To be quite honest, the solution to our plastic waste crisis seems pretty straightforward. We are drowning our planet and filling the oceans with dangerous non-biodegradable trash. This issue will not go away on its own but will get worse and worse until exactly none of us will be spared from the consequences. What we can do in the face of this fact is, simply, strive to produce the smallest amount of plastic we can and reclaim and recycle what it left.
Of course, misinformation and unnecessary complication of the issue runs rampant. But at the very core, the conundrum is quite uncomplicated – so much so that it is perfectly clear to, say, a six-year-old, what is at stake and what our reaction should be.
“Let me tell you about plastic,” says Carter Lockwood, a six-year-old from Porirua, New Zealand, in the video above, which was captured and posted on a Facebook page by his mom, Shannon Lockwood. The boy goes on to explain in no uncertain terms his message to his country.
What is even more wonderful, is that, according to Carter’s mom, the speech came quite out of nowhere – the topic just seemed to be on the boy’s mind. “He told me: ‘Mum, I have something I need to say to this country,” says Lockwood, as reported by Stuff.co.nz. “So I decided to record it to share with our family and friends initially, because he comes out with some hilarious things sometimes. I was pleasantly surprised when this came out, though.”
Carter’s message is a great reminder that some things really are straightforward and although trying to live a waste-free lifestyle can be very challenging, the key is to actually try, not pretend like the problem does not exist. In the end, what matters most is one’s sensibility to the issue and the will to act on it. This is why children are so often perfect role models in the case.
To learn how to limit your use of plastic, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!