Juliana M. California

Environmental Protection

The government should invest more in environmental protection.

Dear President,

The government has done a great job in addressing the civil needs of people, whether it be through improving education, jobs, healthcare, etc. However, I feel that more attention should be directed towards the protection of the environment. The resources we use and the air we breathe are all being negatively impacted by our negligence towards the earth. Many of us do not realize how important it is to keep our eco-system clean, which is resulting in many problems that can threaten our future. However, I feel that with the help of the government, our environment can be improved immensely.

Keeping our environment healthy and devoid of filth should be a moral duty for everyone, given all of the positive resources that the earth provides for us. The water we drink, the air we breathe, and the soil we walk on are all things that we take for granted. With that said, we are not demonstrating enough concern for our eco-system, resulting in harmful habits. However, I feel that the government could play a key role in putting forth new ideals and raising awareness for the protection of the environment. Investing in environmental education in schools, funding organizations, etc. are just some ways in which the government could spread this message and encourage people to take action. All we really need is a shift in mentallity. If people begin to see protecting the earth as their personal obligation, then perhaps they will become more active in doing so.

In addition to funding environmental education, the government should certainly take a hands-on approach by investing in healthier forms of disposing waste and generating electricity, for instance. One way to do this is by installing more solar panels and wind turbines that will allow for a greener way of acquiring renewable energy sources. Therefore, by funding new scientific research and development, the government will allow for positive change in the right direction.

The government's duty is to protect the health and well-being of people. This same policy should apply to the environment as well. After all, if the earth continues to deteriorate, so will our health. We are completely dependent on the state of our environment and one day, all of the harm we are imposing will catch up to us and it will begin reeking havoc on our own state of well-being. In fact, the pollution in the air is already taking a toll on our lungs and will only worsen over time if we do not do something about it. Thus, this is clearly an urgent matter that should be met with upmost concern on the government's part.

Making sure our water is clean and eliminating waste in the community are just some of the smaller ways that the government can help that can generate great change. By doing so, it is setting a standard for the way the community should be and the way it should care for the environment. The government, above all else is most capable in instilling proper habits, educating the public on the importance of protecting the earth and investing in new scientific discovery that will create a greener, healthier earth. Thus leading to a much brighter future that fosters a newfound appreciation and respect for the environment.

John Henry Francis Polytechnic High School

Honors English 10 B / Period 3

Sophomore English class in the magnet program of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California.

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