Healing the World Isn’t A Hobby Exclusive to Michael Jackson
We don’t protect the environment because it’s noble. We protect the environment because we are members of the human race. And the human race depends on the resources of planet Earth to sustain life. Planting trees, picking up trash at the beach, recycling plastic bottles, choosing an eco-friendly product, supporting green technology – these aren’t just pursuits of nobility, these are pursuits of sustainability driven by necessity.
We spend so much money and effort in safeguarding our health these days. We take vitamins A to Z, we hit the gym on a regular basis and we read magazines that give us weekly tips on how to live longer. With so much emphasis placed on the longevity of our lives as human, it is rather ironic that the same amount of money and effort aren’t invested in prolonging the life of our planet Earth. All of our attempts to live a longer life will go to waste if we live in a world that’s out of resources.
Imagine living in a world with no clean water, limited food and trash everywhere. In a world as such, it doesn’t make much sense to have perfect health because it won’t last. We cannot live in a world where our basic needs as human are compromised. The irony is made worse when our needs are compromised by our own actions and ignorance.
Question. Question. Question.
We are in dire need of making decisions that will improve the environment, not for anyone or any organisation but for ourselves. We can start saving the world simply by using our purchasing power as leverage. Just like we want to know the origin of the food that we consume for health purposes, we should question the sources of every product that we purchase. When purchasing any product, make it a point to question whether the materials of the product are extracted in a sustainable method, whether the materials are renewable or from a sustainable source, whether there are children being exploited to produce such product, whether the process of producing the product is environmental-friendly, and so on and so forth. Only when we have sufficient information on our hands, we can consciously make decisions to purchase products that won’t harm our environment and society.
With the advanced technology available in this era, manufacturers often have the options to produce their products in a sustainable method with sustainable sources. For example, instead of printing a book with fresh white papers, publishers can choose to use recycled papers that don’t put more trees to death. If a vast majority of consumers are demanding products that are made with sustainable sources, suppliers are left with no choice to meet such demand to stay relevant. In an election, every person’s vote counts. In saving our planet, each of our purchases matters. Each time we purchase an eco-friendly product we are voicing our desire for products that will better serve our planet. The louder our voice, the more imminent the suppliers have to choose the greener alternatives.