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Why We Should Take Better Care of Our Environment

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Landfill collecting garbage, polluting the area around it.

Landfill collecting garbage, polluting the area around it.

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Landfill collecting garbage, polluting the area around it.

Sally Boese, Staff Writer

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Global Warming seems to be a relevant and controversial subject, but it has not always been argued. In fact, studies have been showing the relevance and extreme threats of increase in temperature for only a few decades. Of course, the climate of the earth has been changing for millions of years, but those natural occurrences did not have such a threatening impact as we experience now. Global warming does not only does mean that summers will be hotter, it also means the winters will be colder, storms will be more damaging, and natural disasters will be more prevalent. Although this may seem contradicting, the dramatic change in warmth over the past few years alters the weather normality that the atmosphere is used to, meaning harsher weather all year round, in all types of environments. Warmer air in the ocean, especially, comes with hundreds of risks to the life form relying on it, which is every living thing on the planets– including humans.

It’s our job to ensure our own well- being as well as a safe environment for our future generations to come. It’s time to start giving back to the planet that gives us everything”

— Nadia Turley, Jr

As a small town in the middle of Kansas, we do not experience the worst of the weather, but coastal states are constantly dealing with the threatening tropical storms, which have been occurring more often in the past few years than they had. Even though we may not face the extreme conditions, we can still contribute to the improvement of our climate. For instance, the second week of October was accompanied by 6.5 inches of rain– more than the average 2.4 inches for the whole month. An abundance of precipitation can often upset agricultural routines as well, which affects everyone. Too much rain can create the wrong environment for crops to grow. However, it sometimes feels like it isn’t a problem because we personally still have availability to what we need. “The climate change isn’t a problem, each day I’m still going to show up to school, go to practice, and make the best of every day.” – Honestee Whittaker, sr

Many can speak passionately about the importance of maintaining a healthy environment for all, like junior, Maria Cecenas, who said “It’s not really a problem for us because we’re used to different climates, but it affects animals who are use to one type of weather, who can’t adapt to the global warming.” 

We should all be cautious of the things that affect our environment, even if it doesn’t personally change our everyday lives. Looking out for our planet is more important than many think, and if we continue to release harmful toxins into the air the earth will not be able to compensate or be able to sustain the life depending on it.

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