Take a look around the Republic, and you will see so many reasons why we should focus on fixing our immediate environs as a first step towards fixing the big picture issues that confront us.
The growing anxiety and deepening concern about the environment may appear to be an international focus that has little bearing on our everyday existence.
It is this near blindness that envelops so many of us that we disregard the warning signs that appear every day.
So much depends on our response to the growing threats to our very lives and livelihoods. We pretend that it is not our problem to handle but that of the Government.
Unfortunately, the Government does have to bear some of the blame for this apathy, but that would be finding an excuse for our failure to accept responsibility and role in addressing the situation.
Driving along the highway, we are greeted by the sight of the pile-up of garbage and drivers casually tossing fast food packaging and bottles out of their windows; street corners strewn with rubbish disturbed by vagrants and marauding packs of dogs.
Our shorelines uninviting as garbage washes up sharing space with people utterly oblivious to the dangers of infection.
And below the waterline discarded plastic attracting sea life to thinking that the sparkling sight is welcome food, only to be choked to death.
These are just some of the pictures that demand action if we are to clean up our world and keep the planet liveable.
We start the new year with many environmental concerns to be addressed from our homes to the offices, to the highways and byways, to the beaches, to the industrial plants, to the forests, to the mountains, to the waters inshore and offshore, to the oil wells, to every living and breathing things across our lands and seas.
We should not succumb to a failure to respond to the changes in our environment and to keep pace with our role in ensuring the retention of those things that are of value in our lives.
The worldwide appeal should also be our national appeal to working assiduously to create sustainable environments that make us resilient.
Governmental agencies should also step up efforts to ensure that those who pollute are punished using the laws so long enacted to deal with these matters.
There are excellent examples of corporate T&T embracing the call to join the national effort with programmes within their companies that also reach out to national communities.
Let's start at home with the disposal of garbage using the recycling methods long encouraged by the Solid Waste Management Company.
Theirs is a mantra worthy of embrace "dedicated to doing its part in helping the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to implement modern waste management practices".
Let's respond to the clarion call to the citizens to join the national effort to create a wholesome environment, something that will ensure our very survival.