One thing that stands out is the amount of packaging that the whole world consumes every single day in the name of convenience, and how much of this is not recycled. Thus humans are not only consuming resources, but are also polluting the planet in terms of the large amounts of trash that are being returned to the earth. Can we not go back to the days of lunch boxes? I have read that in some schools in the Philippines, the cafeterias refuse to package the food orders, but instead require their students to bring their own Tupperware containers, and have provided instead for more sinks and soap so that the students can wash their containers after eating. Why can’t everyone do this?
Another thing that is so haunting about the video is that sometimes we will have to eat a banana that has traveled more than halfway around the world to reach us. In doing so, this single apple will have contributed to so much carbon emissions, whether it was placed on a bus, train, boat or plane in reaching its final destination. Just for one banana for dessert, so much emissions have been released into the atmosphere already. This is part of the price the earth has to pay for globalization – now anyone can order goods just about from any point in the world. Thus people will have to strike a balance between globalization and trying to decrease the pollutants in the air.
Finally, there is the issue of the carbon emissions themselves. As humans, one could say that it is only “human” to travel and enjoy some amount of mobility. In doing so, we contribute to the pollution of the atmosphere and to global warming. The effects of global warming are very clear – the United States is one of the biggest polluters on the earth, yet it does not bear the brunt of global warming. The Philippines is not the biggest polluter on the earth, yet in the span of about a year, the strongest typhoon on earth (Typhoon Haiyan) and another recent super typhoon (Typhoon Hagupit) have wrought devastation on this country. This is one of the inequities in life – smaller nations in the path of destructive typhoons will bear the brunt of global warming, as stronger typhoons at the level of Haiyan and Hagupit are said to become the norm, rather than the exception.
Global solidarity and cooperation will surely be needed so as steps can be taken to reduce the human footprint and thus mitigate the negative effects of global warming. It will be up to the bigger nations (who release the biggest emissions) to take action and lead the rest of the world in this act.