As all of you know, well all of you should know that today is Earth day! Yes, the one day that people actually decide to take Earth’s pollution and well being into cautious consideration. It’s great if you remembered, because more than half of the people that I know couldn’t even guess what day it was, let alone most of my teachers. It’s funny how when we were little Earth day was a special holiday to us, I remember loving the pictures of Earth we were asked to color, and how well we listened when we were told one of the most important lessons of our lives; protect this planet, It’s more than just a home.
It Amazes me that these lessons haven’t continued into our adolescent lives, considering how educated we have become on pollution and global warming. The fact that this generation has caused so much damage to this planet and yet Adults avoid this perfect chance to make us conscious about what is going on the world really makes you wonder. I applaud teachers and adults who have taken the time to reach out to younger generations and even older ones about these issues and what they can do to help. When it comes down to it this world isn’t ours. As much as we would like to conquer all corners of this beautiful landscape, it will never belong to us. We are visitors and we have to accept that one day we will pass on and leave this landscape to younger visitors that will have the same desires as we once did. How we choose to leave it is up to us. Maybe we believe that someone will come along and invent this perfect way to fix all our problems without the rest of us having to lift a finger, or maybe it’s the fact that people have given up.
“I won’t be here in 50 years it’s not my problem to deal with”
This response bothers me a lot, because yes it actually it does matter. We are leaving a legacy behind and I don’t want to be known as the time period that destroyed such a beautiful place with endless opportunities. This blog post was actually inspired by an activity we did today during English class. We all took a field trip around campus, walking and looking at the locations my teacher considered beautiful landmarks. I had one of those “Ahh” moments. The moment where you stop and look at things that you pass by everyday and notice its full beauty. The best part of the trip was getting to lie down on the grass and look at the clouds morphing into one another at speeds unimaginable. I could here some smart remarks from other students but it didn’t matter, as cliche as it sounds I felt like the luckiest person alive. I get to witness all these amazing things everyday. So I leave you with a poem written by Jordan Nichols, A 14 year old from North Carolina that can hopefully inspire you to make everyday a opportunity to help this beauty we live on.
Our Generation will be known for nothing.
We were the peak of mankind
That is wrong, the truth is
Our Generation was a failure.
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did
Was how we handled our problems
Was a joke
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true
Unless we turn things around
(Read from bottom to top now)