Cut down use of plastics


Millions of plastic straws are discarded daily. — Filepic

It IS time we end the use of single-use plastics altogether.

We must act with some zeal and now. Consumers must stop the use of single-use plastics when we note that today, consumers use 31 million plastic straws daily.

Isn’t that too much? Can’t we drink straight from a cup as we do coffee or drink straight from a bottle? Do away with the straw.

We have to end this pollution. Too much is at stake as we note reports of plastics in animals and even whales.

We need to do more to protect Mother Earth and end this marine pollution.

To this end, we should have more campaigns to save the environment.

Teach children about the importance of all forms of life and how they contribute to the ecological balance.

We can teach them how to dispose of waste effectively. Hopefully, they will grow up to be responsible citizens.

We can participate in government initiatives and campaigns or support eco-friendly causes of non-governmental organisations and environmental groups.

Use our rights as citizens and consumers and participate in the formulation of government policies.

Consider taking these steps:

  • Respect life and renew our bond with nature. Without respect for nature and its biodiversity, there will be no desire to protect them.
  • Recognise that all living things have a right to live on this planet and that we should do no harm to them.
  • Improve our environmental awareness and knowledge. It would be good to read up on local and global environmental issues.
  • Practise the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (in order of sequence). The sequence is important as source reduction is usually the best way to minimise wastage.
  • Spread the environmental message and influence others.
  • Switch to energy-efficient habits, and where possible, equip your home with eco-friendly electric-saving solutions.

BULBIR SINGH

Seremban, Negri Sembilan

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