Keep­ing our sur­round­ings clean

Kuwait Times - - Local - lo­cal@kuwait­ By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

Idid not think that I will be writ­ing about the be­hav­ior of some peo­ple that I saw dur­ing two days into the to­tal cur­few, but I find it nec­es­sary to talk about such be­hav­ior, es­pe­cially since we are un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances that do not al­low for any un­healthy act and we must com­ply with rules and com­mon sense.

The en­vi­ron­ment that sur­rounds the hu­man be­ing is part of his rights. It has an ef­fect on health and liv­ing and in turn it af­fects the en­tire so­ci­ety, such as the right to clean air and wa­ter. So the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment is no longer a lux­ury; rather it has an in­flu­ence on peo­ple’s abil­ity to live healthily and safely.

The first prin­ci­ple of the Stock­holm Dec­la­ra­tion in 1972 said: “Man has the fun­da­men­tal right to free­dom, equal­ity and ad­e­quate con­di­tions of life, in an en­vi­ron­ment of qual­ity that per­mits a life of dig­nity and well­be­ing, and he bears a solemn re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. In this re­spect, poli­cies pro­mot­ing or per­pet­u­at­ing apartheid, racial seg­re­ga­tion, dis­crim­i­na­tion, colo­nial­ism and other forms of op­pres­sion and for­eign dom­i­na­tion stand con­demned and must be elim­i­nated.”

Bear­ing in mind the hu­man be­ing is no longer able to fa­cil­i­tate a sound healthy en­vi­ron­ment be­cause there are so many chal­lenges, such as the in­creased piles of trash in ur­ban ar­eas caus­ing con­tin­ued pol­lu­tion of the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and ex­pos­ing the so­ci­ety to dan­ger­ous health risk. The com­mon dan­ger is in throw­ing trash in many places, around build­ings or even in pub­lic places such as streets and park­ing lots.

Though trash in­cludes many things re­sult­ing from man’s ac­tiv­i­ties, what con­cerns me is what is pro­duced in­side homes is then left in front of the build­ings and even on the stairs in some cases, and this at­tracts stray an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly cats and in­sects that are def­i­nitely harm­ful, be­sides some ro­dents that can be seen here and there.

Please co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties and place the trash in well-sealed bags, and put them out in proper con­tain­ers at the pre­scribed time. This is to keep our sur­round­ings clean and healthy. Oh, by the way, the coron­avirus may hide in some trash com­po­nents, so take care and be care­ful.

Fi­nal word: “Never doubt that a small group of thought­ful, com­mit­ted cit­i­zens can change the world; in­deed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

— Mar­garet Mead

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