“We don’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Chief Seattle
As the days become longer, and the skies sunnier, we see and hear the birds more often, building nests and calling for a mating partner. It’s the spring time, again, with small flowers emerging through the last layers of snow, with birds singing happily around. The spring that brings everything alive, and never fails to bring us joy! Except maybe for some late snow falls, known under different names, such as “Onion snow”, “Robin snow”, or “Lambing snow”. Nevertheless, the spring is here😊
After a long winter, time we got so used with the white snow, it’s time to see a dramatical change in the scenery. While we wait the greenery replacing the dull landscape, the melting snow uncovers less gracious aspects, sometimes.
Living very close from Riverwood Conservancy, I developed a personal connection, naming the park sometimes “my park”, as I often end my walks along some of its trails. Credit River flows through the park, offering a great habitat to so many birds, and not only. With an ongoing growth of the city of Mississauga, the park has become even more popular, and you will not be surprised if you find no parking available on a sunny day.
But at this time of the year, many paths and trails may not be appealing to you, same as many fields across the city. I’m sure the municipality will send someone to clean the city soon.
I often think that our Earth does not deserve so much litter, and wonder sometimes what can we do better, to ensure our children will have a safe environment to live in. Plastic bottles, wrappers, and plastic bags seem to be the most common debris, and periodically blown away by the strong winds that became so frequent. Indeed, the plastic is our biggest enemy, as it might take up to 500 years to decompose. And if this does not sound bad enough, a worse scenario is the Styrofoam, as it is more harmful to the environment since it is not recyclable.
Heading down to your local park and picking up some trash might not be what you have in mind while going for a walk, but taking very little time to pick a thing or two might not do any harm (using gloves, of course). Actually, it will only give you a good feeling that you’re helping your community, your family. It is known that people who engage in kind actions become happier over time.
But the term “happiness” itself is debatable. Once, while I was waiting at an intersection, the driver from the car in front of me opened the door and threw away a full pizza box. I believe medium size, or large, as it didn’t fit through the window. He must have felt great if he did a such gesture. I played over and over, in my head, the scenario where someone would pick the box up from the middle of the street, and toss it back in his lap telling him “Hey Mr, you forgot something!”
As a consumer society, we tend to forget what is behind the marketplace. We like everything being packed in small sizes – it’s easing our life a lot, isn’t it? – but we fail to think where all those plastics, paper, Styrofoam wrappings end up. Being aware of how much litter is spread throughout the cities (and not only) may change our vision about a healthy environment. We don’t need to wait for Earth Day to do a good deed. We can get involved with any local organizations, or group of volunteers if we like to be social, or we can do it solo, or with a group of friends when the time permits. Taking care of our parks and paths doesn’t mean we need to clean up the city.
The small gesture of throwing properly our own garbage, ensuring it doesn’t go into the nature means a lot. That we leave no trace, and no garbage behind when we go walking or hiking. Or even at home, with so many strong winds and climate change, we can ensure our bins are closed properly at all times, so no risk to fly something away.
Canada is about to ban single-use plastic straws, cutlery, and bags by the end of 2022. We shall see. We already see paper straws in certain coffee shops, which are not really fun to sip with. You will figure out why, if you do😊 But well, we need to move on!
Is your country/community implementing measures to reduce pollution? What do you think we can all do better to minimize our carbon footprint?
On a happier note, this is how Riverwood Conservancy looks like when it comes back to life, hope you will enjoy this little video from last year😊
Live, Travel, Explore, and have a Happy Earth Day!!