A love for Mother Na­ture

The Compass - - OPINION -

It’s all too easy to ac­cen­tu­ate the neg­a­tive and down­play the pos­i­tive. The bad things in life of­ten get all the at­ten­tion, while the good things go un­her­alded.

Else­where in this edi­tion of The Com­pass, there’s a good-news story.

Sarah Yet­man of Har­bour Grace spied a pile of garbage on a favourite walk­ing trail. “ It makes me an­gry,” she told her fa­ther. And, she in­sisted it be cleaned up. So, with the help of her par­ents, she lugged the refuse to the side of the road for pick-up.

I per­son­ally am spurred into ac­tion by her ex­am­ple, which is wor­thy of em­u­la­tion.

Sev­eral things about this story im­pressed me. For starters, Sarah is only six years old. Sel­dom do we hear of such keen so­cial con­scious­ness in chil­dren. Per­haps in youth, adults and se­niors. But the ac­tions of chil­dren to re­move garbage rarely make the front page.

Sec­ond, Sarah learned her en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness from her par­ents and in day­care. There’s an onus on us as par­ents and care­givers to teach those within our or­bit of in­flu­ence the im­por­tance of car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment. Mother Na­ture has granted us the priv­i­lege of en­joy­ing her. It’s a price­less gift — lets guard it with our lives.

Fi­nally, Sarah was not paid to re­move the garbage; she did it spon­ta­neously, be­cause of her love of and re­spect for the land. She saw a mess. But rather than leave it where it was, to de­face her sur­round­ings, she acted on her prin­ci­ples and took the ini­tia­tive to act.

This is a feel-good story. But more than that, it should serve as an in­cen­tive to all of us to do our part to beau­tify the en­vi­ron­ment. It’s a ral­ly­ing call to ac­tion. It doesn’t have to start with a ma­jor clean-up project. It can be as sim­ple as pick­ing up dis­carded cig­a­rette pack­ages, candy wrap­pers or plas­tic bot­tles, and de­posit­ing them where they right­fully be­long. By do­ing so, we will make Mother Na­ture happy. And who doesn’t want to make his mother happy!

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