Entry 8 – Earth Designs It’s Retaliation

“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money”. –Alanis Obomsawin

This quote has kindled my thought process as to what we yearn for in life. When millennials are asked what they want to do in the future, one should expect responses like “I just want to make money“, or “I want be rich and famous”. We are all so engrossed in the pursuit of material wealth that we pillage the earth every now and then to our satisfaction. I think it is material we discover that she is depleting dangerously fast.

While the US government flaps around imagining environmental change is neither genuine nor imperative, the rest of the world is battling against it. As usual, we sit and pray that the apocalypse doesn’t come knocking on our front doors. We, the youth of today along with our sprouts will bear the brunt. In fact, the disaster is beginning to manifest already as a heating planet causes winds, floods and devastation, much the same as the agitation that occurs when water boils. In the developed world, individuals are hesitant to change how they live, and people in the developing scene are frantic to live like those in the developed world. In the United States-our God’s own country and yardstick for measuring well-being, communities like Florida and Mexico beach are literally blown off their foundations.

It is notable that our ways of life don’t appear to prompt the normal guarantee of bliss. Actually, we encounter increasing weight on our time and less prosperity. It is time we ascertained that change has to begin with us. We need to imbibe lifestyles that poses little risk on our planet.

In our mission to spare the planet, here are several propensities we can instil.

Reduction of Waste

We need to curb the amount of waste we generate. We should only purchase the items we need. Although, it is imperative to recycle and reuse, those come after reduction has taken place. This also involves using less paper, which in turn reduces the level of deforestation.

Eating of less meat

Pastoral agriculture is a major source of global warming as it causes 15% of all emissions. Not necessarily surrender eating meat entirely, but reduced consumption helps immensely. Many experts say eating less meat especially beef could make a huge difference.

Reduction of energy usage

We can also help by reducing our energy consumption. Little acts like switching off electrical appliances when idle, reducing the use of automobiles, and degrading the use of fossil fuels (petrol, gas) can help curb energy usage.

We, as a whole appreciate a decent stroll in the neighbourhood, or outing at the shoreline, or just a sit in a botanical garden to be tuned in to nature. We don’t need to wait till all these vanish into blankness before we make a move because in the end, nothing else will matter.


This article was written by Molumo Umar-Farouk; connect with him on Instagram here

109 thoughts on “Entry 8 – Earth Designs It’s Retaliation

  1. This is article should be called “truth” to the world.The first paragraph alone was enough to keep me glued to this article.I have learnt today.There is more to this world than just acquiring wealth.

  2. No truer words. We are so engrossed in chasing wealth that we totally neglect these things which we consider trival. But these things are infact the very basis of longevity.

  3. Great article. We can reduce global warming by reducing the intake of meat and if we go paperless it reduces deforestation. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice and well written article. This is a wake up call for all. “We are all in pursuit of material wealth that we pillage the earth every now and then to our satisfaction.” We should strive to make the planet safe and less harmful for the coming generations.

  5. The future truly belongs to the youth and their children,it needs to be protected. The change we want to see should begin with everyone of us so that our environment can be save for all to live in. This is a brilliant write up and a wake up call to us all. Thank you so much.

  6. Ibn Ishaq Ayelaagbe · Edit

    Quite a beautiful write up.

    The perfect mentality needed for the Future and sustainability.
    A clear picture and forthright approach.

    Keep up the good work dear brother.

  7. This is well articulated, insightful and thought provoking. The earlier we accept the negative effect of environmental change on human existence, the best for us all. I’m quite impressed with this write up especially in this day and age that youths only think of fashion and having enormous wealth. I like your style of writing. Simple language, non ambiguous and straight to the point. You are a role model to your generation. Articles like this from youths is clear indication that hope is not lost. Keep it up.

  8. Mohammed Olawale Nurudeen · Edit

    The lines were awesomely crafted, the vocabularies were carefully selected, the points were constructively articulated and the message was passed with clarity.

    This is beautiful.

    Well done Umar-Farouk.

    Keep it up!

  9. I congratulate you for this well articulated write up. It is a bitter truth that can bring beutiful life pattern to the youths. Bravo!

  10. Thank you for pointing out the critical aspects of our daily lives that people seem to ignore. Powerful message well articulated. Well done.

  11. Great. Keep reminding the World more about better ways to measure WEALTH is not limited to materiality but Natural endowments/deposits scattered around the World. Caution on their use and management.
    God will Increases your knowledge my boy and grants you wisdom to enhance the knowledge.


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