REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

BY ORDIA Akelo

So much has been said about environmental conservation but how many of us actually take the time to give it a thought? From the sights around campus I dare say, environmental conservation is a dream we continue to chase with our eyes aloof.

It is a common sight to see a comrade from the Students Centre with a snack. Minutes after its contents are consumed, the wrapper will find its place with many others, along the path. Meters away a rubbish bin stands asking to be used.

Whether we do all this in full knowledge of the consequences or not I cannot tell. What I am sure about is all this has dire consequences in the long run.

A visit to the UN headquarters opened my eyes to how much we need to do. For a headquarter in the heart of Nairobi it sticks out like a sore thumb. It is as spotless as spotless can get. Notable was a monument of an index finger that stuck out from the ground. Sadly, it is nothing but bones. Inscribed on its side are simple words that imply, if we continue to degrade the environment we will end up like that finger. Lifeless.

In several occasions clubs around campus have organized events aimed at cleaning the surrounding. However, litter still finds it way on to our streets. This should not be the case. A lasting solution aimed at keeping litter off the street should be reached, fast.

The first step to solving a problem is accepting the fact that indeed we do have a problem. Environmental conservation on campus has not been our cup of tea. It should not stay that way. Let us take it upon ourselves to see that our compound is free from litter.

Please use the bins, recycle whenever necessary and most importantly reduce the amount of garbage you spew out on the environment. Let us all join hands and keep our campus clean.

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