Chapter II – Businesses recycle individuals reuse
By now, everyone has some knowledge about the danger of using plastic bags. You may have read or watched a show about how plastic bags take 500 or 1000 years to decompose or biodegrade. You may know, or not, that these plastic bags end up in the ocean or somewhere in the wild. We produce and use so many of these bags we don’t know where to dump them anymore. The earth reached a catastrophic level now, partly, because of these plastic bags. Under the sea creatures and over ground birds and animals are dying because of them.
I still remember the day when my family was preparing to leave our small apartment in Kuwait in 1988 to resettle in Jordan. Before leaving, my mother cleaned our empty apartment in such a way that no one could ever tell a family had lived in this apartment for about 16 years. She scrubbed floors, washed windows and did everything possible to make the apartment as new and clean as possible. My mother didn’t clean the apartment to get back the deposit since there was no such thing at that time. I was 15 years old back then and so it didn’t make sense to me why she had to clean the apartment since we are not living there anymore. It was the logic of a young boy who thinks for the moment only. So, I remember that I asked her why she did all that cleaning. Her answer was “if we don’t clean the apartment the new tenants will talk about us.” It didn’t matter to her that we are leaving to a new country and the new stranger tenants don’t actually know us. But from her perspective she wanted to make sure that the new tenants are satisfied and happy with the cleanness of the apartment.
I know I learned a lesson from my mother that I need to take care of things that others will use later on. Since we don’t know when the last day of life is, let us not treat the earth as we are the last people to live on it. Our children, grandchildren and may be many more generations to come will live on this earth and they themselves want a share of what the earth can offer. Be thoughtful and considerate to the next generation. Let them think of you as a hero, as someone who worked hard to save them the trouble rather than the greedy bear that ate the whole pie.
Since we should always start with ourselves before telling people what to do here are some few things I already started doing as my part of saving our beloved earth.