It has been a fulfilling writing on this blog. This is perhaps the most enjoyable part of any of my 5 modules. Thank you, Dr Coleman, for this opportunity. I have learnt a lot reading the blogs of others and through the research done while writing my own. Not only valuable information but also invaluable perspectives of others, broadening my own environmental view. Before I started my BES journey, I was just another oblivious Singaporean who did not know the extent of environmental damage and was only aware of the significant vital events such as Global warming but not to specifics. Who would have thought that soil was so important? I’m grateful for the way that my journey has started out (with most of the credit going to ENV1101), shaping my ideology and habits for the rest of my 4 years in University and perhaps my life.
Vegetarian with Joy, Yan Yong and Jet! 😀 (Credits to Joy Foo)
My blog has been centred around extinctions of other animals. Hence, to end off, I will be talking about this particular organism which we desperately need to save. We are all procrastinators and like to do things at the eleventh hour. Most of the time it works out, but there are times when things go wrong. We are already starting to feel the severe impacts of our actions, but yet we still choose to turn a blind eye. One thing is for sure, we still have the power to stop our own extinction, it is time to stop being oblivious or thinking that since everyone is doing it, one more person doesn’t matter. It matters.
While the IPCC report says that individual efforts make little to no impact, I believe that we need every little boost we can get. Society’s power is more significant than we think, through social media, beliefs and ideologies spread like wildfire. If the social norm is rejecting disposables and everyone is doing it, there will be no place for these plastic companies. If everyone refuses to use coal-powered energy, oil demand will eventually decrease. Consumers make companies, it is our demand that motivates them and spurs them to create pollution. If we can make them, we can stop them but only if we do it together.
Our own existence is in our own hands. If we continue as it is, it wouldn’t be long before we stop worrying about the survival of other animals but our own as we are destroying our one and only habitat, the Earth. There will be no one around to reverse our extinction when our species die out. It would be a laughing stock that such an advanced species can’t even save ourselves due to our own selfishness and foolishness.
Let’s all do something. We are saving ourselves by saving nature. Join me, Evangelista, Fang Qin and Si Hui in our personal sustainability challenge where we eat a day of vegetarian for each unsustainable action that we do. Our inexhaustive list includes: 1) No using of disposables 2) No personal rides/ cabbing 3) Less than 2hrs of aircon/day 4) Buying of bottled drinks are allowed (Pls refrain) but you have to recycle them 5) Always remember to off power switches when not in use (lights/ fans etc.) 6) Your own discretion and integrity. Do it with a friend and create your own list which you are comfortable with!
Edit: Currently 9 of us are on the bandwagon, do contact me or Eva if you are interested in joining our group where we discuss some of the individual challenges we face and how to overcome them!