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Would you like to do the honors?
When each Cuban manages to eradicate this behavior, we will be in the presence of a collective environmental conscience. Photo: Cubadebate
It is necessary to create a sense of belonging to the environment, in such a way that we protect it as we preserve our most precious objects, the home, our own life

Did you ever throw a paper in the street? Be honest. If the answer is affirmative then think about how many times you committed this "misdemeanor", and you will have in your mind the number of opportunities in which you have satisfied your personal comfort by not carrying the annoying paper during the rest of the trip. This amount will also constitute the number of times he cruelly assaulted, albeit not maliciously - I do not doubt his good will - the environment.

However small your figure may be, suppose that it is also that of each one of the 11 million Cubans. Now put your mathematical knowledge to the test and multiply: the number of times an individual throws a piece of paper on the street by the inhabitants of the Island.

The number of aggressions is very high, right? And that would happen in a less polluted Cuba than the real one, because, unfortunately, people throw papers into the streets many times more than that small number that you used as a multiplier in our hypothetical example.

There are those who go in a bus, eat a candy and throw the envelope through the window. Others have made the gardens an official deposit of cigarette butts, bags of sorbet without sorbet and empty peanut cones, or maybe with the last grain stuck in the thinnest part of the cone.
What to say about the Havana Bay, where boats, boots and bottles sail, where not only buoys float but also cans of Ciego Montero.

And solid waste is only one of the many problems that affect us. Air pollution by chemical substances, noise, loss of biodiversity, indiscriminate felling of trees, soil degradation ... In short, various environmental conflicts prey on Cuba, and a large part of the population, even knowing the damage it causes and Knowing how to contribute to eliminate them, ignores them.

Would you particularly like to end all that is yours: your clothes, your ornaments, your furniture, your home?

Environmental Education faces many challenges, such as how to transmit messages, content, which requires clarity in ideas and precision, dissemination in mass media ... But there is a key factor for its advance: the achievement of an individual conscience.

It is necessary to create a sense of belonging to the environment, in such a way that we protect it as we preserve our most precious objects, the home, our own life. Because, what is the environment but life itself?

If you have ever said, before throwing something on the street: "Because I do it, nothing will happen, since others do too", remember that another person who thinks in the same way, includes you in those "others". In this way both are affecting the health of their environment.

When each Cuban manages to eradicate this behavior, we will be in the presence of a collective environmental conscience.

But someone will have to take the first step: would you like to do the honors?
With information of granma.cu

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