PeNxGreenRevolution: What’s the Last Piece of Trash You Threw Away?

I wonder how others felt when they saw me picking up random trash in the powdery sands of Boracay.

Were they offended? Did I convey a message? Did I even make an impact? Did I look hideous to them?

While wandering on the beachside on my recent visit to Boracay, there were two ladies standing beside a pile of rubbish but they don’t seem to notice. I waited for like half a minute on a corner for them to leave so I can pick up the pieces of trash.

There were plastic bottles of various water and coffee brands; a can of soda and some candy wrappers, too.

I stayed until they were done with their business.

I finally picked the rubbishes on that stretch. I found a handful and I couldn’t help but feel ashamed for those who don’t care for the environment.

People lack awareness on these environmental issues that we are facing. The future of our planet is in deep trouble. We can do something, but we’re too busy with our own welfare.

Like the girls I waited for to pick up the rubbish on the sand who were busy doing their own thing- taking selfies.

Were the reports about marine species dying each day still not enough? Turtles choking from rubber bands; whales ingesting rubber tires and plastic containers?

Was my concern valid? Yes. Can I do something about it?Definitely! But I am just me- I am nothing but a small voice!

I was so worried until I found these pictures. A collective effort of single individuals aiming to make an impact.

My voice, my worries can count with like-minded people like them.

The Lions and Leo Clubs of Iloilo conducted a Beach Clean-up Drive in the island of Boracay. The white powdery sand of Boracay was able to breathe out of the toxic pollution brought by man.

Young people serve as positive agents of change within their communities. These young leaders develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends and have fun. -Miles Armada, Leo Chairperson at LCI

So, what’s the last piece of trash that you threw away? Have you ever thought of the impact of that single piece of candy wrapper in your pocket? That soda can that you just threw out of nowhere?

Before throwing that thrash away, you may think of other ways you can do about it. Recycle!

Before throwing that thrash away, you may simply take it for another use. Perhaps, re-use it?

Before buying anything, make sure you really need it. Or would it just be collecting dust in the storage? Wouldn’t you mind reducing clutter or practice a minimalist lifestyle?

Be an advocate for the environment. Be a responsible traveler. Show some love for Mother Earth.

Let’s all work together to create a bigger impact.

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Posted by Clarisse Javier