Essay Title

Paint the Town Green

My palette has always been blue, yellow, and green, but I inevitably notice them shading into black, white and grey.


Not long ago, I revisited my favourite location from my childhood, the wetland in my hometown. Reminiscing the past, I always stopped by on Sundays with something to draw with, a paper or even a canvas. Like a printer, I copied my vision completely with a paintbrush. Now that I’m back here, what I see is the infrastructure engulfing them, with the greens becoming only a corner of my point of view. Is it me who has gotten bigger, or is it the wetland that has gotten smaller?


Whenever I look back at my old creations, it’s primarily insects on trees or ponds with fish. It was all so vivid, colourful and nostalgic, mainly because the scenery could no longer be seen anywhere. In contrast to my glimpse recently, the soul of nature is taken away from this land. It’s all dull and livid, incomparable to the forests and mountains of the pastime.


What can be seen here is a problem caused by urbanisation. As the population rises, we demand a better lifestyle. Therefore, we move from the rural to an urban area. We construct onto nature to improve our entertainment, economy and transportation, such as shopping malls and factories. This subsequently affects the environment in lots of ways, from giving rise to deforestation and destruction of animal habitats to a variety of pollution. Whereas the urban area increases, the land for nature decreases, forming an inverse relationship, so it is no surprise that my latest drawings are all metropolitan.


Unquestionably, what I don’t want to do is to draw the gloomy and lifeless concrete jungle again and again. What I want is to bring back the scenery from the drawings of the golden days. What I want is to draw something similar to the past, yet different. What we have to do is to save what’s left and sustain it. And to achieve this, the SDGs are our only solutions.


SDGs (sustainable development goals) are goals to reach for the human race to keep the world sustainable. One of the 17 goals of the SDGs is to promote sustainable terrestrial ecosystems. We all know the solution is to protect nature, but how? 


Essentially, instead of deforestation, we can plant more trees to balance the greenhouse gases. Global warming is one of the most notable and notorious problems right now. It can raise the earth’s temperature, which leads to drought, wildfire, and loss of species because of unsuitable temperatures. Trees are known as the lungs of Earth. They take in carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that promotes global warming, and convert it into oxygen. They contribute to better air quality for us and Earth.


Furthermore, we can have alternating in generating energy. China, the country with the largest solar power market, has an installed capacity reaching 500 GW by the end of 2023 and is planned to run 1 TW by 2026. [1] It seems that solar power can indeed be a replacement for burning fossil fuels. Besides not producing greenhouse gases, it is much less dangerous than fossil fuels. The only problem is the high expenses, becoming more affordable over time.


Pierre Bonnard once said,” Art will never be able to exist without nature,” I paint because of nature’s existence. I don’t paint because nature is gone. We have been destroying nature and pushing our luck, but we still have time to compensate for the loss. The first steps were taken by ethical environmentalists, and let us all join in to be the enzymes of this action and take further actions.



[1]China’s solar capacity surges; predicted to top 1 TW by 2026. Rystad Energy. (2023, September 26). 

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