- Our attitude, Our Environment – Save Mama Salone!
I first want to start by expressing my deepest condolences to everyone who has lost loved ones due to the natural disaster that happened in Sierra Leone on the 13th August 2017. Our country has unfortunately been hit by so many misfortunes and I hope that we still strive to maintain our upbeat, friendly personality despite what we face. I also hope that we take this time to unite, rebuild and learn from our mistakes rather than tear each other apart.
Everyone is talking now but give it two or three months and everything goes back to “normal” like this flood never really happened. We do not really fully address issues. Why is that? Is it a coping mechanism? You know…act like nothing happened and it will seem like nothing really happened? Or is it that we have become indifferent because we have gone through so much as a people?
Apart from not learning from our mistakes, we are oh so good at pointing the finger whenever something negative happens. We do not step back and look inwards to see how we play a role in the way things unfold. And change our ways for the better. No! No! No! That is not our style. Our style is to harshly criticize and to make things worse than they already are. Heck! Why not even post graphic pictures that are very disrespectful to the dead while at it! We can be very insensitive and callous at a time that we should genuinely come together to help and rebuild. We should stop blaming each other and collectively change our attitude for a better tomorrow.
The truth is we all have a role to play in this unfortunate event.
The government has not provided the country with proper housing planning. Neither has it created new necessary laws to safeguard the environment and enforce the ones already enacted. What is the point of having laws if they are not enforced? It does not make sense.
The public should take responsibility for ignoring caution and good sense. Stop building houses on the hillside or right by a bridge or a flow of water.
Using nepotism, bribery and connections to purchase a piece of land and build a massive house in a restricted area does not help YOU in the long run. Taking a piece of land just because the government remains silent and does not enforce laws does not help YOU in the long run. Why? Because we all get affected. Young or old. High or low status. Rich or poor. Educated or not.
A flood does not care who you are or that this or that house belongs to you. It affects everyone. Stop putting garbage in the drainage system. Stop cutting down trees. Stop messing with nature!
Floods are natures way of telling us we need to treat the environment better. Stop cutting down trees. Stop burning the forests. Stop messing with nature and thinking you will get away with it. At the end of the day, we will suffer. We need to pay attention to our environment for things to change.
Prayer is good. I believe in prayer. But praying without doing what needs to be done is futile. Receiving funding to help those affected by the natural disaster is great. But how long do we continue like this? How long? And the tragic, tragic loss of life that could have been avoided! This needs to stop.
How about we show love for ourselves and our motherland by changing the way we treat our environment, and equally important, our attitude?
What are your thoughts? Let’s talk!
Remember, be sincerely you!