Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.

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Improving the environment in Nigeria: my groundbreaking plan

Each time I see a fellow Nigerian throw a biscuit wrap, an emptied plastic bottle, banana peels, or corncobs out of a moving car or while trekking on the sidewalks, my heart breaks, literally. The ease at which Nigerians litter the public with consumed products is an attitude that should be checked.

I have a belief that every trash on the road has a story. The icecream sachet by the curb was thrown by a careless Nigerian in a commuter bus after consumption, and was made to travel long distances by winds generated by speedy cars. This icecream sachet by the curb is very close to a drainage inlet, and with a little push it gets into the drains to join thousands of its brothers.

In Nigeria, we see all too often the havoc trash-choked drainages cause. When heavy rain falls, the drainage gets full because the system is choked with trash. In the Island region of Lagos, for example, flooding is observed every so often because the drains are chocked up.

The problem isn’t more so the drainage designs than it is the attitude Nigerians have with trash. Although some ingenious social enterprises in Nigeria that recycle waste have sprung up, like Wecyclers and RecyclePoints amid others, the core problem is still left unsolved.

Nigerians are not aware of what littering does to the environment. That is why Nigerians carelessly throw trash out their cars and houses. There is also this myopic mentality of ‘my biscuit wrap or plastic bottle is just one trash and how much damage can one trash cause?’.

To help solve this problem, what I will do, what anyone passionate about improving the environment can do is partner with LAWMA (Lagos State Waste Management Authority) and the Federal Government on an aggressive Awareness Campaign against littering. The public must be educated on the environmental hazards littering cause.

I will work with graphic designers who will design creative stickers and posters that will be pasted everywhere as not enough are out there. I will partner with TV stations, radio stations, and newspapers to run soul-searching anti-littering awareness campaigns. It is not enough to just write ‘PLEASE DO NOT LITTER’ as this message has become rather cliché. I and my social network of creative writers will come together to piece words that pierce the heart of Nigerians in hope that the Nigerian will think twice before throwing trash out of vehicles and houses.

A Positive Mindset

Last week I was doing some reflecting, and I was thinking about how far I had come. Then something struck me, a thought, I had changed. My ambitions were changing me. I am no longer the same person I was before I set out on my business. I realized that I had my mind fixed on where I wanted to be and what I wanted to achieve. It struck me hard because I have not always been this positive person.

When I rebranded my blog, I started out with a post that featured a picture reading ‘Time for Change’. People meet and influence each other. Yes, my partner might have woken up that hidden zeal in me, but the real change is happening deep inside me. I am touring a new arena. I am changing from within. I am no longer seeing all the ‘what ifs’. I want something and I’m getting it. You can call it clarity of mind, vision. But I prefer to call it attitude, a positive mindset, a change in mindset. The vision had always been in me, but the attitude was lacking.

What are the things you think are stopping you from achieving your goals?

Quote #118

“The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.” ~ Captain Jack Sparrow

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