The planet doesn’t need us, we need the planet.

13 Dec 2018 The planet doesn’t need us, we need the planet.

The planet doesn’t need us, we need the planet.

What else can you say to people to encourage them to think about what they do and how they do it and how it effects the environment and potentially the people they love?

I was recently asked to contribute to an article for the media in Ho Chi Minh City. The article is trying to encourage people to stop littering or dumping into small channels, drains and large rivers. Authorities are becoming concerned with pollution and blockages causing flooding in the city. 

For people who may not understand the issues of plastic on health or that littering may affect ecosystems and that these ecosystems are a part of thier lives, its a tough one. How do you encourage them to consider the effects without that knowledge?

We all live in environments, even if it’s the urban environment or the city. At some stage we as individuals, our parents or our grandparents would have witnessed the change and the impacts of plastic or industry or waste on our local environment. 

How did we miss this change or did we just ignore it?

It seems so simple. To think of the environment as an interesting and complex system that has evolved over millions of years to work perfectly in sync. Different species working together, trees growing, generating oxygen, rivers flowing to the sea. If we remove trees or manipulate the rivers or put things in there that don’t break down and become part of the system then somewhere the system breaks.

We don’t drink petrol or eat plastic because it doesn’t feed our bodies and keep us healthy. So why would we expect our environment to cope with it? We see evidence of it not working when we walk by a creek we grew up playing in and see it polluted with toxins or plastic. We must notice that and start thinking and acting differently.

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The great news is that children are educating adults, they seem to get it more than anyone.

We are a part of this wonderful system that has been working for millions of years and all we really have to do is be conscious that what we do effects that thing we need to survive, the planet. No one is immune from that, not politicans or individuals. Once we start noticing a change or educate ourselves, then we need to stop or reduce the things that cause harm. 

Lets take some pride in our local natural environment, the creek, forest, swamp, lagoon or beach near your home. Care for it, show it to your children and appreciate it as if it you needed to, because you do. And isn't that nice to know...

Paul Hellier - Founder 

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