- Today, on Earth Day, I won’t ask you to start loving the planet, stop consuming plastic, become vegan, live minimal, give up fast fashion or plant a tree. I won’t ask you to reduce, reuse and recycle, conserve water, choose sustainability, understand, educate and volunteer for climate change or use energy efficient lightbulbs. I won’t ask you to buy second hand, buy local products, invest in a travel mug, reduce paper wastage, stop using coffee stirrers, or plastic straws. I won’t ask you to carpool or use public transport, stop throwing cigarette buds on the roadside, drain less chemicals into our oceans, not have children, adopt animals instead of buying, and finally, I won’t ask you to stop making excuses.
Today, on Earth Day, I will only ask you to reflect within, analyse yourself and your surroundings and THINK. Think whether your needs have eco friendly alternatives or not, think whether you need that plastic water bottle or not, think whether your carbon footprint can be reduced or not. Are you telling me, you’re so used to convenience that a slight change in your patterns will rip your life apart? I don’t think so, you know. Today, I just want you to sit back and really THINK of ways in which you can cut down on things that you don’t really need. Tell the waiter you do not need a straw with your shake while ordering, tell your caretaker to use only one jute bag for the groceries, pin point at a friend and a parent every time they misuse water, electricity, plastic and paper. Research, educate yourself and tell them about the alternatives. Tell them what can be done. If it feels too uptight to them, good. It should. Because this is the time to THINK and ACT and well, be uptight about your ideologies. Don’t leave this on your to-do list for later for it might get too late. Too late to save your home. Your fauna. Your flora. Your oceans. Your lands. And then, your own species.
No one can change their patterns overnight but you can make changes slowly, with every passing day. Charity begins at home and I’m not asking you to stop living, I’m only asking you to live mindfully.
Today, on Earth Day, I hope you THINK about the