Just Another Problem of the World
Holocene extinction, efficient energy use, global warming, soil contamination, and genetic pollution are just a speck among tons of other environmental problems that are harassing the world today. But what is the world doing to fix these problems? Actually, scratch that, I think that the better question is, how can I as an individual, help to minimize and rid the world of these problems? I believe that a problem that is personally attainable for me at the moment is reducing my foodprint. Food waste is one of the other environmental problems that are affecting the world today; it is an everyday, occurring problem that is slowly chewing away at the world’s resources. The decisions that we make in organizing and saving food will bring upon us the consequences or benefits of our actions on a world-wide scale.
Hong Kong isn’t so much of the “Pearl of the Orient” as I thought it was after all. After doing a bit of research, I was disgusted by the outraging statistics I came across in my findings. 3,200 tons of food is sent to landfill every single day and a third of all solid waste in Hong Kong is food. Globally, a third of the food produced is lost, which is about 1.3 billion tons of food. I don’t know about you, but these figures are just simply shocking to see. The aim and strive for economic success has short-sighted many people from seeing the bigger picture, that little things, such as not finishing those last few pieces of rice on the plate for dinner, is affecting the community as a whole. Waste is still waste, no matter big or small, because in the end, the effect remains the same, food is wasted. This shouldn’t be an excuse for the damage and harm we are inflicting on our futures, our children’s futures, and even our descendants’ futures a hundred years from now.
Recently, the problem of food wasting and its consequences has been brought to my attention through a movement that is my school has been trying to encourage. I was informed of all the steps my school was willing to take in order to help create a healthy educational community. Reducing, reusing, and recycling were given as solutions to help guide students in the right direction. After witnessing food being thrown into the bins of the cafeteria day after day, I am relief to see that the school is willing to make a change. Students pranced towards the bins, food is poured out plate after plate, as if they were too busy to notice, too important to care, or just too guilty to comprehend the amount of produce they are wasting.
Now I, a student myself, has found myself on a journey that begins at a crossroad where a decision has to be made. A decision to put my pride aside by reminding other students of the amount of food they are wasting, or to take the easy route and continue my life as a student focusing on my own personal gain and accomplishments. Honestly, I would rather enjoy taking the path where I do not have to worry about anyone but myself. But after all, what is the point of striving towards a life of” success” in the world, when there might not even be much of a world left to strive for. I have taken the decision to take the problem by the scruff of its neck and to make it one of my goals to help the world in some way or another in solving this ever-growing problem.
I believe that is essential, a responsibility even, for a member of this planet to nurture it back to health at its time of need. That time is now, and If 6.9 billion people were able to contribute a miniscule amount in sustaining this problem, I’m sure that eventually the world will be able to take a hold on the reins of this problem and point it towards the right direction. Before it is too late, we must smack the problem at the back of its head now, preventing any possible further manifestation of its growth in other parts of the world.