Since its establishment in1970, the 51st anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 reminded everyone to cherish the earth and live harmoniously with the earth. With Earth Day as the learning theme, the 6th Meadowvale Buddha’s Light Scouts held a special online gathering on the afternoon of April 25. During the one-hour meeting, the Scouts learned a lot of knowledge, concepts, and methods regarding how to care for and how to protect the Earth from the sharing by each team.
The electronic story, Earth Day Every Day, shared by the Beaver Scouts conveyed that the earth nurtured mankind, but mankind kept destroying the earth, abusing the limited resources, polluting the air, producing too much garbage, etc. What we needed to do now was to repair the earth. The story mentioned a good way to exchange and reuse old things, to reduce garbage and avoid waste. In addition, Douglas, the team leader, encouraged everyone to travel green as much as possible like riding bicycles, more walking, and less driving.
The video, Threat of Plastic Pollution to the Oceans, shared by the Cub Scouts showed tens of thousands of tons of plastic ended up in the oceans every year. Under the harsh conditions and non-stop ocean currents, the plastic broke down into microplastics, invaded more biological habitats, posed a potential threat to marine life, and endangered human health. To prevent the situation from getting worse, the use of plastic must reduce. Team leader Jonna demonstrated the correct and safe way of handling the disposable masks and gloves” on the spot.
George and Jada from the Venture Scouts shared their views of Earth Day & Covid-19. They explained that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, disposable masks, face masks, and disinfectant liquid bottles had increased the pollution to the earth. We should properly handle waste items and use biodegradable bottles as much as possible to reduce environmental pollution. George also demonstrated how to make an origami frog and used it to remind us that biodiversity was a precious natural asset and a source that mankind depends on for survival. Therefore, protecting frogs were also protecting a food chain and a food web and maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.
Scout leader Lannie shared with everyone the benefits of making compost in her garden over the years. She also shared her experience in planting a variety of plants to attract birds, bees, and butterflies by providing them with their favourite habitat. In the end, Scout leader Barry hosted Earth Day Q & A. He let everybody further understand that 25% of food in our life was wasted, only 9% of plastic could be recycled, and as high as 90% of our food relied on the bees to pollinate plants.
Protecting our Mother Earth and maintaining a balanced ecosystem should start with each one of us. Just as Venerable Ruan, Monastic Advisor of BLIA Toronto Scouts, said, “taking care of our heart.” Once done well on spiritual protection, one would naturally comprehend environmental protection.