Supporting Areas Far From Home

With all that needs to be done here in this country, it may seem odd that I am also pleading for people to help make a difference in other places across the world. However, we are not on this planet alone. We need to make changes here, of course, but we have things like environmental watch groups and agencies who at least keep a somewhat watchful eye on things. We have leading manufacturers spending lots of money to research new and better ways to make products that generate lots of waste, and to make other items better for the environment. We are trying to be better about forest clearing and adding green spaces when we can. These things matter.

Other countries do not have these things. Some places less fortunate than us don’t even have ways to keep their cooking equipment clean because they don’t have access to water, or they don’t have the ability to dispose of waste without contaminating their water. When there is no real recycling or chemical disposal program, toxins can leech into the ground, poisoning soil or groundwater. Also, they could run out of clean land to live on and be forced into unsanitary conditions. This is something most of us take for granted, that when we turn on the faucet clean water will come out and when we flush the toilet that the waste will be disposed of in a safe manner. Not everyone is so lucky, and the effects can be serious. Everyone should have access to clean water and live in sanitary conditions, don’t you think?

There is another concern as well. As we move into a more global world, the results of other nations’ carelessness can have a big impact on us, too. There are no regulations on what you can and cannot dump into the local waters—which, by the way, don’t necessarily stay local. Those waters may feed into the ocean, killing or contaminating something you might eat. There may be more air pollution because there are no regulations on air quality or restrictions on factory operations and air pollutants. They may not understand the value of green spaces, which improves their air quality. There may not be anybody testing the pesticides farmers use in another country, and then those foods are used in cheap animal feed fed to our livestock or that we give our own pets.It could be on fruits that we ourselves eat.

So, as you can see, we are all in this together. We need to help bring the knowledge we have gained to other struggling countries so that they may learn how to keep themselves healthy and protect their water supply, the air that they breathe, and the ground in which they plant their food. We must continue to support other nations as they strive to be more eco-conscious. When we all work together to make the earth cleaner for us all, it will benefit generations to come all the way around the globe.