Last week we were watching a documentary about a man and his family that tried to make no impact for a year. This meant that they couldn’t use a car, a plain or buy any packaged goods. They had to fill a box with mud and worms to decompose their food scraps. Little by little they started decreasing the amount of wastes they create. About six months in they started to live only by the use of daylight, which means there was no electricity. They used a cooler for a refrigerator and they used candles for the night. They got through the year and were successful in finishing the project, which was known as No Impact Man.

After we watched this we had to do a little presentation about the things in our rooms that were not eco-friendly. Making and watching the presentations was useful. It showed me that there are many things we use that are killing our ecosystem. Everyday things that we use are hurtful to our environment. The tables we use are made of wood, the papers we have is made of wood and this causes deforestation. We use plastic every day and plastic is non-biodegradable, so it’s even more harmful to the environment. Many animals die from accidentally eating plastic. We also kill the animals for various reasons. The reasons range from food to clothing to souvenirs.

There are several people who have decided to take action and reduce their waste and become vegetarians. I’m not saying that you need to become a vegetarian to help your environment, but reducing your meet intake doesn’t hurt. You can do simple things like turn off the lights that you don’t use, use sunlight in the day time, turn of the water faucet and recycle. If you want to challenge yourself then you can do what No Impact Man did. Maybe not that extreme, but you can try it. If everyone in the world is willing to give up a bit of what they love to help their environment, then there can be a difference. The things we waste are hurting our ecosystem, which then hurts us so it’s worth it to challenge ourselves. If we have a balanced way of consumption, then we will not be hurting the ecosystem.

By Fisson Tibbo