Who has not heard about the ill-effects of plastic to the environment and upon the aquatic world? Anywhere in the world today we hear about massive campaigns against plastic wastes. Many national governments have launched measures and passed ordinances on how to reduce plastic wastes
. But individual responses to this issue vary so that it is taking too long to fully implement the programs that had been designed to realize a “no more plastic waste” surroundings. Though there are countries that bought the idea and are now diligently pursuing a plastic-free society, the major contributors of ocean’s microplastics are still struggling to join in the process. Why? Is it because a lot of people still care less about the issue?
What then could be the best strategy to bring about the change? Massive reeducation perhaps must be done locally by groups and sub-groups, creating a pool of regular attendees who could be agents of waste management concepts. The home and the school must reinforce each other in the training of young children to be consistent in applying waste management concepts in their daily activities. The ways to reduce plastic use,
specifically the non-biodegradable plastics, must be adopted and supported by parents and teachers alike to give the children the solid example they can emulate. The school can only do so much if the parents at home support their children’s learning.
In a poem, William Wordsworth once said, “The child is the father of man” in which he meant a man is the product of his habits and behavior developed during his childhood. Even Proverbs 22:6 puts it this way, “Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it”. This is how important the training of a child is should he be taught the ways to reduce plastic use, when he grows old, he knows how to live his life without plastic
, specifically, the non-biodegradable plastic. Those that may come across his life, he will surely know how to segregate. Surely, it is never late to start teaching a child waste management while not neglecting the adults who will set the examples the children will follow.