One Saturday, during ICE meeting, we discussed « environment ». Environment is everything surrounding us. Volana said: “Environment is divided into two parts: the natural one and the artificial one”.
Then, we came out with all the problems. Let us start with what happen in the countryside. Almost all the farmers still keep the traditional method of rice plantation. For that, they still practice “tavy”. They cut the forest and burn the ground, then plant the rice on the burned soil. The wood will be transformed into charcoal.
I have noticed a thing: people from downtown only “throw rocks” to peasants. But what do they really do for the good of the environment? How many of our homes use charcoal? Then, every where on the streets, what do we have? Answer: trashes. And? And exhaust fumes. And? And polluted smokes from industries…
So, what are the right solutions? The law decided to imprison for life everyone who will be caught burning forest. Is it enforced? I do not think so. At the club, we all said: cars with exhaust fumes should not be allowed here in Madagascar, people practicing “tavy” should be imprisoned, farmers should be more sensitized to use modern method.
But here is the most interesting: we all had been asked if we “personally” care about the environment and what we do to protect it. I am going to speak for myself. I would say YES but what did I really do until now? Can we take into account the fact that I do not throw my trashes anywhere?