Good morning World.
Here is the challenge I propose you today.
If you believe that resources that we usually discard as “waste” have an intrinsic value, then the “waste” concept is wrong and must change in our minds. You should start NOW to make that change and make a *RESPONSIBLE USE of resources mandatory. For that the only thing requested (to us as individuals) is an attitude and awareness to the problem.
Resources (in this sense) are all materials which are suitable to be transformed (plastic, nylon, metals, paper, waste oils, electronics) and given a new utility. Therefore wasting materials is disrespecting Nature and the goods that have been provided/extracted to supply our desires/needs. Moreover “Waste” (as we call it!) is also an economical resource and a potential source of income for many (for you, if you’re one of the “eco-nomical” type of person).
– Make responsible choices when you buy materials/resources. Choose those that cause less impact and will last longer. Buy recycled materials, if they can make the same job.
– Take you bags with you to shop.. or maybe find yourself a good “backpack” (or even make the backpack yourself according with you needs using available materials. Be creative)
– Recycle more… recycle glass, plastic and papper… in fact, recycle everything! (Think about the trees and the bees!)
– Don’t waste… or waste as much as you REALLY NEED.
– Re-use your materials. Make of them what you need. Maybe ask someone that can help you with that (like the engineer of the family). Unite efforts and be creative!!!
– Make sure your electronics and electro-domestic have the appropriate end of live. (is this asking to much!?).
The challenge is the following:
If you recognize the modern utilization of resources and materials, and if you understand the environmental problems of their consumption, then I would like to see yourself taking your own picture (selfie, or not.. whatever, nobody cares), in a simple and humble manner, showing the world that you care. Use your image to make awareness in your closest circle (make a compromise to yourself), help to educate this and the future generations for a more sustainable way to live in our Home (earth).
The messages that should appear, are those in the context of your concern to the resource utilization. I give some short examples below.
– NO PLASTIC
– NO PLASTIC IN OUR OCEAN
– FOR A RESPONSIBLE USE OF PLASTIC
– RECYCLE and RE-USE / TRANFORM
If you send me your photo ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) will gladly post among the photos in this gallery which show people that CARE! Sharing is caring!! ;) . Moreover, fell free to attach a short and relevant commentary or solution. The ideal would even be, if any of you could use it where you have more visibility in social-networks (let’s say, Facebook, Instagram, whatsoever..)
LET’S GO… SHOW ME, TO YOU AND THE WORLD WHAT YOU GOT! ARE YOU GOING TO IGNORE, or YOU’LL STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS RIGHT???
My very best regards.
Pedro Moreira (BSc. Biologist & MSc. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation – Lisboa, Portugal) photo was taken in Chile. He delivers the following message: “The plastic can be use to answer the needs of communities with resources scarcity. To transform plastic in ‘eco-bricks’ could be an answer to provide construction materials where it’s more needed, as it is for some Chilean communities “
Diana Garcia Benito (double BSc. Marine and Environmental Sciences / DeepSee Submersible Pilot from Caracas – Venezuela), photo by Vicky Cajiao. They sends the following message from a submersible at 300m depth in Cocos Island – Costa Rica: “The education and morality are powerful instruments to make big changes. We don’t have to fight against big monsters, changing your self and contributing with right actions (bit by bit) you can make huge difference and demolish a wrong system. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
You are the key to make things happen. “
Hervé Zazamouk (Marine Biologist – Brest – France) message is: “In addition to the various problems related to plastic on the environment, the urgency here is to limit the plastic bag distributed so crazy in any grocery store in the area. These bags are directly swallowed by turtles who take it for jellyfish which they feed. The beaches of French Guiana count among the world’s largest nesting leatherback, green and olivartes turtles. It is therefore to limit the impact of plastic for these species survive in humans and our grandchildren can discover not in aquaruim but in their natural environment.”
Isabel Areosa (Marine Biologist and MSc student, from Cartaxo – Portugal) message is coming from Cape Verde, where is written in a wall: “Treatment of wastes is to enhance the value of solids (resources)!”
Breno Toste (Marine Biologist and MSc student – from Ilha Terceira (Açores) – Portugal, message is clear “We want to see whales and species diversity in the ocean, rather than PLASTIC in quantity!!”
Jorien Rippen (Marine Biologist and MSc student – from Groningen – Netherlands) ; photo by Siel Wellens (Biologist and MSc student – from Diest – Belgium) .
Mariana Mari (Brasil) message is: ” Whole cookies wraped ONE BY ONE. It means 7 (S-E-V-E-N) single little plastic bags. 8 counting the big one. What about saving our resources, Bauducco?!”
José Carvalho (Marine Biologist and MSc student – from Porto – Portugal) message is: “For less plastic in our Ocean! Please reduce plastic use when you’re at the beach, help collecting it and bring it back to the right place!”
Mariana Pereira (Marine Biologist from Porto – Portugal) message is: “Part of the problem is that we don’t recognize how this issue starts with the individual. Make small changes every day! The Ocean is screaming for your help!
For a healthy ocean without plastics!”
Mafalda Jorg (Portugal) message is: ” Less plastic – For the sake your kids, and a healthy Earth for the generations to come!”
Linda Buame (Ghana) message is : “Waste management is easier said than done. If everyone can be more conscious to carry out the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Reclaim) practically in dealing with waste, then we can preserve the aesthetic view of our environment. Let’s do this together.”
Priscila Silva (Brasil) message is: “Environmental awareness is something necessary, and is something that must emerge from within each one of us.
We are nowadays causing massive deaths in terrestrial and marine life, and I wonder how many more species must gone extinct until we figure out we are the problem and that we should certainly cease the terrible impact we have by being careless about our waste and resource consumption!?
Do your part, be AWARE and be willing to change your mind.”
Ivana Pejovic’s (Servia) message talks for it self.
Gabriel Saada (France – Paris) message is : ” I will fight for solutions to use more sustainable materiasl!!”
Ricardo Coelho (MSc. Biologist and writer from Portimão – Portugal) message is : “Try to find alternatives before you quit to be more sustainable!!”
Mauro Hilário (MSc. Marine Biologist from Arrentela – Portugal) message is : “Responsible use of plastic will keep our Global Ecosystem Alive!”
My message is: “Reusing materials will make us more autonomous from the capital lobbies. “
Julian Olaya (Biologist and EMBC Marine Conservation International MSc student from Colombia – Medellín) message is: “Alternatives to plastic exist for most of the objects you use. Use plastic responsibly, or when you have no choice”
João Rodrigues (MSc. Marine Biologist, Dive Instructor and Underwater Cave-Explorer, from Torres Novas – Portugal) message is: “Unite and strike against what you belive is wrong. Plastic is wrong in my OCEAN!”
Lara Macheriotou (Cyprus) – Use refillable lighters!