I was sitting in class the other day when I happened to come across this fantastic image. I knew I’d definitely be sharing it online.
What a powerfully accurate message. It definitely stuck with me.
Here’s the thing: Us and Nature, we’re interconnected. Dependent on one another. Without nature, we’d have a lot less to look at and enjoy, and that’s only the start. No more lush gardens, no more nature walks. Humans are visual creatures and nature is a gift to us- we are privileged enough to be allowed to enjoy it, but it is vital we play a role in preserving it. Without the natural environment, the human species will eventually die out. Think of it like this: Certain plants provide us with food: fruits and vegetables. These are healthy and supply us with sufficient vitamins and minerals needed to keep us healthy and well. And trees? That’s our life source! We breathe out carbon monoxide which the trees take in, releasing oxygen for us to breathe. Such a simple yet complex process.
Our Forests and wildlife parks are home to Flora and Fauna alike. They house many species that without proper care, would die out. Nowadays, many of these places are heritage listed, protected by the government and the law. This, I believe is a step forward seeing as more and more people are in agreement: The environment is important and we need to protect it.
All around us, as I type this, the environment, somewhere, is being destroyed. ‘More buildings’, they say. ‘This forest.. demolish it. Put some apartments here’. It’s almost like we’ve forgotten how to act. It’s key that we, as a society, and more globally, as a planet, educate ourselves on how to take better care of our surroundings and live harmoniously as one. A good reason for this? Taking the time now will ensure the optimal survival and knowledge of generations to come. While there’s still time, we need to cultivate a love for the living world, which we, in turn, can pass onto others.
Nowadays, most of our actions are based on what we desire, not what is right. We litter, why? Because we don’t want to get up and throw our rubbish away. We destroy our forests and natural environments because we NEED more. More, more, more. Why do we not think about our actions and the impact it has on not just us, but everything? The way we currently live is unsustainable and fairly dangerous. We are only guests on this planet. Guests, and not very good ones at that. We no longer walk lightly on the Earth, as other creations do. We leave a mark, a lasting mark. We are a callous society. We take, but we do not give! We will not be here forever, but Nature lives on. That seed from twenty years ago? That’s now a big, beautiful tree. Past generations cared enough not only for Mother Nature but for the current generation too. They cared enough to leave us with something too. The human spirit is wild. As children, our unpolluted minds held a great love for this planet. We played among the plants and animals, and we got along. We got by, didn’t we? Maybe, just maybe, we were wiser then. But we grew up, and we became proud: we thought we knew what was and wasn’t worth caring about, but do we really? Maybe we can learn something from our younger selves. Maybe we should’ve never grown up. Because growing up means growing as people, and clearly, CLEARLY, we have not done that. We need places where no man has touched, beauty much more than that of what is manmade.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘environmentalist’ chucked around somewhere. A person who is connected to nature and believes in its protection. They do no job we shouldn’t already do. I challenge you all to be environmentalists. Foster a love for all that is natural, live sustainably. What you take care of today will take care of you tomorrow. When you hurt the planet, all you’re hurting is yourself. This is our only home. We have one chance to do things right.
For today’s post I’ll be doing an updated version of my biggest success.
This week, my grade, Year 8, went on a school camp to the Snowy mountains. On Thursday, we planned to go and climb Mt Koscuisko. For those of you who who don’t know (yet), this is Australia’s highest point. And at 2,228 metres, rightfully so. Or maybe not so much. Compared to the mountains of other countries, Mt Koscuisko is hardly impressive. Take Mt Everest, for example. Standing at 8,848 metres, it’s no wonder it holds the record of world’s highest mountain. Scary!
On Thursday, everybody had to wake up at 6 am. To get to the area where we’d start our climb, we had to take a chairlift up. The bus trip from our accommodation to the venue took around an hour and a half. We got there about 8 am. I had stayed up late the evening before so I was really glad I wasn’t tired!
The chairlift was the kind that swung around and you sort of just fell into the seat. I hate those types because I just feel like I’m going to hurt myself. The chairlift could hold a maximum of four people so I went on with three friends. We thought it was pretty scary going up. Especially when it started to go higher and higher! But that was nothing compared to going down. My friends decided to scream to make themselves less scared- not sure how that works. Pretty twisted logic if you ask me!
When we got off the chairlift, I for some reason, thought we had already gotten to the summit of the mountain. Really, we hadn’t even begun yet. The walk up was pretty hard in general and didn’t really get easier even as we kept walking. The first kilometre was the hardest, I found. I’m definitely not used to walking so much!
At the beginning, I kept up and reached the first stop point with the fastest group of people. After we had rested for a bit we kept on walking. The lower areas of the mountain didn’t have as much to see as when we got higher up but it was still beautiful. At one of the lowest points of the walk, we came to a valley type area. You could see lots- it was all very green at this point though.
The path that we were walking on had lots of ups and downs. There were many stairs too. At one point, I fell down and had to rest for ten minutes. I took some pictures of mountain flowers and the view though, so it was time well spent.
During the last 2ks before reaching the summit, I didn’t really want to continue the walk, but, I did, and I’m glad. It would’ve been a pity to come so far only to give up, so I pushed on. At this point, we were very high up. It was quite windy and I was pretty much being blown away. The view was definitely worth it though, and when I finally got to the top, I felt really proud. I was literally at the top of the world. I was the highest thing in Australia!
The whole walk took a very long seven hours, and was a total of 13 km’s long. Needless to say, I was very tired after that!