Rishikesh, India 2017. 🍃
In India, the negative impact humans are having on the enironment is very visible. 🍃
When I visited islands in Thailand and Cambodia, every beach, no matter how remote, was trash strewn. The only stretches of sand free from rubbish were cleared daily so that tourists could sunbathe.
At the time I complained often about pollution, but continued to use uneccessary plastic and contribute to the problem. Seeing the state of the islands I visited, is when I made a conscious effort to change. 🍃
I took the photo below recently on a trip to India. It provides the perfect metaphor for what's going on in th world. Maybe one day an individual thought: "I will just throw this one bag of rubbish over here. What possible impact could that have?" Day after day, year after year, the garbage built up until it became this horrible mountain. 🍃
The same is happening everywhere, but sometimes the damage is less obvious. Even the ebaches are cleared so that we don't ahve to see it. That can't carry on forever. Soon the problem will be too overwhelming to disguise. 🍃
Just like the person adding a trash bag to the mountain, we think that our actions couldn't possibly make a difference. But they can. If every person stopped drinking from single use straws, took their own cups to the coffee shop, brought unpackaged products, or ones wrapped in paper, used cloth bags and recycled their plastic waste, then the rubbish entering our environment would lower significantly. 🍃
The problem is complicated. A huge amount of blame falls on the shoulders of governments and corporations. But we are responsible too and we are not powerless. Us making small changes can have a big impact.
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