Theodore Roosevelt once said, “To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed”. Greetings ladies and gentlemen, my name is Priscilla Mungati and I am a student of year 11.
The place we call our home can be described as so many things. Pristine, Exquisite, Immaculate. But no one dares to mention the entity that is mother nature. By definition, mother nature is a personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in form of the mother. We tend to forget that the world we live in is not inherited from our ancestors but borrowed from our children. We disregard the importance of keeping our surrounding ecosystems clean and instead go ahead to destroy them. The earth is the only home we have so we better act and treat it like it deserves to be.
The world we live in is quite precious. As humans, naturally we have a connection to nature, and we may not realise it, but nature is a teacher to us all. Nature teaches us to be truly present and be aware of our surrounding in daily life. It teaches authenticity by giving you opportunities to be alone with yourself in a truly non-judgemental environment. It teaches us to be grateful and appreciate the positive things in life. But instead of taking the time to appreciate nature and all it does for us, we are debasing it. Nature is the solution to unhappiness. As Debasish Mridha once said, “Tranquillity, serenity, and beauty of nature taught me how to find happiness in life and in the silence of eternity”.
There is so much we can do to protect the earth. We just need to put an initiative. Take time to plant a tree or to care for the habitats of the small creatures in our surrounding. The fact is the little actions we do can actually make a big difference on the earth. We are not destroying for ourselves, but for every other living thing as well. Take time to actually research on the wellbeing of the environment and help save the earth. Nature is our only true connection left to humanity and destroying it really says something about your character.