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Our Crying Nature

“The era of global boiling has arrived.” Alerted the UN Secretary-General Guterres.


On September 7 and 8, an unusual yet persistent rainstorm surprised the people of Macau. The heavy rain, which pulled the month’s total rainfall twice the average rate, disrupted the bustling lives of many. On the opposite shore of the Pearl River Delta, the same record-smashing rain in Hong Kong flooded shopping malls, underground parking lots, and many other places. This rain brought significant economic loss and sent numerous people to the hospitals. 


But is nature destroying human society, or is it the other way around?


Nature blesses our eyesight with the fascinating and diverse ecosystem and the landscape shift from season to season. Nature is in the chants of the birds and soothing river flow, spreading vitality and tranquility through our ears. Nature touches us with the sand that flows through our palms at the beach and the toughness of tree barks. Nature leaves a mark on our minds with the aroma of the flowers and the salty smell of the ocean. Nature preserves our lives with the sweetness of ripe fruits and the freshness of water.


Humans, in exchange, take advantage of nature. We take everything nature offers for granted and attempt to squeeze her resources down to the last bit. Forests are wiped out to make way for agricultural lands and urban infrastructures, tearing down the home to countless species of animals. Meanwhile, the logging business prospers by snatching wood from forests to satisfy our needs, be it furniture manufacturing or paper production, trading the lungs of our planet for the comfort and satisfaction of human beings.


Besides that, electricity, which we rely on to uphold our civilization, is commonly generated by burning fossil fuels. This unclean practice contaminates the atmosphere by emitting greenhouse gases as a byproduct of energy generation, accelerating global warming. Additionally, the risk of possible accidents during the process may further pollute the environment. As humans, we often directly or indirectly engage in practices that exhibit our disregard for nature. Not only do these actions cause harm to the environment, but they also lead to negative consequences for ourselves.


The 13th SDG calls for urgent action from the public to battle climate change and avert the future catastrophic effects of uncommon extreme weather. As the foundation of the SDG wedding cake model, SDG 13 aims to restore the health of our planet as a fundamental requisite for ensuring the welfare of our world and society.


Over the years, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has established international pacts, such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, to combat the deteriorating issue of climate change. Macau, where the effect of climate change is evident in the growing frequency of extreme weather, has acted following climate change conventions. The government has implemented policies and other tactics like awards and perks to inform the public of the irreversible damage we might inflict on nature and encourage a more environmentally conscious way of living.


To foster a harmonious relationship with nature, it is vital to appreciate, cherish, and preserve her. 


When it comes to public education, we should be aware of nature’s intrinsic value in our world via ecotourism, for example. We need to acknowledge that not only is nature essential to our existence, but she also keeps the world balanced. From there, our best way to reconnect with nature is by immersing ourselves in the natural environment and adopting a more sustainable lifestyle, such as conserving energy. Moreover, each one of us must take responsibility to safeguard our environment. We can begin by reducing pollution and waste in our daily lives or working hands-on as volunteers. We should take the first step towards a better future by taking action ourselves.


Ideas evolve with time. In the era of rapid technological advancement, we have gained the ability to lead a sustainable lifestyle that is universally achievable. In the case of fuel, companies have showcased alternative carbon-neutral fuels that can replace fossil fuels in daily use and motorsport. This is just one of many innovations that inspire us to push for the betterment of our mother nature.


Alongside creativity and innovative ideas, education is pivotal in nurturing the next generation to become guardians of our precious nature. With the right resources and guidance, there is no doubt that the concepts of our youngsters are more likely to come to fruition. Thus, apart from fortifying students’ educational foundation, schools can provide a platform for students to voice their thoughts and collaborate with teachers to help them reach their potential and impact the world. 


Aside from unleashing students’ innovative minds, educators should not overlook the importance of the universal awareness of nature. Regardless of level, schools should equip students with knowledge of sustainability and protecting the environment to cultivate them to become responsible inhabitants of the earth.


Humanity can still salvage a long-lost harmony with nature and prevent our planet from going up in flames, albeit under limited time. To do so, everyone should be mindful of whether our actions do nature right. Whether you are a student or a world leader, we must hear the weeping of nature and act now to save her from the torment of the modern world.

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