The recent news item in the Sunday Bulletin about the rising levels of pollution in Temburong River is indeed an eye-opener when it comes to keeping our green environment clean.
We have been blessed with a clean, green habitat that receives regular rainfall and offers a warm temperature all year around.
It's sad to see that some of us take our habitat for granted and hope that the evil we plant by damaging our pristine rainforest areas will somehow go away.
This happens regularly in our beaches as well as when we go picnicking in secluded areas in our rainforest kingdom.
Most picnickers do not clean up and leave it as clean as it was before they arrived.
Lessons on cleaning up after a picnic can be taught to young children, but how can we teach adults?
They should know better and set an example to their young children to act with some responsibility.
Little bad habits such as these can grow to mammoth proportion like what we read in the Sunday Bulletin news.
The pollution on Temburong River, which may have started small, has now reached a worrying level, than us carelessly polluting with left-over food and plastic bags.
Yet as commonsense dictates pollution begins with small actions. If one litters in a small way to begin with, one may not see or notice the big destruction one can cause by one's sheer unconcern for the environment.
What we read about the Temburong River pollution has ended up with high level authorities visiting after the destruction caught the attention of government authorities.
Luckily action is set to be taken to ensure that damage to the area caused by negligent construction-related activities is reduced.
The Minister of Development himself, who made a working visit to Temburong, said that some quarry operators in the area have been mismanaging their operations, resulting in the rising levels of pollution in the river.
This pollution had not only destroyed the local eco-system but also the very livelihood of people living in the area who are dependent of natural resources provided by the waterways.
The quarry operation has been running in this way for the last three to four decades and authorities found that some of the activities conducted by them had not complied with regulations, bringing negative impacts, especially on the river.
It even resulted in the water quality in Temburong River going down as well as get murky, proving that the filtering process when cleaning gravel dug up from quarries was not up to required standard.
More trouble followed as even the lobster and fish population began to dwindle, hitting the local fishing income.
Hopefully the authorities will act fast and teach the perpetrators how to carry out their business without harming our habitat further.
So we can see what happens when one does not discipline one self against little careless actions against the environment.