"IT'S TOO LATE".
To the question “What can we do to change the fate of our planet?” this seems to be the most common response.
Many believe that the possibility of change is a utopian thought: for too many years we have become accustomed to running on immense green meadows contaminated by the abandonment of waste, walking on paths strewn with cigarette butts and swimming in waters polluted by tons of plastic.
We live in a natural paradise that is turning into a mess of waste and stopping the race towards ecological collapse seems impossible.
But aren't resignation and passivity our real obstacles?
Change can no longer be a choice, but rather everyone's goal. For this to occur, collective awareness and an active mentality are needed that can erase the adverb "late" from the environmental glossary.
We at Human Maple thought that this evolution could materialize by promoting environmental education activities in collaboration with the new generations, as well as our future: aware children will become responsible adults, therefore educating and raising awareness from childhood is a first step to safeguard the world in which we live.
Starting from these considerations, our team had the idea of organizing a day of environmental education in the months of June, July and August at four sports centers in the province of Modena and Bologna: San Cesario sul Panaro (MO), San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO), Nonantola (MO) and Pieve di Cento (BO). The educational day was divided into three moments: a first part was entirely dedicated to education and dialogue, describing the Human Maple project and discussing the importance of behaviors associated with a "Green Lifestyle", a way of living that respects the environment and the human being.
The value of separate waste collection and the circular economy, the pollution caused by cigarette butts thrown on the ground and the description of the right conduct to adopt to defend the health of the environment were the central topics of our speech and the children demonstrated the their interest by intervening with numerous questions and curiosities.
Subsequently, we organized two team games: the first involved the recognition of different categories of waste and their correct disposal, while the second consisted of a competition with prizes aimed at collecting waste and butts.
This last activity was certainly the most dynamic and engaging: the teams occupied different areas of the sports field, filling garbage bags and entire plastic bottles with a considerable, as well as alarming, number of cigarette butts.
The interaction with the younger ones was truly satisfying: everyone participated, demonstrating on the one hand strong enthusiasm in cleaning up the surrounding environment, and on the other indignation in seeing how much the rudeness of human beings damages nature.
Our intervention has also achieved concrete results on a practical level: some instructors have reported that many children now pay attention to sorting waste correctly and some of them ask their coaches to help them collect the cigarette butts they see on the ground, “because they pollute!”.
At Human Maple we believe in the value of environmental education to create a better future.
We at Human Maple believe that coexistence with the environment around us can progress.
At Human Maple we believe in change: we can all be the change .
IT'S NOT TOO LATE YET.