We only have have one earth. No one person(s) or company(s) has a right to destroy nature. We are all responsible for this planet. Future generations will be dealing with the consequences of the decisions we make now.  

Most scientists have come to the consensus that pollution/greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere of earth and contribute to climate change. Climate change will contribute to more extreme weather; the cold weather will be cooler, the warm weather will be warmer. Much of the western part of the United States, as well as other parts of the world, rely on snowmelt for fresh water supply; with less snow there’s less water. So areas like California could have extended droughts, similar but more extreme to the one they are currently going through. In the last 20 years the world’s oceans have become 30% more acid. Pollution has caused or contributed to all of these issues. A Lot of pollution is released by industry; people are irresponsibly exploiting resources for financial gain. Our earth has a finite amount of reasons. It is our duty as people of the earth to conserve these resources.

There are countless ways to make an effort to live in a sustainable way. As citizens of the world, it is our duty to protect the planet,. You can do this in simple ways, like trying to buy from companies that use sustainable practices, carpooling, buying local produce, using/buying energy efficient appliances, or some more significant measures could be putting solar panels on your home. If everyone made an effort to maintain our planet, our world would be a better cleaner place.

— Kaitlynn Dolloff, Harwood Union High School, Moretown, Vermont