Our Environment and YOU!

on my way to work i watched as the school children in the basic school near my house cleaned their compound before morning assembly. it reminded me of my basic school years when we arrived at school early carrying brooms and head pans to sweep and collect litter and rubbish from the school compound so that it was actually clean before morning assembly.

on this day it seemed the teachers weren’t satisfied with the state of the compound and therefore sent the children to go back around and pick all the litter on the compound. teachers could do that if they felt the compound was not clean enough for studies. a clean envronment is a healthy studying environment i think.

the task was quite simple i think. the children were to collect as much rubbish and litter as possible and carry it to a rubbish dump just about fifty meters away and dump it there. apart from collecting it with their hands (which i have a problem with but will discuss much later, if even at all), there was also zoomlion provided bins that they could collect into and just carry to the zoomlion rubbish dump (this company is doing pretty well in waste management in ghana)

what is interesting is that whilst i watched this children, over three hundred of them perform this task, i counted just about fifteen of them who walked across the gutter to the rubbish dump and actually dump the litter they were carrying – on the floor. None of them walked up to the waste disposal bucket which was almost empty.

but these children were the good ones but what was it worth. some children just dumped the litter they were carrying into the gutter whilst those carrying the pans just abandoned it halfway to the dump site because they got angry that everybody wanted to put their litter in their pot and threfore it was overflowing. unfortunately, even though they had abandoned it, some children still kept putting litter in it and now it had become a small pile of litter on its own. the wind would definitely blow that pile back on the compound and then what will be the use of the clean up exercise in the first place.

i found this action rather profound. these are the future leaders and what are we teaching them? even the ones that went closer to the waste bucket did not put it in but put it on the floor that means that the wind could blow the same litter back onto the school compound which was just fifty meters away whilst the teachers looked on unconcerned because they had given the instruction but failed to supervise that it is done properly.

i really don’t want to get into linking this to our society in the various ways that I’m thinking now but I’d give an idea. after all we can all relate to this.

honesty speaking is this action any different from what we see in out towns every day. we organize clean up campaigns which laudable and lofty ideas but then we take out the gutters and put them right there not collecting them whilst the rains come and wash them right back into the same gutters and then all sorts of health hazards come up and we go crying to the govt to give us resources putting pressure on the already sparse resources.

even in out personal lives, this mentality has seeped into our daily activities. when life is not going right, we try to clean it up but then what do we do. the very clean up the we do, the very things that we resolve not to go back to are the things we go back to with a hardened passion and more intent. an example is with regards to our health. you know some foods are not good for you but then we go back to such foods with renewed fervor and passion when we know we should be avoiding them. instead of completely staying away from them as we know we should.

our environment is important to our health and we have to take care of the environment so that we can be healthy too. wonder how this is difficult for some people to understand.

let us start with educating on the environment one reader at a time and it starts with YOU!!



8 Responses to “Our Environment and YOU!”

  1. Salomey Abraham Says:

    hmmmmmmmm. true everything you do is a reflection of your thoughts. Thanks Kola

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