We only have one earth, so surely, we should be doing everything we can to take care of it? Yet, the UK generates 290 million tonnes of waste per year, most of which goes into landfills. Furthermore, air pollutants appear to be on the rise, with the World Health Organisation claiming that we are exposed to 2.5 times higher air pollution rates than we should be. And of course, we are bound to simply watch tragedy unfold as the polar ice caps melt, caused by global warming.
So, what should we be doing? Well, we are making progress: we are recycling more than we ever have before which of course lowers the amount of waste our country produces. And, the increase in electric powered cars could be the answer to the poor air quality.
But why stop there. We could attempt to make our school as eco-friendly as possible. This would mean that
teachers could turn off lights as they leave a room.
turning off computer screens when they are not In use.
Our school could invest in some more recycling bins
We could put our rubbish that needs recycling, into those bins
Stop drinking bottled water, unless necessary. Now, around 80% of us drink from bottles that are simply not breaking down quickly enough, leading to them filling up landfills which are damaging the wildlife. So if you do have a water bottle, be sure to refill it instead of buying new ones.
These are of course only a few small ideas which could help our eco system. While they may seem insignificant, they all add up and could do a lot of good. And it doesn’t have to end there. You could take these small bits of advice home and keep spreading the word and making a difference.
But if saving the earth isn’t your ‘thing’ then think of the animals. Polar bears are having their homes destroyed by our continued use of fossil fuels that are simply not renewable. Sea life is being suffocated by litter falling into the ocean and rivers. On top of that, much loved fish and aquatic animals and birds like whales, dolphins, sea turtles and penguins are being impacted by our inaction. All of this could be helped by us making a few lifestyle choices.
While our school contributes to many charities, it seems to avoid the issue of the environment. Therefore, as students we should set an example for the people around us, and years below us to do more to help our environment. You could also help by donating to foundations like the WWF or by adopting or sponsoring animals that have been affected by our actions. https://www.worldwildlife.org/