6 Eco-Friendly Tips for the Millennial

There was a time when I was a kid watching Sineskwela (Filipino Science children TV show) and Agatom talked about the depleting ozone layer. That it had a “hole” that was becoming bigger unless we’d do something about it. We learned that we need to recycle because our dumpsites were getting out of hand. We memorized the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Return) and we knew how to make our own little composts. There was a time when I actually believed that Captain Planet could save the environment. I’m not talking about his super powers but through the easy-to-do eco-friendly tips at the end of each episode. Go Planeteers! Then there was Al Gore who showed us The Inconvenient Truth. The ice cap was melting and polar bears were drowning. After that, everything’s a blur. And everyone began to forget.

Sineskwela
My Childhood Heroes (Via Nio Manzano)

We are the generation that’s most exposed to environment issues and we are (or should be) the most informed thanks to the wealth of material available to read and digest. But though we have all the information, somehow it’s not translating to action. I’m trying hard not to generalize but we are overcome by the culture of consumption and commercialism. Social media has paralyzed most of us to become mere spectators watching (and feeling) Mother Earth’s slow painful death.

Captain Planet
I’m sure these two were ex-lovers. (Via Vice)

Let’s try not to be spectators and do our part, however little it may be, as a millennial. Here’s my short list of how millennials in their own little ways help the environment.

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The Makahiya (Touch-Me-Not)

Scientific Name: Mimosa pudica

There was a scientific study on the Makahiya suggesting that the plant could store memories and actually learn.

Known to us all, the Makahiya folds its leaves when it is “touched”.

In the experiment, water was repeatedly dropped on the plant. Naturally, at first, it closed its leaves but after a few seconds, it realized that the water was no real danger and stopped folding its leaves.

The idea that plants could learn might need further research to prove but somehow, this could be a lesson to us all.That even plants have the capability to think. That plants also have lives. That our duty in this world is not only to consume but to preserve nature before it is too late.