Our ancestors would have wanted us to have the best, most beautiful earth possible wouldn't they? Of course! But in their time there was not the focus on our environment the way there is today. Times change.
Today, it's not just everyone's responsibility to make sure we clean up as much garbage as we can, especially when it belongs to us. We also have a responsibility to educate our children to leave the world a better place when they move on.
In fact, educating our children from as early an age as possible to protect animals, prevent littering and recycle as much as possible will help to multiply the efforts we are making as adults now as well as ensure continued education with younger children as they grow up.
We all have seen garbage floating down the river. Do we make an effort to get rid of it? Often not. "Oh, at least the river is carrying it away," we say. But where is the river carrying it too? The ocean of course. And in the ocean we have sea creatures ingesting the garbage washed into the ocean from us.
There is a place in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California which is now three times the size of France. And it's filled with 79,000 tonnes of plastic. But it gets worse..... This area, known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is not the only one. It is the largest of five such areas in the worlds oceans. These areas are littered with microplastics which are smaller than 0.5 mm. These microplastics are ingested by fish and other creatures many of which we catch and eat. And so we eat the plastic which is so small that it enters our organs and causes disease. And it all comes back to us......
My "Junglies" children's books were partially inspired to help create awareness about endangered species as many species are in danger of extinction due to our impact on their environment. We see the negative effects all around us of what we are doing to the environment. We need to start taking action and educating our children as well.