We need to make a change
Everyday, the planet I live on gets polluted and that is a terrible thing. When my friends and I walk to our local village store after school to get a sandwich or something to eat before we come back to the school to play basketball each afternoon, we see so much trash on the side of the road. From beer cans to cigarette butts, chip bags, and more in the woods next to the path we take to the store, it makes me realize how much pollution there is in this world. To be fair, this street is the busiest road in our town, however, there are only 7,000 people in Easton. Imagine what it is like in bigger towns. We need to make a change not only in my town but around the world: people need to stop polluting and being careless.
The first reason we need to stop pollution is we are killing the sea animals that are crucial to our ecosystem and our planet. According to a North Carolina publication, “Researchers estimate that over one million animals die each year after becoming entrapped in or ingesting litter” 2018). We need to stop hurting these animals. How would you feel if your dog or cat died you may not love the animals dying as much but they are just as important. These animals dying are messing up the food chain and making this a less stable ecosystem. The second reason we need to stop pollution is to maintain a safe planet for the next generation of children. The ice caps are melting fast and we need to do all we can to stop this because according to the World Wildlife Organization:
Even if we significantly curb emissions in the coming decades, more than a third of the world’s remaining glaciers will melt before the year 2100. When it comes to sea ice, 95% of the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic is already gone. (Hancock, n.d.)
We need to stop burning fossil fuels and need to find a better way to produce energy because if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels causing the ice to melt then global sea level would rise approximately 70 meters (approximately 230 feet), flooding every coastal city on the planet. (Merril, Sleeter, Freeman, Liu, Warwick, Reed, 2018).
This stat from the United States government sums up exactly why we need to stop because people’s homes will be flooded and inland cities will be packed with people. This is not a world we want to leave for our younger generations. These reasons show why we need to make a change now and everyone can help make a change themself by not littering.