Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to 2015.
Nearly two and a half decades ago, an American science fiction film called Back to the Future II was released in theaters. The main characters use a time machine to travel back and forth in time: between 1985, the past and 2015, the future. Thus, through this movie, audiences of the late twentieth century were presented with a clear yet speculative idea of what the future would look like.
Amusingly enough, we have finally arrived at 2015, the year of the future. And with the exception of flying cars, we have achieved most of the technological advancements predicted in the film: Internet video chat systems such as Skype, ubiquitous cameras, flat screen televisions, head-mounted displays and motion video games such as Microsoft Kinect.
Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that we have made unbelievable progress in the fields of science and technology over the past two decades.
But if I told you that the world is actually coming to an end, would you believe me?
Don’t start panicking just yet, and hear me out.
When it comes to saving our society from its numerous ills, individuals can be categorized into one of the following groups.
The first group of people consists of those who lack the knowledge of existing issues and the awareness to realize that they are aggravating them through either inaction or harmful behavior. Take the problem of electronic waste, for example. Did you know that the world throws away around 50 million tons of electronic waste every year? According to OVO Energy, this is equivalent to four million double decker buses stretching to the moon and back more than three times. For the edification of this group of people, the first section of this column, What is the issue?, will provide interesting facts, as well as a brief overview of the issue at hand.
The second group of people consists of those who are well-aware of the issue, but still consciously choose not to engage in improving the situation. There are various explanations for which a person may be inactive and uninspired, the biggest of which being his lack of acknowledgement of the urgency and harms involved in a certain issue. In order to remedy this lack of passion, the second section of this column, Why should you care?, will help you realize why you must act now, instead of waiting for a fairy to magically appear and save your society.
The third group of people consists of those who are both aware of the situation and motivated to act but are not sure what to do. Many students belong to this category, as they believe that teenagers are not powerful enough to create an impact. The last section of the column, What can you do?, will be dedicated to this specific group so that they can apply their knowledge and passion to the real world through creative, practical solutions.
The final group of people are the ones who possess all the key attributes—a complete awareness of the issue, an impenetrable sense of conviction and passion and a clear understanding of creative solutions. Ultimately, these people are our heroes, the “saviors of our society”; and it is my goal as the writer of this column, Save Our Society (SOS), to inspire more students to belong into this final group.
So let me reiterate: the world is coming to an end.
As the future generation, we have an obligation to actively seek ways to create change for the better. So what are you waiting for? Save our society. Save your society.