“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” -Ancient Indian Proverb
This quote holds so much truth and deserves to stand as a powerful message to our nation. It’s disturbing to think that Americans make up only 5% of the world’s population but we produce 30% of the world’s waste and use 25% of the world’s resources. According to the EPA, approximately 46% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. Furthermore, according to the University of Michigan (2010), at the current U.S. rate of deforestation, only 1/4 of our forests will be standing in 70 years.
With such loss and destruction to our natural world, what will be left for the children of future generations? If we know that children need nature to thrive and be healthy both physically and mentally, then why are we destroying our environment? This is senseless! I know that this problem is much bigger than me but it is problem that effects every person on this planet now and in the future.