Kiley A. New Jersey

We need Green Roofs.

This letter address how Green Roofs can help improve our environment.

Dear President,

The Environmental Audit Committee recently argued that air pollution brings almost the same death toll as smoking. States Air pollution is a HUGE problem all over the world. By just making a small change, we can drastically change our air quality. We can improve our environment. But before we stop global warming, we have to improve our air quality. Let's take it one step at a time, Green Roofs are a great way to improve our air quality. A great way to improve our environment. says, a green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems.

Green Roofs help absorb bad air pollution and toxins such as, CO2, and other harmful nitrates.. The plants on the green roofs reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and produce oxygen says, That is very important because, well… we need oxygen to breathe. Green Roofs also `remove heavy metals from the air (airborne particles). These heavy metals can be very toxic to us and cause heavy metal poisoning, says Which can sometimes be fatal. By having Green Roofs we can prevent people from getting sick from air pollution, and have the CO2 in the air be turned into oxygen. Green Roofs are a great way to improve our cities environment.

Green Roofs are recyclable and help the environment by saving supplies needed for normal roofing. Green Roofs help the environment by using recyclable products when they are made. Instead of using Rubber, polyethylene and expanded polystyrene rigid foam for a normal roof, Green Roofs use only a natural clay, says You can purchase this clay at several online stores, so it's relatively easy to access. By having green roofs we can save a lot of materials, which is a a way of recycling. Green Roofs are a great way to improve our environment.

Green Roofs reduce the heat island effect, which is the main cause of ozone production. The heat island effect is An urban heat island (UHI) is a city or metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities, says This could majorly change our whole climate problem. It has been proven that in large cities temperature can decrease by 50 degrees celsius in 2 years, states says Green roofs also absorb solar radiation. Solar radiation could be extremely harmful not only to our environment, but to us too. Solar radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer. We could decrease solar radiation in time by just trying with these solar roofs. Green Roofs are a great way to improve our environment.

Some people will argue that individual Green Roofs will not have a huge effect on our environment. Which is true, if one person gets a Green Roof we are not going to see drastic changes in our environment just like that. However, in large areas, such as cities, Green Roofs can have a tremendous effect on our air quality says Green Roofs are a great way to improve our environment. Another problem is cost, it cost approximately $25 per square foot of the roof.

What will happen to our world if we don't do anything to clean our air? How will we breathe? How will we survive? You don't want to find out. Air pollution is a huge problem and it is ruining our environment. We have to take care of our earth. Before stopping huge problems, like Global Warming, we can do smaller things. Like improving our environment. Even smaller, our air quality. We can improve lots of things with Green Roofs. Air quality, recycling, and the Heat Island Effect. Let's do it! Save our generation from bad air quality, and garbage heaps. Maybe even Global Warming. Who knows.

Sincerely, Kiley A

Brielle Elementary

Eighth Grade Citizens

The students in the eighth grade who wished to post their letters are featured here. Students worked for several weeks in both Social Studies and Language Arts classes, crafting their arguments. They participated in Penpal Schools Decision 2016 as well as Media Literacy Week.

All letters from this group →