Environment

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY TWENTY FIRST CENTURY CHILD By Alex Butler I AM SORRY about the shape the world is in, and for being part of a generation that neglected to consider the impact our behavior would have on your future. We have failed to protect our habitat by indulging in a way of life that has despoiled the land, sea and air. And we've valued convenience over sustainability, creating a stressful lifestyle that has increased loneliness and diminished community. Our short-sightedness has played havoc with your future and now it is you and your generation whose shoulders, hearts and minds are burdened with the problems we leave behind. We are remorseful and want to use our hard-earned wisdom to help create a better future for you. Can you forgive us? Please...
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The title of this letter is the attitude that commits our planet to passing the point of no return with climate change. I myself was somebody who thought this way for the longest time - I saw brushing my teeth in the shower, carpooling to work, or riding my bike instead of driving as inconveniences that would yield no results. In reality, the outcome of these actions is what you believe it will be. If you say they're insignificant and therefore you don't do them, our situation will stay the same or worsen. The people around you will probably take the same attitude too. If you do the opposite and turn yourself into a force of change while inspiring others to do the same, before you know it it could become the new norm. When everybody contributes a little bit, a lot gets done, and without...
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To Those Who Care About The Earth, The Amazon is “gasping for air” What actions are you taking today to help it breath? Deforestation within the Amazon has played a central role in the negative effects posed on wildlife and the place they call home in the largest rainforest on the face of the Earth. The Amazon has taken a large beating from deforestation…and is expected to lose almost one fourth of its trees by 2030 if the rate keeps going in the same direction. This reality should open your eyes to see the drastic and horrible effects of simply using paper wastefully can have on the world as a whole. The main cause for this tragedy is the increased demand for cattle ranches, room for plantations, and building more roads throughout the land. You have the option of contributing...
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Traveling within our country is truly special. We have dry red deserts, snow-capped mountains, vast flat plains, deep blue lakes, and rapid rivers. Since it is such a treasure, it is always exciting when my mom randomly states “let’s go. Right now.” With a packed up grey blue minivan, we go to national parks and monuments where these special places reside. I grew up traveling around this country for 18 years; seen it change but bloom with more excited tourists, like myself. However, I have also seen more fossil fuel companies mining more of these beautiful landscapes. Why do we see this as a concern? In 2017, Trump cut down the size of two national monuments in Utah for fossil fuel companies. Half of the land that was once beautiful red rock wilderness, with buttes and Native American...
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An open letter to all Environmentalists, “Renewable” energy sources are awful. So many people rave over how “good they are for the environment”, or that they are “cheaper and more efficient”. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case, Renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric do massive damage to the environment and have the poorest efficiency ratings of all available power sources. One of the most agreed upon power sources is hydroelectric, it makes use of a natural process and doesn’t require any dangerous chemicals or pollutants. However, there are a few significant problems. First, it is incredibly expensive. Costing billions of dollars to install, it will take many years to recoup the initial cost. Secondly, the production of power is completely dependent on the...
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Dear Muslims, I see and understand that you are mistreated, and it is not your fault, it is unfair for you to not be treated like a human. It is not right to just take away someones self worth and dehumanize them, someone has to stop this and say something they need to stand up for you. I believe that you have as much worth as me and that someone should never make you feel not enough for them because you are enough for them. I know that it is probably hard to be hopeful and being invisible but you are not you matter to a lot of people, you matter to me. It is unfair to be treated like an other because the way you are born or what you believe in. They way you look doesn't define who you are. You are not invisible, and you shouldn't feel that way because many people value you. People...
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Bueno, descubri que soy bisexual hace unos 9 meses aproximadamente por ahora solo mis mejores amigos lo saben, mi bisexualidad es rara porque yo no me veo en una relación sentimental con un hombre pero si con una mujer, pero me veo en un encuentro sexual con cualquiera de los 2, hay dos chicas en mi instituto que son lesbianas o bisexuales (no lo tengo claro) que se volvieron novias y todo el mundo se lo toma a bien y nadie le ve lo malo, en cambio si en mi caso digo que soy bisexual me harían bullying por "maricon" y la verdad tengo suficientes líos como para tener que vivir con eso y la verdad me gustaría decirlo y que alguien de mi mismo sexo me besara solo por la experiencia y probar algo distinto pero me siento en un ambiente presionado y poco abierto con el lgbt con los hombres. UN...
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Jet Holder 3/1/19 Bullying The issue of bullying is a big problem not only in books and in movies, but is a huge real life problem. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), around 4,400 kids commit suicide because they are severely bullied every day. This is horrible and shocking and kids who are victim to bullying, bullies, schools, and the kids parents should do more to end this. The issue of bullying was brought to my attention through the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Throughout the novel, the main character Junior is bullied very often and this example is not only in the book, but in real life as well. In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Junior is bullied a lot. He is bullied for how he looks...
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To Woodstock/Oxford County, I am writing this not to satisfy my own agenda but to make myself apart of yours. Our city needs a compost/green bin system. There are multiple municipalities who have implemented this system and evidently reaped the benefits. Also, said municipalities are double, triple and maybe even quadruple our size yet still manage to collect it all, so why couldn't we? As our city grows so does our waste. A compost system would allow for the reduction of greenhouse gasses which would put Woodstock on the map for being environmentally responsible. The environment we live in is directly affected by our actions. It is time for this community to do our part in protecting the environment we have so that my generation and the generations after me have the same...
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Dear every human being ever, Through school, I'm sure many of you have learned about the ecosystem and a good amount at that. Most of you may have even had projects about it! However, you probably haven't tried to fix the problems. Let me get straight to the point. People are destroying the ecosystem at every moment. From poaching black bears to throwing a plastic bag away, the ecosystem is getting constantly destroyed little by little. Animals once so common like bees are becoming few, and with the other things are dying too. Food like fruit or honey is becoming harder to produce, and predators are dying, but prey are blooming. Some animals are harder to find and there are not enough to support other animals, but there are some that are overcrowding the area, which then lowers the...
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