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Saving the Planet

deforestationBy Alesha Dodd

Hi my name Alesha Dodd I’m 15 years old and in 10th grade. I’m going to talk about saving the planet.

4-Her’s all over the world are trying to help the environment by growing gardens with no harmful fertilizers or pesticides. They help by picking trash off the side of the road or in parks and cities. Also reusing trash like plastic, paper or cardboard for projects. Earth is the most beautiful planet in our solar system… and as far as we know, Earth is the only planet that can sustain life on it.

Man used to have a good relationship with Earth. However, since humans developed cities and industries, the modern lifestyle has changed. Man has been using and misusing natural resources up to the limit. Now we are tearing up remote corners of the planet looking for crude oil and coal, and our forests and wildlife are paying for it. We are polluting are environment: we drinking polluted water, inhaling air full of dust, and eating food with traces of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. That is why we are suffering from so many diseases and sickness today. Humans are killing this beautiful planet God made for us.

We are destroying the environment through ways such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, farming, and industry, all of which produce great amounts of greenhouse gases.

Why it is important to have plants.

Plants are the base of the food chain and the source of energy for almost everything. The forest gives us oxygen, food, shelter, medicines, and fuel. It also protects us from the heat of the sun, and from wind, cold, and rain. It maintains the balance of nature, the environment, the climate, and the weather. We could not live on this planet without the forest. But we are destroying it, and we are destroying our future here on earth.

Trees are cut down for many reasons but the main reasons are to make space to build new houses and businesses and to clear land to grow grass for cows and goats for dairy products and to eat and sheep for wool. The trees that are cut down are often sold and made into paper and furniture.

Cutting down trees is called deforestation and it can have serious effects. If animals’ homes, which are built in and around the trees, are destroyed, many species will become extinct. For example, many different types of animals in South America were lost before scientists could learn about them.

Save the wildlife.

Some people say the Earth belongs to mankind, but it doesn’t! At least not all of it, because the animals also live on earth so if we destroy earth, we destroy the animals. Our Earth belongs to all living things, but we overpowered many species and killed them for our own uses. Now thousands of species are extinct because their habitat is gone. Animals, like birds, and insects have built a better environment for us, provided us with many things like food, and help us pollinate the plants and flowers that we use. They may just be creatures, but they have helped God take care of nature. So, the only wise thing to do is to save the wildlife and their habitat.

Through deforestation, urbanization, industrialization, and pollution, our environment is being destroyed. Flows of energy, nutrients, and other elements are disrupted. Pollution is becoming one of the most popular killers. Levels of air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution, and food contamination are high. Human interference has brought nature close to destruction. Now we all must come together to save the environment.

How you can help save the environment. 

There are many ways to help save the environment; for instance, you could use less water like when you brush your teeth or take shorter showers or even wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot all the time. You can recycle, put plastic and paper in two different bins. You could have a compost pile to throw the extra food away so you’re not throwing as much trash away. You can use less power by turning off the lights when you leave the room, you could also unplug your computer or phone chargers when you’re done using it. You can also use less plastic and more card bored and glass. There are so many ways to help the environment. Once you get started it’s easy to see the difference you’re making.

If we destroyed all the forest and the animals, then we would not be able to do forestry or wildlife in 4-H. It’s my favorite part about 4-H, to learn about the animals that live in the forest and learn about the trees they live in. So, ask yourself, do you want to be a part of saving the planet so we don’t have to give up the things we love?

Thank you.

~ Alesha Dodd

Alesha Dodd, 15, has been homeschooled her whole life.

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