act upon this knowledge. We start by teaching ourselves, at our weekly meetings (Thursdays at 5:30 in 2c.11) either with guest speakers or group discussions. This info can then be taught to our friends and family. We also have a few projects like selling mugs (to eliminate Styrofoam use), get fair trade organic coffee for the cafeterias, get composting, and make sure the recycling system runs smooth. We also have "Eco Tours" that's when a teacher donates one of his classes so that I can give a awakening speech to his students. Though small and slow in appearance, our efforts do add up and it clearly counts.

     There are too many environmental problems in our modern days to get into details. I'd have to say Global Warming is the strongest one cause of the chain of disasters it starts. But we also have holes in the ozone layer (=skin cancer), pesticides (poison) in our water and food, the killing of the rainforests (for paper we waste and cows we eat) , extreme exploitation and use of fossil fuels (there are other options but the corps don't want to invest), the carnage of limited resources, killing of "bio-diversity", etc, etc. All of these are interconnected and directly affect us even if it's not totally obvious.

     Please realize that each little action you do affects the generation below you. We already live in a world with contaminated water and air for example, and it will be even worse for your children. To help solve these problems, it isn't necessary for you to join an organization. Simply live a life that is conscious of your actions. Start by learning a bit more about it and talk about it with your peers. Avoid driving, save energy (water, electricity, meat, etc), boycott corporations, recycle, don't be wasteful, etc. Most importantly, leave the city madness sometime and go fall in love with something green so that you will then act upon these feelings.