Do your part for the environment

Student urges the community to do its part for Mother Earth

I am a 12-year-old, Grade 7 student at Beairsto Elementary School. I have written this letter for you to think about what’s happening to our environment and other living things around us

You might not realize or simply just don’t care that people around us have been dropping empty water bottles, plastic bags they no longer need, candy wrappers and many other things.

All of those things are what animals think they can eat or use.

I have seen birds with thick plastic wrapped around their wings. At the same time, an animal has been wounded from the plastic we use to hold a six-pack of pop cans together. Think, this is all what we have done because we litter. I don’t think that we are proud of that, are we?

I have seen many things that people have just left on the ground or tucked in a bush. For example, I was walking and I saw an ice tea bottle that someone had thrown in a bush at the edge of the sidewalk that I picked up because people could care less where they put things they no longer need.

I think that if there is something that is not supposed to be there, then don’t put it there.

We can make a change if we try.

Some people complain that they don’t walk to pick up garbage because it’s not theirs. In particular, if you are on a walk with your dog and you don’t want to carry the poop bag, you decide to throw it in the bush and pretend that it is not yours. In another situation, there is a piece of garbage tucked in the side of the bench and you see it but don’t pick it up. Why?

If you don’t do so, our world will become one giant piece of garbage.

So if you are on a walk with your dog and you don’t want to carry the dog poop bag, then put it in a spot where you can pick it up on the way back. Also, if there is a piece of garbage tucked in the side of a bench, then pick it up so it won’t blow away and so you can avoid harming an animal.

In the end, you may end up thinking to yourself, “Do I want to pick this piece of garbage up? Well not really, but should I pick it up? Yes.”

 

Holly Keyton

Vernon