Homework: Student Voices January 05, 2009
Snow-laden trees now grace western Colorado. Will we always enjoy such a winter sight? Students at Mount Garfield Middle School and East Middle School express concerns over global warming and the preservation of forests.
Cut down on paper use
Cutting down trees is just like stealing our air. People are taking homes from millions of animals all the time. A good solution would be to only cut down a couple of trees a day and use all the wood for a good reason. If we didn’t cut down so many trees, we could live longer. We could start using less paper so we could save more trees. Schools and businesses should start to save more paper.
Rikki Estes, 12, Mount Garfield Middle School
Push back Earth’s due date
Global warming is a huge problem. We are killing off the polar bears, and soon we are going to be them. The polar bears live on glaciers and when the glaciers melt, they drown. Also, when all the ice melts, we can say goodbye to our coasts. Forests will stop growing, which means no oxygen, no humans. The heat will prevent any plants from growing. We might be able to push back Earth’s due date if we try to pollute as little as possible and convince other people to do the same. We could also encourage scientists to find a way to rebuild our atmosphere. Hopefully, we can then save the polar bears and our coasts. So, please help save our planet and lives.
Keira Trujillo, 12, East Middle School
Stop using pollutants
Global warming is a problem that worries people. The New York Times reported scientific evidence that the release of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases from smokestacks, tailpipes and burning forests has played a central role in raising the average surface temperature of Earth by more than one degree Fahrenheit since 1900. As The New York Times said, pollution is a factor. Over the North Pole the ozone layer is quickly disappearing. We need to stop using polluting items. If we stop using polluting items, the ozone layer will last longer. The glaciers will last longer, and the ocean will not rise too much. Everyone stop using big pollutants.
Kyle Slagle, 13, Mount Garfield Middle School
Turn global warming around
Global warming is overheating into the biggest problem these days. Over the past 30 years of observation, the Arctic ice coverage has hit a second all-time low. Saving energy and having more renewable energy are two ways to help. China has already set a goal to decrease the level of energy used by 20 per cent and raise renewable energy by 10 per cent by 2010, says a Chinese official. If you’re wondering what to do to help, you can turn off your lights when you don’t need them, carpool with friends or ride your bike or walk. With a little determination and your help, we can turn things around just in time.
Madison Slater, 12, East Middle School
Plant more trees for sake of animals
People should start recycling and help plant more trees. Of course, we do need wood to make paper and fuel, but we need to be aware of how much we use. People also cut down trees so they can build houses. We should make a rule that says for every tree cut down we should plant two more. Wild animals’ homes are being taken away. By planting trees, we can help to restore wildlife habitat. Trees also create cleaner air with not as much carbon dioxide in it. So, start recycling and planting trees so we can create a better environment.
Jolie Surber, 13, Mount Garfield Middle School
Deforestation takes a toll
Deforestation is one of the most harmful things we can do to the environment. It hurts animals’ habitats and in some cases for the animals it’s like someone coming to your house and cutting it down. Right now I probably sound like a tree hugger, but I’m not. I’m just saying that we should be just a little more conservative and replant some of the trees we cut down. Some of the logging companies probably do replant trees, but in areas like South America they don’t do it as much. Replanting trees helps rebuild our environment and in 10 or 20 years the logging companies will have more trees to cut down. I don’t think the logging companies can disagree. So, presidents of logging companies, if you want more trees in the future, I suggest you start replanting.
Conner Travis, 13, Mount Garfield Middle School