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Love Your Mother by Alexandra Carter
Growing up, I always found myself drawn to nature. Whether it was boating in the lake in my backyard, finding trees to climb in the woods, hiking nearby trails, or hammocking on the cliff above the river, I always wanted to be outside. Until I got older, I rarely took the time to appreciate what made all of these experiences so amazing. What made it amazing? The cleanliness. As I grew older, I was given more opportunities to give back to Mother Earth; I began to get involved in beach cleanups and tree planting events, and started making small changes within my own life. I became a vegetarian, reduced my use of plastic by using reusable bottles and avoiding straws, and picked up garbage whenever I saw any. In April of 2018, I moved to Cooper Landing, Alaska to work at the Kenai Princess Lodge. Immediately, I was awestruck by the natural beauty of this lodge.
There was not any pollution of any kind; the skies were clear from light pollution, the mountains were free from garbage, the air was clear from smoke, and everything was breathtakingly beautiful. It was not until this moment that I fully understood the importance of keeping our Earth clean. Kenai Princess promoted the best sense of peacefulness--recycling bins were located around the entire property, plastic use was minimalized, smoking was limited to specific locations known as ‘smoke shacks’, and no trash was left on any of the trails. Wildlife was free to roam. There was no point in time that I walked outside and saw trash laying on the ground or evidence of mass deforestation.
During the summer of 2016 I made the decision to become a vegetarian. This was one of the best choices I could have ever made, not only for myself, but for the world. It breaks my heart to see how our world is treated sometimes, and I do my very best to give back when I can. After all, we only have one Earth and it is our job to keep her clean!
what if we could choose?
where we leave a bruise
there is no excuse
for all our Earth’s abuse
though I’d love to leave my mark
on this earth as I embark
within our global garden
my footprint won’t be carbon
This article was prepared by Alexandra Carter, a first-year architecture student from Kingsland, Georgia.