As the alarm went on in the morning, I woke up in drowsy mood and confused. I asked myself should I go or remain at home. It was a fine Friday morning, I wished to sleep more. Immediately, I realized my responsibility towards protecting the marine environment. I said ?I will fulfil my duty to protect mother earth to become a cleaner and healthier planet?. Our planned event was a joint effort to send less trash to landfill and conserve the marine life. I went along with my mother to ?Jumeira Open Beach? to join another 15 volunteer children.
Sun was shining bright though we reached the place by 8:00am. As I stood and watched the shore, I realized that there are billions of people in the world. Does our small effort make any difference? Then I thought, we can definitely make a difference by raising awareness. As we pulled our sleeves and get ready for the task, I understood how irresponsible citizens were, to leave such a huge amount of garbage on the shore.
Ocean is the basic element of life, which produces half of the oxygen we need for breathing. Whether we live close to shore or miles away, we have to be responsible for keeping ocean clean and healthy. Litters such as plastic bottles, food wrappers, cans, balloons left on the shore, can affect the marine life. Big fishes like whales, turtles may eat them accidentally and unfortunately die. Beach is an amazing place for relaxing after a tired day or a week. We have no rights to pollute this public place in return. We have to act little responsible and ensure that the waste is thrown in the designated place.
During the cleanup campaign, surprisingly, we didn?t have to run around to pick the garbage nor had to put an extra effort, just because they were all around the place. Within an hour, we could collect plenty of bags filled with garbage. It was tiring due to the hot sun, yet I felt a great amount of joy and satisfaction. I had a proud feeling within me, having an opportunity to make a difference to marine environment.
I urge beach goers to understand the pollution issues due to ocean trash and act responsible. Remember, “We don?t inherit these natural gifts from our ancestors; rather we borrowed it from our future generations”.
Grade 3-Indian High School-Dubai
Author: Sparsha Shetty