‘Stop the cycle of irresponsibility’


Isabel: There is an urgent need for each of us to take action.

A YOUNG boy opens the door. He turns on the switch, causing light to fill the empty room.

Finding nothing of interest in sight, he turns away and heads into the opposite direction.

He is too young to know of responsibility, to understand the ramifications of wasting electricity.

His parents walk by. They notice the light but do not bother to flick the switch.

After all, to them, climate change is not caused by common households such as theirs, but by large corporations with the power to make a change.

In her comfy chair, eyes rapidly scanning her documents, the boss tosses away the paper demanding her company to reduce its carbon footprints.

Why does it matter? She would not live long enough to see the ozone layer break apart.

To her, business comes first. Moreover, her company contributes significantly to the country’s gross domestic product.

The director looks over the script of his latest film. It is written precisely to entertain, and he is going to do it justice.

He knows what the world wants – fight scenes and witty dialogue – and he delivers.

The letter in his hand is tossed away. He silently mocks the sender, wondering why the person referenced some “obligation to the future”.

Global warming may be important but films intended to spread moral lessons won’t make it as blockbusters.

If the world needs more global warming awareness, it is up to schools to make the change – students are the future.

Sighing, the teacher puts away the last exam paper. Students hardly listen, and those who do only pay attention for the purpose of getting good grades.

Most of the younger ones have short attention span and barely remember their lessons.

How can she get them to effect the change the world needs to see if they can’t even change out of their uniforms into their Physical Education attire?

She isn’t going to fight for a cause that is destined to fail. It’s more productive to teach the students according to the requisites set by the education system.

Maybe the good Samaritans of the world would do something about it.

Sure, there are those who do their best to stop global warming – they campaign, talk to governments, and consciously create change.

Yet, there is little they can effect if everyone else continues their finger-pointing and neglecting their duties.

There is an urgent need for each of us to take action – it’s the only way we can stop the cycle of irresponsibility.

Isabel is a participant of the BRATs Young Journalist Programme run by The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (Star-NiE) team. Throughout the year-long programme, participants aged between 14 and 22 from all across the country experience life as journalists, contributing ideas, conducting interviews, and completing writing assignments. They get to earn bylines, attend workshops, and extend their social networks. To join Star-NiE’s online youth community, go to facebook.com/niebrats.

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