Walking down the main road of my town today, I witnessed one of the most shocking acts against the protection of the environment. A man, educated, got out of a van and threw a bit of paper in one of the flower pots around. Next to the flower pot, was, of course, a dust bin. Outraged, I went on my way, trying nevertheless to gather what had spurred the man to throw his litter in a flower pot instead of using a bin.
The environment, as you are most probably aware, is precious. We need it for the air we breathe in everyday and for the one we breathe out as well. Flowers beautify our surroundings and trees help rain to fill up our reserves of water. Already, the felling of trees for uses like paper or for the purposes of construction has caused the population of forests in the world to be around 39% only.
Plants, needy for the conditioning of the air, are also the main acting agents against global warming. Earth's mean surface temperature has increased. Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and scientists are more than 90% certain that it is primarily caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases produced by human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels, hence, pollution and of course, deforestation.
Hence, why couldn’t that adult man see the importance of not polluting his environment? Besides, the legislations of the country have made it clear that the environment is being catered to. To G-T to Ta–C is seen beautifully written on buses everywhere. Is it just a slogan meant to be remembered but not to be taken into consideration?
Mother Earth, surely, is desolate. As Blake wrote in his poem, Earth’s “locks” must surely be “covered with grey despair.” Her children, I would add, the ones to whom she gives a home, are of no care. Certainly, blind to her plight, selfishly seeing only through their own sight. If plants could talk, I do wonder, what would we have heard from them?