Our duties and responsibilities, and ways to save the planet It is without doubt our responsibility as humans to take care of the planet earth. It is clearly in our own interest if we want to keep on living here. Unfortunately the human kind lived long before they understood the brutal impact their ways of living could have on the environment around them. Newer research proves that people in the industrialized areas in Western Europe and Northern America use way more resources than is ecologically sustainable. If all the people on our planet had the same way of living, with all the use of energy, climate emissions and waste, it would take six earths to make this sustainable. Therefore time is way overdue that we take some action to save our planet. We know it, and itâ€™s never too late to do something.
The Earth needs us. And we need the Earth.
Taking action to save the planet is not something that is done overnight. Things that have been disintegrated over many years might take twice the time or longer to gain its strength back, and some things are unfortunately irreversible, such as saving some extinct animals. Some people may think that whatever they do, it will not make a difference, but it is important that everyone does whatever he or she can. Every little action can make a difference if everyone contributes. It is important that ordinary men, women and children do their share of duties to keep our world clean and green, and that politicians, governments, and those who have the power in the world, take overall actions that we all support and follow.
We might not see a big difference in our lifetime, but there will be people coming after us. Our children are the first in line to take over the responsibility. Therefore it was natural to ask the children in our school what they think they can do to help keeping the earth clean. Classes on all levels were involved in the work with this question. The teachers chose to do it in various ways. Some did class talks, while others did more individual work. Anyhow, it was interesting to see how also the youngest in our school had some clear ideas about this. Even the six-year-olds were well informed about the issue and contributed with many ideas on what to do. Class 2b did a class talk about how to keep the earth clean. These 2nd grade students (age 7 - 8) are concerned about the amount of garbage that is left in the nature. To help the earth stay clean they think we should not throw garbage in the nature, and if we see anyone doing it we should tell them that it should go in the garbage cans. If we see garbage on the ground we could pick it up, and we must remember to take all our waste with us when we leave a place. We should remind each other about this to protect the nature from garbage. We can even wash and sweep the ground to make it look clean ď Š It is also important that we do not throw waste in the water, since the water is also an important part of nature.
Another thing that these children think we can do easily is to use the car less. By riding a bike or walking, there will be less pollution. The children also think we should not cut down trees, but if we do so we should plant new ones. And we should leave the flowers alone. These things are things we can all do from a very young age.
Class 6a did individual work on the topic. They were all given an A5-sized paper and were told to reflect upon the question “How can we keep the earth clean?” Some of their illustrations are decorating this text. Here is an example of one student’s work: We can keep the earth clean by biking or walking where you’re going. We can recycle and sort our waste. When we drive there’ll be more emissions than when we take the bus. To keep the earth clean we must be nice and help others. Help the earth!
The 6th graders (age 11 – 12) agreed with the 2nd graders that throwing garbage in the right places, driving cars less often and saving trees are important issues. One of these students also suggested that more electrical cars should be produced. Other things they meant will contribute to saving the earth, are recycling and waste sorting. We should also rinse the emissions, for example from factories, before it is let out in the nature. We should take care of animals, not killing them for unnecessary purposes. We should use less electricity. In general, they think we should use less of most things; paper, cardboard and other things. We should inherit stuff from each other instead of buying new things all the time. We should use more ecological products. One of the students even mentioned that if we stop fighting and stop the wars it will contribute to a cleaner and greener earth. Let’s hope we can do what our children suggest, and that the people coming after us will live to see the difference. Let’s work together to keep our world more clean and green!