Today is Earth Day. It is a day set aside, annually, to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our beautiful planet. Earth Day It is celebrated by more than 193 countries around the world every year.
For those who have travelled far and wide across the breath of the earth, you will agree that one never ceases to be amazed about the absolute wonder of God’s creativity. You think you’ve seen the best forest, or the bluest ocean or most unique creatures, until you get to your next location. The beauty of God’s awesome wonders is absolutely amazing!
From the vast seas to remote islands that look like it’s been copy and pasted from a still picture, the glory of God is evident in all that He has created.
BUT, I don’t believe we are doing a good job of looking after this gift called earth. We humans have been and continue to be negligent, destructive and abusive to our world.
Wastage and misuse, mostly from ignorance and pure greed is slowly eroding the earth. I fear for the future generations coming after us. What state will the earth be in when we hand it over to them?
We all have a responsibility to look after planet earth. It’s a collective responsibility. We shouldn’t leave the protection of our planet to Greenpeace or volunteers who come out to physically protest (like we saw in the past few days in the UK) against the damage we are all responsible for. We all need to play our part. The repercussions of what is happening to the world we live in will affect each and every one of us. It is imperative and paramount that we ger preoccupied, become concerned about and care about the earth we live in.
And the care starts from where we are. We can start by doing our own bit from our little corner of the word. For instance, choose reusable vessels as opposed to plastic ones, source and choose to use ethically produced goods as opposed to otherwise. It could be as little as using paper straws at your kids birthday party as opposed to plastic or using recyclable hygiene products – products that will not harm the environment in its making or in its disposal.
We can also choose to do our wastage properly and ethically! We should not be throwing garbage about that it then infiltrates the waterway system, harming, deforming and killing our eco-system and in turn us.
We only need to look around us, watch / read the news and we can see the ramifications of our actions, right before our very eyes and is coming back to haunt us; swiftly!
So, today as we celebrate the beauty and the gift of our planet, let’s pause and think about how we are treating it. Let us then make a conscious decision and determine to do better, from our little corners of the earth. From the little to the large actions, let us honour and cherish the beautiful, rich and glorious earth God has given us. If we look after it well, it will look after us back in return.
Happy Earth day beautiful people!