Wanton throwing of plastic garbage
A Filipino-American scientist in Southern Leyte has urged the youths to go “green” and think “green” and to be more conscious of the present environment by engaging themselves in community works like picking up plastic bags and other non-biodegradable materials that are form of garbage and which litter in their own communities. As the problem of environmental degradation resulting to climate change becomes more and more urgent, the youths whose future will be more direly affected by climate change, should engaged themselves in climate change mitigation and think ways and means to minimize the problem by doing little things that they can contribute to at least act on this problem.
Wherever we go whether in the vacant lots, backyards, meadows, farms, coastal areas, rivers, creeks, river banks we see plastic garbage everywhere wantonly being thrown wantonly by careless and irresponsible residents. The bigger the number of population reside in a certain place, the bigger volume are these plastic garbage.
But what is really disturbing is the fact that these plastic garbage and other non-biodegradable materials do not decompose until at least hundreds of years. Recycling them is one thing to confront the problem, but at the rate that residents throw their garbage mostly plastic recycling only helps a little. The practice of some rural communities of dumping those materials in a common ground only magnify the problem.
The suggestion of some individuals to dig their own pits in their own backyards or households if space permits where they can keep their own plastic garbage could be a better option to act on the problem.
The different Local Government Units (LGUs) throughout the country should pay a key role in this problem. They should not only introduce measures that will really penalized people who are fond of doing this, but also conduct information campaigns down to the barangay level. This should be done NOW before we will reach the point of no return.
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