By the time this column runs this week, we will find Earth Day 2019 has come and gone and we are part way through the Township of Scugog’s Pitch-In week, a time where residents come together to clean up local neighbourhoods.
While it is nice, every year, to see people taking an interest around this time, cleaning up their town and learning more about green technologies, I think people should treat every week of the year like they do around this time of year.
This is not to say, Earth Day and Pitch-In week aren’t both important, but it is instead to say the ideas these events are based around should be on people’s minds all the time.
As residents, business owners, and employees, we all share and use the land we live on and work in, so, ideally, we all should have a vested interest in making sure it stays beautiful all the time. Including performing the kinds of acts, usually done by volunteers around this time of year, all year long, such as: picking up garbage when we see it on our trails, and in ditches, and parks; or alerting a volunteer group or municipality of a garbage issue, so they can discourage people from littering and then decide yourself not to litter; and learning as much as you can about how you can implement practices in your everyday life that are good for the environment.
On the topic of the beauty of the natural environment around you, I think it is also important to appreciate it. In a previous column which I wrote in 2017, I mentioned what's called nature deficit disorder, which is the theory that people are spending less time outside, leading to a whole host of behavioural issues and a lack of appreciation of nature. I encourage people to get outside as much as they can, to enjoy the natural environment in their area, and to foster an appreciation of nature for themselves. I believe the more people experience nature, the more likely they will be encouraged to keep it clean, and try to save the natural environment.
Over the years, federal and provincial politicians, environmental groups, and local residents have mentioned climate change as an important issue and a concern. It is obviously on a lot of people’s minds all the time, so education about green practices, and how to save wildlife and native plants should run all throughout the year, really.
Overall, my message to everyone reading this edition of the column is, as human beings we all share the same planet, so making sure your community and your world is a clean and sustainable place should always be top of mind, apart of us, no matter what time of year it is.
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