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Global Warming

By Carly W.

Global warming is an issue people are made more and more aware of every day. Speakers and journalists travel to many different high schools to make teenagers like me aware of the situation happening in the world that we live in; but why?

I currently attend John Rennie high school, and not to long ago, the school had an investigative journalist come in to speak to us on what the situation is and what is in store for us if changes aren’t made. Once the students were settled in the auditorium, the journalist began to talk about the consequences of polluting our planet. Most students were listening intently, interested and scared at the picture he was painting. The journalist accomplished his first mission, to capture our attention; he quickly lost it when he began to talk about solutions to our big problem called global warming. He kept going on and on about how the government should do this and the government should do that, while all the students were wondering is how does this have anything to do with us? As teenagers, we can’t affect the government’s choices.  We don’t have any say in where money is spent, so instead of wasting time explaining how the government is being irresponsible, tell us how we as teenagers can help!

At John Rennie we have a ‘Green Team’ consisting of a teacher and student volunteers whose main purpose is to help the environment. The green team is currently making beds for families in underdeveloped countries out of recycled milk bags that are brought in by the students. We have recycling bins placed all over the school, and we have many activities and class projects to make every student aware of what can happen if we do not take responsibility for our actions and fix the mess we have created. I’m 16 years old and the attitude of some kids my age is that it was the generations before us who made the mess so why the heck should we have to repair their mistakes? Everyone who says that needs to get over themselves. If we don’t take action now, there may be little left for our children and our children’s children! If we all want to live in a healthier environment and we all want to save the world, we need to stop putting blame on others and look to ourselves. What can we do as individuals? Personally, I do little things on my part to help. Such as: I don’t leave the water running while I brush my teeth, I never pollute, in fact it makes me angry when I see people litter. I always recycle and I take public transportation. I know there is always more I can do to do to help save our world. We should all ask ourselves, what more can I do? Where can I help make a difference?

I found a few great websites that can help answer those questions. Check out the National Geograpic website at:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/gw-solutions.html

or this one that tells you everything you need to know about recycling:
http://www.eartheasy.com/live_recycling.htm