and always something new to take over each place.
Where nature once flourished, was covered withstuff. Then along came concerned people whosaid, “This is enough!”
Look at this planet. Its under such stress! Ifwe make changes now, we will avoid a bigmess.
If you lend us a hand, we will all work together. We will be able to make our world better.
On April 22nd it will beEarth Day!This is a very specialday that celebratesthe Earth.It is a time toappreciate natureand learn ways toprotect our planet.
This week you will be invited to participate in various activities in honor of Earth day.
Let’s reflect on the condition of our planet and focus on ways we can help take care of it…
On average, every second, five people are born.The global population is doubling every 40 years.
The human population has now hit 7 billion andthe rate of increase is speeding up all the time.
More and more land is being taken by humans forbuilding, farming, roads, airports, reservoirs etc.
Forests are being chopped down either because we want to use thewood or we need the land for other purposes. The ‘wild’ land isshrinking all over the world as humans grab it for their own needs.
This is taking away the habitatsof countless species of animals and plants and many of them will become extinct.
Wonderfulanimalspecies like the elephant, rhino and whaleare on the edge ofextinction in the wild.
We are polluting our planet – causing poisoning of the land, air, and sea. The gases we are carelessly generating here on Earth are drifting up into the atmosphere and causing great damage.
Some of these gases have created ‘holes’ in the fragile layerof gases we call the ozone layer. The ozone layer acts as a vital filter to protect us from the harmful rays of the sun. If we cause too much damage to the ozone layer, it could have very serious consequences for the earth. This includes all the animals and human life!
Another problem we have is our huge appetite for throwaway single use plastics.Just think how many -plastic bags, -plastic cups, & -water bottles you went through this past week.
Because plastics slowly decay, a vast majority of them still exist - somewhere.
Reduce… Use only what you needDont take extra ketchup packets when you only need one or two.
Reduce… Encourage your parents to buy in bulk to minimize packaging waste. Choose products that are not over packaged.
Reuse…Before throwing an item away – think – can it be reused?You can reuse newspaper, magazines, and otherpaper products by using them as wrapping paper. Aluminum cans can be used for storing your craft supplies as well as games with small parts.Make a message pad out of scrap paper.
Reuse… Encourage your parents to use a reusable bag instead of plastic.
Recycle…Before throwing anitem into the garbageThinkCan it be recycled?
Recycle… Pick up litter in your neighborhood and recycle whatever can be recycled – aluminum cans, glass, paper, cardboard and plastic.
Rot…(or Compost)Help the planet byputting all - food scraps - garden waste & - food stained paperin the GREEN BIN
Conserve Energy andWater…Turn off lights, fans or the TV when you leave the room.(unless your little brother or sister is still in there)
Conserve Energy and Water… If it is a warm and sunny day, help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.
Conserve Energy and Water… Don’t leave the water running while brushing your teeth or washing your face and hands. And use less water in your bath or shower.
e for the Air… Using motor vehicles to get around is our biggest polluter. Walk, bike, roller-blade, skateboard instead of using a car whenever possible.
e for the Air… Encourage your parents to turn their engine off at times when they are sitting idle in the car. while waiting to pick while waiting or you up from school at the bridges
Care for the Air… Trees help clean the air! Trees are used to make paper. So to save trees use less paper. Consider using both sides of your paper when coloring, drawing or writing. Try to use less napkins or better yet, use cloth napkins.
If you can do some of these things you will make a difference.It isnt hard, and with just a little bit of work, you will behelping to make the world a better place for you and me.
“…the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss