Dear Next President:
Richard Rogers once said, “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.” There are many problems that our country faces that you will have to address while you are in office. I am writing this letter to bring to your attention about some strident problems that I care a lot about. These issues need to be addressed by you to help our only home, the Earth. Environmental concerns such as climate change, preservation of wildlife, and pollution need your sanction as well as others for significant progress to be made.
The first obstacle that needs to be attended is climate change. According to NASA, the average global temperature has increased by about 1.7 F in the last 136 years. It might not sound like much, but it is having huge effects on Earth. An area of sea ice around 10 times the size of the United Kingdom has been lost since the early 1980s, and since 1900, sea levels have risen by on average about 19cm globally. If not fixed global warming could lead to shortages in freshwater and a rise in the number of casualties from floods, storms, heat waves and droughts. I think an important step towards preventing this future is having the United States move towards green energy and encourage other countries to do the same before it is too late.
Protecting wildlife is another problem that the United States faces that is essential to both humans and animals alike. A plentiful passel of progress is needed to provide preferable protection for plants and animals. Protecting wildlife is important for three main reasons. The first is to promote biodiversity. Biodiversity is essential for a healthy and functional ecosystem. If wildlife is extracted from its natural habitat, the delicate balance of the ecosystem will be disturbed which will then lead to disastrous results. Another reason is to benefit the human race. A lot can be learned from wildlife that can help humans. One example is all of the medicines that have been created from plants and animals. The last reason protecting wildlife is important is to preserve the natural ecosystem. Conservation of natural habitats helps keep the essential watersheds intact and ensuring clean, fresh water along with other positive things. Protecting wildlife is very important to our environment and to us.
The last environmental problem that I would like to address is pollution. Pollution is one of the biggest global killers; it affects over 100 million people. That’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV. By preventing pollution we could reduce both financial costs for cleaning water and air as well as environmental costs such as health problems and environmental damage. It is important that we take steps in the right direction such as product redesign, substitution of raw materials, and process or equipment modifications.
There are so many things we need to work on in helping to improve how we treat our world. We are already taking steps towards this, but we have to push harder. We need to do more and more to get back on track with protecting Earth and it’s precious resources along with our own well being.