Environmental Apathy in Young Adults Essay

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Before I start my speech, I want you guys to do something for me. I want you to picture your favorite place outdoors. It can be anywhere. A place you visit frequently, or even a place that you’ve been once, or even just seen in a picture that left a memory, or an imprint in your mind. I want you to picture the animals, the greenery, the fresh air that fills this place. Imagine how many people, and organisms that this one area has affected, and how many of these organisms depend on this place to survive. Now picture this place covered in garbage. Gross, disgusting, stinking garbage. The luscious green color that once blanketed the land has turned into a dull brown. The air that used to smell fresh and clean now wreaks of waste and toxins,…show more content…
But the fact of the matter is, you CAN change the fate of our world simply by caring. Studying the theory of Deep Ecology is what inspired me to write my speech on this topic. It made me realize, after years of trying to convince people to recycle, reuse, and conserve, that the better way to reach people and convince them to change their ways is to convince them to really care about our environment. If you don’t care, why would you take the extra time out of your day to do something? Deep Ecology is a term coined in 1973 by a Norwegian philosopher named Arne Naess. For Naess, the environmental problems our planet has could not be solved alone with facts and logic, it needs to involve spirituality, philosophy, and ethics. Basically, to change the world, no matter how far advanced we are in science and technology, nothing will change unless the people change. The way we live our lives, and how we appreciate the world around us if what will shape the fate of our planet. Deep Ecology suggests that you have a connection with nature, and you’re not just protecting a tree, or a plant, you’re protecting yourself as well. It may seem a little stupid to suggest that we are all equal in the world, but the truth of the matter is, we are all alive. Humans, animals, plants, even insects. We are all living, breathing beings. In an ideal world, we would all coexist, and live amongst each other
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