My Little Pond
2021, Senior, Performing Arts
When I thought of my favourite water memory, the little pond behind my house immediately came to mind. That patch of frozen water brought me tranquillity and peace even in my darkest times. When I skated, I could breathe in the bitter cold air, feel the trees sway alongside me, and listen to the tune of the birds. It was my canvas, a place where I could carve out my emotions and seek therapy from mother nature herself. After doing research about the rising water levels, I grasped the reality of climate change. The sheer amount of greenhouse gases that humans create is astounding. Our wasteful use of natural resources has tampered with the climate for so long that we now simply choose to ignore it. In school, we hear about the news reports and statistics, but after all those numbers were drilled into our heads, they simply become digits. While creating this piece, I reflected on the detrimental effects of our wasteful lifestyles. I realized how each and every product of waste that we produce leads to the destruction of simple things we fail to appreciate. I didn't want to use too many facts, but rather create a personal attachment through my movements and words. The end of the world sounds far and obtuse, but if my city floods, if the weather becomes unbearable, and if my pond dies out? The threat is no longer just a statistic, it becomes reality. I have learned to be mindful of all my daily activities, using reusable or compostable materials, conserving water and electricity, and even starting a compost pile. This beautiful pond is a place that I hold near and dear to my heart, but at the rate of consumption we are going at, it will cease to exist. Therefore, I am dedicated to doing all that I can to protect this planet, and I hope my video encourages you to do the same. We all deserve a metaphorical little pond.