Updated: Apr 8, 2020
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Yes- that’s the amount of plastics my household of 3 had consumed over the course of a week. What is seen here is quite literally, just the brim of the plastic bag, containing plastic wastes. Looking at the amount of plastics I used, I’m just mortified, terrified & guilty. When I looked out the window and see everything else under the sweltering hot sun in couple with this bag of waste, quite frankly- I just feel like dying.
How could anything else live out there!?! The birds, the trees, the homeless cats & dogs, the homeless kids, the polar bears & cars.
I cannot say I harm-not the environment but I’m definitely not one who has turned my back & AM doing all I can as an individual. Apart from separating trash voluntarily under no constitution requirements, I am personally very strict on take-out meals. I refrain from packing food if I fail to bring containers with me. If I have forgotten and really wants it?!? “Serves me right,” I say to myself! “Bring your own containers or you shall go home hungry.” Also, knowing that outside meals are usually a little too much for me, I’ll bring containers along to pack the extra instead of using the ones from the restaurants. In the event whereby it may appear unsightly or “cheap” to pack the excess, for example, wedding dinners, it is of course better to pack than to waste; and I’ll subsequently wash the used plastics, then recycle or reuse them.
So, let me tell you this before you start mumbling that the rest of your family might be too old or too young to understand the importance of reducing plastic waste: it is in fact my already-deceased, a very aged grandmother who inspired me to wash the plastics and reuse them ( I remembered that sight so vividly to this day) and it is in seeing that the younger generation (MIND YOU, that these kids weren’t even created from my eggs) who will live longer than you and I & most likely suffered the full-bloomed global warming if we failed to contain or reverse this, that made me persevered.
Before you blame it on anything and anyone else, are you doing it already?!?
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my almost 60 years old mother who also follow suit and make recycling a part of her life!! NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN. Of course, I gotta admit that I did sorta "blackmailed" her with:
1. pictures of poor kids swimming in rivers of trash.
2. skinny polar bear-moms with fluffy baby bears.
3. dying wild lives.
4. reminding her of her mother’s effort.
5. ultimately, swearing off potential-grandkids by threatening to remove my well, attached & innocent uterus for no apparent reason as I do not want my potential-kids to live on a potential-fire ball, co-created by me.
Hahahaha! Though I am not sure which closed the deal but I’m just glad it worked.
Now, if you are about to say you are TOO BUSY, TOO HIGH UP, TOO EDUCATED or TOO ELITE for this kind of PETTY EFFORT, please know that there is still no solid sign of viable life beyond Earth, let alone one that has an appreciation for currency!! Hahaha! But still, I’m glad that you are high up!! Brilliant!!!!! Because it means YOU HAVE MORE POWER THAN A PEASANT LIKE ME to make a BIGGER DIFFERENCE.
1. invest in R&D and create alternatives that will not turn into the next problem.
2. LEAD A CHANGE from top to bottom.
3. CHANGE your packaging to something else sustainable.
4. use your ELITE POWER to influence others to do the right thing.
5. SPREAD THE MESSAGE among your class since you have a better reach.
Just to name but a few.
And lastly, I already know you had traveled half the world, got a hot bod, hot dude, hot girl, hot kid, a promotion and good selfie skills. If there’s one thing that I think ANYONE should brag about on their social media feeds these days- it is how conscious of a human being you are to date!!
Please, by all means, fire away and blast my feeds. I would like to see you UP MY GAME/ THE GO-GREEN GAME.
If you are married and with a family or about to start a family- there is just no logic in why I’m working on this much harder than you should!! (Aiyo…why is this random aunty over here fighting harder than your mother & father..... huh?? hahaha).
So, don’t just hide inside the air-cond room & under your suits and complain!
SEPARATE YOUR TRASH.
You really don’t have to look so far off to the north or south pole to realise the devastating impact of our man-made trash. But if none of these are compelling enough for you to act, no worries, I’ll just die with you and it ain’t that bad; cuz ya’ll at least I heard- there is no global warming in hell or heaven. =)
P.S there’s also no Instagram, Facebook, bubble tea, Maserati, Gucci, Nike and Marvel movies over there.
I am not doing this to save the world nor for the greater good or for Karma or Dharma. In many ways- just for my own big fat a** that was told that it lives best at the room temperature of supposedly 27 degrees Celsius since 1997.
There is just NO ME or YOU, if there is NO WORLD left. Again, worry not, there's always an "I".
If you have massive star power to influence, I hope you pick this up and share the message. Of course, you don’t have to be associated with a peasant-post like mine through likes or shares, just do the right thing!
But your support will certainly warm my heart.