The responsibility of lecturing by setting the example
It is well known that acts communicate better than words, and there is simply no better way to acquire new habits than by changing the way we act. In this sense, we want to promote environmental responsibility through commitment and action But a problem so serious and rooted in past and present habits makes it unavoidable that the required actions transcend those that are within the reach of the smallest members of the family. It is a moral duty and an environmental debt that adults and parents must assume, not only to repair the damage done but also to set the example for the new generations to come through action.
As necessary as avoiding the use of disposable plastics in our daily lives, just as necessary, is leading activities such as the collection of plastic waste in our community, promoting awareness about plastic pollution in all possible areas, such as, for example, parent and representative groups at our children’s school, places of worship, or even local businesses; support the adoption of policies that regulate or prohibit the use of disposable plastics by regional governments, etc. The list could be as extensive as the degree of involvement that we decide to have, and we must involve ourselves effectively in a profound way, since only then, can we generate tangible and lasting changes; This is the only way we can achieve a paradigm change in the relationship between society and plastics, especially disposable plastics and those used for packages and packing.
Even when we are on the verge of almost permanent plastic pollution of the environment, it is never too late to start taking action. What can really make the difference is that we do, at least, enough in a permanent manner, and for that, we must consciously adopt these new habits far beyond the activities we want to share with the younger members of the family; that is, we have the duty as adults, to inform ourselves and believe that we can begin the required change to make the planet a little better, the one we want for ourselves and for them.
Humanity is now at a crossroads. There is still time to choose between continuing on the road we are on, arrogance, selfishness, lack of empathy, polluting the environment or attain a greater awareness, promote corrective action, education and greater responsibility for the future of everyone.
The eternal struggle of good against evil.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good man do nothing.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797), Irish writer, philosopher and politician.