The rain had stopped making the weather gloomy and moist. It was half past 8 and I was already late. As I was running down the street, there stood a pregnant cow. I stopped and wondered how, did it land in this town. She was right opposite to the garbage bin, and looked sad within.The mother cow starving from hunger walked to the garbage bin. As she went closer I desisted her from moving forward and said “Oh dear, it might cause pain to you and your little one I fear”. It was as if she understood me that the cow stopped and drifted away from the garbage bin. Well, I did think of feeding her but I didn’t carry my lunchbox then and as I was getting late for college, I continued running like a heedless man. It had been past 5 in the evening and I was walking back home with a juice can in my hand. I had almost finished the juice when it appeared to me that the cow was now sitting next to the garbage. It looked frowned with all the garbage around. Again I bothered less and threw my juice can besides it and went. I reached home and to my surprise there was a pile of organic waste in the pit in front of my house, the stink of which was unbearable. It was somebody else’s waste, that made me curious and even more furious. I called out to my neighbors to ask them about this obnoxious behavior, but none were responsible and showed honesty. Being so enraged yet I didn’t show any responsibility myself and was indolent to remove the garbage, rather left it for the garbage pickers to do so. Adding to my demeanor was another incident when me and my friends went to the nearby river for fishing. There was a huge crowd of people and lack of a garbage bin made it less green. There were piles of garbage collected around the river bank, it was an unpleasant sight to see. The fish we caught were small and looked unhealthy. But more than fishes we found waste material sticking to our nets and fishing rods. We did remove that waste from water, but threw it next to the pre-existing piles near the river bank and headed back home.
Years later, today I reflect on these incidents and quote ‘as you sow, so shall you reap’ because I learnt a lot of lessons from the mistakes I made. Back then if I had to feed the cow some grass or find its owner, it wouldn’t have died making me feel not less than a murderer inside. If we had to clean the garbage in front of our house on time, my grandfather wouldn’t have died from dengue, making it not less equivalent than a crime. If we the people of our town had been responsible and not careless then the previously beautiful river would have never become a trench of less water with a stench like gutter. The consequence of a wrong choice is the regret that follows it. And here I am regretting about how ignorant and irresponsible I could be in every situation. But wait, it’s not too late for the opportunities I can seek and the choices I can make, for a change.
My waste is my responsibility and I shall never forget that nor should anyone, henceforth these incidents will always remind me of a person I was and a person I can be. We all know how the accumulation of waste over time can cause life endangering effects. It is staggering to know how ignorant we can get about our waste and the waste around us. The government along with the environmentalists in each country should provide more garbage bins and if provided, the people should make the best use of them. Our waste can affect the life around us. The inorganic waste does not decompose, making it harmful for the soil and the creatures living in and on it. It can be toxic in nature and even though removed after some time can leave it’s toxicity behind. Organic on the other hand could be composted and used as a fertilizer rather than throwing it out in the open. The end of man is an action and not a thought. Indeed, the future of human existence lies on how effectively we can reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. Inculcating and educating about waste management techniques also adds to a brighter future. Our main goal as a responsible individual should be to live a greener life. To achieve this we need to act selflessly and contribute to the quality of air we breathe, the soil we sow and the water we drink. Therefore think locally and act globally to make this world a better place for the entire human race.