The World We Live In: A Call to Action

In recent times, our planet’s resources have become humanity’s most precious asset. We all rely on them, and yet, we are currently facing a state of scarcity so severe that it is becoming increasingly difficult for the Earth to sustain us.

For many, climate change and the imminent destruction of resources have been nothing more than a myth or a hallway story. All sorts of comments have been made about it, calling it a fantasy or even impossible. This article is for those who called it impossible, because against all odds, it has already happened.

In recent weeks, Colombia has experienced a brutal drought that threatens to leave us without water. While we all seek to blame someone, this is nothing more than the result of terrible habits and rampant selfishness. By nature, humans tend to think that what they do on their own cannot affect hundreds, but the reality is that everything we do has an impact on the ecosystem in which we live.

In Guatapé, one can see how the reservoir has been drying up, how those bridges that once served to protect us from the water now only separate us from the land. Things have changed; this situation is delicate and complex to manage, and no one knows what to do. For its part, Bogotá has sought to implement water rationing in different sectors to give the reservoirs a break and hope that the rain will soon come with a better panorama for the country.

This is a topic that concerns us all, and from now on, it is in your hands what you are willing to do to protect the place where you live. Creating change does not require great acts; it requires you to do your part every day in small, everyday things.

  • Here are some of the things you can do to make a difference if you adapt them to your routine:
  • Only use the washing machine when you have a full load.
  • Reduce your shower time using your cell phone’s timer. This will help you become aware of how much time you spend using water.
  • Reuse washing machine water to flush toilets and even wash bathrooms or balconies.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your face.

Constantly check your house to avoid unexpected leaks.While all of these things may seem small, they can be significant if you repeat them every day. The trick is to act responsibly and create a process of introspection to determine the impact we have with the activities we carry out.

If you are interested in the topic and would like to know more about how other countries have survived crisis situations of this type, we recommend the Netflix series “Explained,” especially the chapter titled “Day Zero.”

The time to act is now. We cannot afford to wait for someone else to take the first step. Let’s start making small changes in our daily lives to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.

Remember, every drop counts. Together, we can make a difference.

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