#givebacktonature – A Cleaner Sri Lanka

Give back to Nature – The Self

This should be a mantra that has to spoken to oneself to begin the day. Wherever we go, we see garbage, waste, landfill, plastics, glass, cans, paper etc which leads to an unaesthetic visual sight of the place, the unappetizing aromatic atmosphere around the place, where one has to carefully thread lest they step on yesterday’s breakfast or a base for tonight’s dinner – but worst – the possibility of disease that lingers around from germs that congregate at such waste sites.

Give back to Nature. The Youth

This should be what has to be taught in school every morning at assembly and at every recess during the middle of the day. School children knowing not to buy anything from vendors that come wrapped in plastic or that comes in plastics that cannot be recycled. School children looking to make and play with ornaments and decorations from the plastic thrown by others and not by the Plastics thrown on to shop shelves for selling by companies looking to profit from people’s ignorance. 

Give back to Nature. The Action

A series of beach clean-ups took place at various beaches around the Island and i was privileged to be a part of the team that assisted in cleaning things up and two of these beaches so far. 

The things we found – plastic bags, straws, containers, ice cream packets, yoghurt cups, plastic ropes and fibers, bottle caps, styrofoam, plastic bottles, SYRINGES WITH NEEDLES all on our beaches that we take our children to.

It was a back-breaking task, where i felt the sore muscle effects even days after the clean-up. which prompted me to buy a Picker Tool (yes, made of plastic but for for good deed and I shall look to utilizing it properly if ever it breaks at some point in time) and that helped alot and made the clean-up more effective and efficient.

So if you want to help out but feel nervous doing a clean up on your own – which I understand for i had all my tools and PPEs with me on the first time I went for a clean up but went early and so was very nervous myself thinking what would others think if i was cleaning up a beach while they bathed in it. Some of you may say not to bother with what others think at all, but there will always be a voice in your head that still tells you someone is watching you.

So if you want to help out, feel free to search on Social Media and join one of the campaigns that are being organized now to clean up various beaches around the Island. Or else, just post a request to gather people for a beach clean up and get it going yourself. 

Get recycling companies on board. Call them up. Get posters and learn from them and see the magic happen. 

There will be a time, if we continue the way we are going, that we will never see a green blade of grass again or a puddle of water that we can splash in anymore. Or the shade of a tree to rest under when the sun gets hotter and hotter because of Climate Change. 

The saying “The grass is always greener on the other side” may never literally hold true anymore for there will not be anymore grass – or if there is, might be in the form of a mutated growth now that is asking for milk and cookies while trying to cram knowledge into itself.

I may get lost during my travels. I may not know what the places I visit are or the deep history of sites pass through, but at least I get to enjoy the beauty and awe of it now which may not hold itself in the near future if we do not do anything about it. 

Give back to Nature…. and Nature will give back to you ten-fold.

Give back to Nature… before there is no Nature to get back from.

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