In class recently we had a lecture about the environment and something that caught my attention tremendously was conservationism. Conservationism is defined as a nature conservation, a political, environmental and a social movement that seeks to protect natural resources including animal and plant species as well as their habitat for the future. If our society focused on having more of an environmental ideology approach society would see a significant difference. I know it is difficult because personally I am not always considerate of my decisions towards the environment, but I certainly have mad an adjustment since I have been more aware of our societal issues. The issue with our current approach on consumption is that we continue to overuse goods in a direction that is not environmental friendly. Our society continues to diminish our beautiful environment by over usage of material such as plastic bags, cups, rather than reusing grocery bags or reusing dining items. Is this because our society has turned into towards technology to influence our work ethic of hard workers to become essentially lethargic?
On a daily basis an average person produces 4.3 pounds of waste. According to Duke University researchers, this is 1.6 pounds more than most produced back in the 1960’s. The United States nearly creates 220 million tons of waste a year piling up in over 3,500 landfills, which severely damages our environment putting toxics into the air. Many grocery stores have tried to implement a reward for those customers who use reusable bags. Implementing a reward system gives certain incentives for communities to environment friendly and think green.
If our society started to recycle more we would only see a slight difference, but every difference is crucial for this movement to take action. If our education system began to educate young children on the benefits of recycling our future as a nation would be pro recycling. Also, these children could go home and possibly influence their parents. For example, kids tend to ask many questions and if they continuously ask their parents why they don’t recycle the children could have an impact on how parents think towards the environment. In Taiwan some schools are doing just that by educating young children on the focus of an ecocentric world. Cleaning crews are simply taking the time to educate and teach children the significance of recycling and caring for the environment. Jake Chung writes, “The crew said it plans to visit elementary and junior-high schools in the district and that it would hold more than 15 spinning top coloring events and 10 do-it-yourself events for students to use recycled chopsticks to build items.” If students are influenced at this age they could hold these values for their entire lifetime.
Conservationism focuses on a less human-centered world, which requires individuals to be more environmental friendly. The more future generations are educated the more our communities can protect our land and its aptitude to serve future generations. In other words our younger generations can potentially provide a sustainable way to start an environmental movement.