Don’t rubbish our planet

May 24, 2018

Notre Dame College student Harry Muir.

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By Harry Muir

What do you think of when you think about the future? Do you think of a technological paradise, or maybe you envision a more dystopian future?

If you could choose, which one would you choose?

Easy question, right? You’d want the technological paradise.

If the choice is so easy, then why is the world heading towards the latter?

Maybe the question isn’t so simple after all.

The truth is, the time to make that choice is now. You make that choice when you choose whether to think about what bin you put your rubbish in, when you choose whether or not to make that effort to not leave your rubbish lying around.

Doing the right thing often requires that little bit of extra effort, but the difference it can make cannot be overstated.

Yet, the world seemingly can’t be bothered, or doesn’t know enough to be bothered.

This is an issue that we need to talk about if we ever hope to avoid the dystopian nightmare heading our way. It’s one that we talk about in great detail at our school, especially here at Emmaus in Year 9. In fact it was previous Year 9 students who came up with our recycling system at Emmaus campus.

We only eat indoors, and that makes the rubbish much easier to manage, and if anything is in the wrong bin it is the job of the designated student cleaners on that day to sort it out, and it works. Our campus is immaculate.

So, why isn’t everyone so well educated? Shouldn’t it be a requirement?

One of my teachers likes to think of the world as an apple; if you bruise one side, it might only be noticeable on one part, but it’s still the same apple. Everything we do, every piece of garbage we leave lying around, even if it’s on the other side of the world, it’s still the same apple.

Harry Muir is in Year 9 at Notre Dame College, Shepparton.

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