As the New Year has begun, many have made resolutions to create a year better than those before. Although we as humans can start this year with a clean slate, our world cannot.
The environmental harm we have caused our planet persists, and we are only beginning to experience the consequences. Rising sea levels and warmer temperatures are just the start.
I am 17 years old, so the damage we have done to Earth over the years are my generation’s burden to bear, even though we seem to have little control over the detrimental actions in which our elders engage.
The comfortable lifestyles that so many of us live contribute to the mess with which the future inhabitants must live and deal. I propose that we, as a community, make it our New Year’s resolution to start taking action to create a cleaner world.
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From acts as small as taking shorter showers to bigger contributions such as joining environmental advocacy groups like the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, it is our responsibility to make the world safer for the youth and the generations to come.
Giselle Vandrick, Fresno