Ignorant Citizens Pollute Earth

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Samantha Martin, Reporter

Severe changes are affecting our environment and the way people live everyday. Global warming and climate change has been talked about as far back as 1800, but it didn’t start to be widely talked about until 2015. According to the American Institute of Physics, there was a collapse in an Antarctic ice sheet, which made the water in the ocean rise. Global warming poses a problem; on an average day our Earth faces pollution in the form of sulfur, carbon dioxide gases and waste. The gases come from the cars that people drive everyday. By not recycling, we are only making our Earth a more impure place and also destroying our natural habitats. For example, trees are being cut down faster than they can grow. Recycling is important; something as simple as recycling paper or firewood can make an incredible difference.

In Lake Havasu City, each house is distributed one recycling bin, which makes recycling manageable. Most people are willing to recycle. “I do recycle. I think that if more people don’t, animals will be affected and some could possibly go extinct if their habitats begin to be destroyed,” freshman Kawai Kaluli said.

Not only are we putting ourselves and our Earth in danger, but we are also putting the animals and their habitats at stake. According to Do Something, over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals are killed by pollution every year. Humans who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20 percent higher risk of death from lung cancer than people who live in less polluted areas.

These statistics are not meant to scare but to inform people on what is going on in our Earth today. Recycling is just as easy as throwing something away. We all need to make this change in our life. If we don’t change our behaviors as a society, pollution will get worse for future generations to come.