“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Do you remember the շաբաթօրյակ-s (clean up weekend) of our schools? The hunchback postures of your friends, people whom you hated and people who inspired you to learn and become? I can imagine you chuckle because the environment is not something we consider to be part of, it should always nurture us and amaze us so that we can post pictures on Instagram and get likes. This is how it is because there is “us” and “it”. “Trees will always breathe, so no need to bother,” you might interrupt and say. If this is how we use our cleverness if this is the reason that differs us from the rest of the animals, then sorry, but I should bother you, my friend, the only time we have is NOW, if we consider ourselves reasonable.
Plastics made of fossil fuels are just over a century old. Products made of plastic accelerated only after WWII. And now it would be crazy, but not impossible to imagine our lives without this single-use, throw-away culture. Even the food wrappers or cellophane have a lifespan of 1-2 minutes into hours, however, plastic items can take up to 1000 years to decompose. AN ENTIRE MILLENNIUM, just imagine…
The way you care for your friends or family, the same is nature to us (I hope for you too.) Weeks ago we gathered 70kg trash from the Circular park in Yerevan. During the cleanup, we were supported by the locals, foreigners, and kids! Luis Villazon considers it is possible “to sustain a habitable planet for 10 or 11 billion people” if and only if we care.
Next time when you take cellophane or throw thrash, make sure to remember when all the ice melts you are going to melt also once in an Earth, now in “Eh.”
Written by Mane Matevosyan